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“Five Eyes” Sign Cooperation Agreement in Competition Matters

European Union ,  United Kingdom ,  USA   September 18 2020 The Five Eyes Alliance has its origins in cooperation between US and UK intelligence agencies during the Second World War. It solidified into the secret relationship between the intelligence agencies of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK and US during the Cold War. Its soubriquet “Five Eyes” came from the protective marking on intelligence material shared between the five allies – AUS/CAN/NZ/UK/US EYES ONLY. The alliance remained in the shadows for decades – details of some of its programmes coming to public prominence in the revelations by Edward Snowden in 2013. Increasingly, the Five Eyes has become a more public arrangement. In June this year, Five Country Ministerial (FCM) meetings were held between Finance, Foreign and Home Security Ministers. In the past couple of years, the Five Eyes have adopted joint positions on a range of issues, from encryption in internet platforms, rare mineral supply, resilience in critical nat

Good spies, bad spies: new book's shocking exposé of Australian espionage

RESEARCHER Honorary Fellow Dr John Fahey WRITER Sarah Maguire DATE 16 September 2020 FACULTY Faculty of Arts TOPIC Our Stories Arts and Society Minorities were persecuted while communist spies ran amok – such is the record of Australia’s early security services, reveals a new book by Macquarie Honorary Fellow Dr John Fahey, officially launched today. Incompetence and corruption in Australia’s early security intelligence network has been laid excruciatingly bare in a new book by Honorary Fellow in Macquarie’s Department of Criminology and Security Studies, Dr John Fahey. Ian Milner, a KGB agent in the Department of External Affairs, on holidays in Lorne with his wife Margot in 1941. Picture: Alexander Turnbull Library  Traitors and Spies: Espionage and Corruption in High Places in Australia, 1901-1950  lays out the new nation of Australia’s need for an internal security intelligence service, and how it took a half-century of machinations and missteps, cronyism and corruption, before the

Australia’s tough new approach to combating espionage and foreign interference

Australia   September 18 2020 In an increasingly connected society,  espionage and foreign interference  represent growing threats to Australia’s national security, sovereignty, and economic prosperity. There is a need to reform and modernise  national security laws  to ensure that Australia is not permitting malicious foreign actors to harm its interests. The  National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Act   2018  was passed by Parliament on 28 June 2018, amending the  Criminal Code Act 1995  (Cth). This Act strengthens a range of espionage offences and introduces various new foreign interference laws, providing Australian law enforcement and security agencies with the necessary powers to effectively investigate and prosecute these offences. Criminal charges and imprisonment are now potential consequences for actions that may previously have been considered breaches of administrative policy. What are the key changes? The  National Security Legislation

Saudi Leadership Must Focus on Innovation for the Future

16 September   2020 A glorious year beckoned for Saudi Arabia, in leading the G20 and hosting the G20 Leaders' Summit in Riyadh in November. Instead, empowering its people and capitalizing on its youth should become the focus for an embattled leadership. Dr Neil Quilliam Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme @NeilQuilliam1 Meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors of the G20 nations in the Saudi capital Riyadh on February 23, 2020. Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images The G20 summit in November was to be a moment when the world focused its attention on Saudi Arabia. As the leaders of the world's 20 largest economies came together for the first time in an Arab capital and presided over the world’s greatest challenges and opportunities, King Salman would have taken centre stage with his son and crown prince Mohammed bin Salman not far behind in the spotlight. However this will now be a virtual summit, and that is probably a blessing in di

India Needs More Than Expert Committee To Cleanse China’s Cyber Spread

September 18, 2020 0 The country needs to build up the required capability inhouse, besides joining multinational effort to police cyberattacks and develop foolproof standards with heavy penalties for violators By Prasad Nallapati India has set up an expert committee to look into alleged snooping by the Chinese company, Zhenhua Data Information Technology, after  Indian Express  reported its massive operations in the country and abroad. The Shenzhen-based company, whose customers included Chinese intelligence and military agencies, targeted individuals and institutions in politics, government, business, technology, media, and civil society and monitored their digital footprint across social media platforms, papers, patents, bidding documents, commercial transactions, etc. Using such data, a threat analysis is produced, customized to the requirements of customers, through Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools. The Company’s “Overseas Key Information Database” shows that it was tracking abo