Weekly Snapshot Issue No: 6 – 16 November 2018

Case we are discussing…

We recently came across an interesting High Court case of Trkulja v Google LLC [2018] HCA 25; 92 ALJR relating to defamation, the capacity to defame and most interestingly, where the allegedly defamatory matter includes Google search results and auto complete predictions of the internet search engine. 

Mr. Trkulja found that Google search results of his name generated images and articles that carried defamatory imputations, namely that he was a hardened and serious criminal in Melbourne and was in the same league as convicted murderer Carl Williams, underworld killer Andrew ‘Benji’ Veniamin, notorious murderer Tony Mokbel and the Mafia Boss Mario Rocco Condello. 

The High Court delved into a discussion of Google’s contribution to how search results are generated and immunity among others things.  It also provided a great refresher on the application of the “reasonable person” test and found that the Court of Appeal erred in its ruling that the Google search results did not constitute as defamation. 

Read the full case here: https://jade.io/article/587903  

TED Talk we’ve revisited…

Richard Fidler, host of the ABC radio show “Conversations” presents an inspiring talk on the power and force of curiosity and how it can really bring people alive. He reminds us that maintaining that insatiable hunger for new knowledge and experience can in some cases even save people from falling into debilitating depression. 

Our favourite part is right up at the beginning… here is an excerpt: 

“Your head is like mine, like all our heads; big enough to contain every God and devil, big enough to hold the weight of oceans and the turning stars, whole universes fit in there. But what do we choose to keep in this miraculous cabinet?  Little broken things; sad trinkets that we play with over and over. The world turns our key and we play the same little tune again and again and we think that tune is all we are”…

That’s your queue folks to step out of the rat wheel and put some thought into how often you operate on auto-pilot. Assess how monotonous the content you consume is on a daily basis and try to embrace curiosity and new experiences back into your life. 

Watch and hear the Ted Talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngvrV5yPni4 

Performance artist we’re following:

Many of your may have come across Marina Abramovic, the artist who pushes the boundary between audience and artist in pursuit of heightened consciousness and personal change. Perhaps it’s her captivating face, entrancing voice or charismatic personality – whatever it is, something about this woman makes you really stop and observe. You know she has a history and can somehow pull you towards her. Let’s just say this woman takes curiosity to a whole new level and often experiments with what she could do with just pure energy and how far she could push the human mind.  Check out Rhythm 0 and her 2010 work, “Artist is Present”.

Chocolate we’re grazing on…

We’ve come to accept that we need chocolate. On a daily basis. “Well Naturally, no sugar added Dark Chocolate” makes us feel a little less guiltier about our habit. The dark chocolate variety contains 70% cocoa (none of that compound rubbish) and sweetened with stevia so there is no weird chemical aftertaste. We’re loving the raspberry crush & almond chip variety. 

Restock your pantries and chocolate stash at work by buying some from Woolworths or any health food store.  

Quote we’re pondering:

“Width of life is more important than length of life” – Ibn Sina (a.k.a Avicenna). 

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