Thousands of Australians are set to save Attorney-General Nicola Roxon’s parliamentary email address as ‘Nosey Nicola’, and cc her on the day-to-day emails they believe the government shouldn’t be monitoring and retaining.
Nosey Nicola’s November Nightmare is a response to proposed changes in Australia’s national security laws, especially the proposal for blanket data retention. Generation Alpha, a Australian-based Facebook group of environmental and justice activists, has 5,000 Australian members from which to launch the campaign,
The campaign is based on humour, promoting that it is helping the attorney-general monitor Australian’s personal emails. The YouTube instructional video has examples of Australians cc’ing ‘Nosey Nicola’ on matters such as a fungal infection, the nature of existence, picking up a six-pack, and teenagers meeting each other in the mall.
Generation Alpha spokesperson Ben Pennings said, ‘We encourage concerned Australians to cc Nicola Roxon on their day-to-day emails, email traffic the federal government shouldn’t be monitoring and retaining. We don’t want to crash government computer systems. But we do want to send a humorous but clear message to the attorney-general that the government shouldn’t have their nose in the private business of either activists or the general public.
‘We have grave concerns that the data collected will be used by governments to monitor and hinder people undertaking legal protest. Similarly, the information could be used against journalists and whistle-blowers keeping governments to account.
‘Generation Alpha demands that intelligence agencies, law-enforcement officials and politicians respect the values of Australians by respecting our fundamental rights of privacy and political protest.
‘The lack of detail on data-retention safeguards is concerning. This issue is essential as there will be large financial incentives for criminal gangs to hack personal information for the use of fraud, identity theft, human trafficking and other serious crime.’
Nosey Nicola’s email: [email protected].
Generation Alpha: www.facebook.com/GenerationAlpha.