• Pacific

    Turning the cybersecurity spotlight on the Pacific


    Open Forum |  October 21, 2018


    A digital tsunami is engulfing the Pacific. Undersea cables are gradually bringing high-speed internet connections, with all its thrills and risks, to remote island nations. This new connectivity brings a host of opportunities, but care must be taken to guard against risks too.


  • Culture

    Divide and conquer: Understanding the role of sacred values


    Open Forum |  October 21, 2018


    Our attachment to the values we hold sacred can divide us but developing a better understanding of their role may help break deadlocks in long-running disputes.


  • Society

    Can restorative justice help create safer communities?


    Open Forum |  October 21, 2018


    A researcher from The University of Western Australia believes that a restorative justice approach in prisons will play a key role in prompting convicts to behave in morally acceptable ways before and after their release.


Latest Story

  • We can send people to Venus

    Ian Whittaker     |      October 20, 2018

    While the surface of Venus is utterly hostile, it should be possible to float in its clouds and study a planet which was once Earth’s twin and may hold clues for the future of climate change.

  • Hard times in Australian strategic thinking

    Rod Lyon     |      October 20, 2018

    A stronger defence force is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for achieving the sort of world that Australia want. Partnerships have also been central to our strategic success, and will remain so, but they must be partnerships we have chosen of our own free will.

  • Did climate change wipe out the Australian lion?

    Open Forum     |      October 20, 2018

    Scientists now believe Thylacoleo carnifex was probably a victim of the drying out of Australia, which began about 350,000 years ago, rather than from the impact of humans.

  • What’s the big deal about digital identity?

    Fergus Hanson     |      October 19, 2018

    New steps towards developing secure digital identities have a lot of potential to make our lives easier, but privacy and security concerns means it must be done right.

  • The climate threat to cities past and present

    Open Forum     |      October 19, 2018

    The fall of Angkor has long puzzled historians, archaeologists and scientists, but now a University of Sydney research team is one step closer to discovering what led to the city’s demise — and it comes with a warning for modern urban communities.

  • Sydney may leave the CBD model behind

    Open Forum     |      October 19, 2018

    Sydney may soon undergo a transition from a monocentric city with sprawling suburbs radiating from one CBD, to a polycentric model – one marked by several sub-centres – according to a recent study led by a multidisciplinary team at the University of Sydney.

  • Youth empowerment for social good: Samoan start-up seeks to digitally revolutionise education

    Olisana Mariner     |      October 18, 2018

    A young Samoan entrepreneur with a passion for education and technology, Olisana Mariner, talks about her recent visit to Sydney to participate in the Pacific Connect Forum and a mentoring session at Stone & Chalk, Asia’s largest fintech start-up hub.

  • The view from the top

    Brian Schmidt     |      October 18, 2018

    Professor Brian Schmidt, Vice Chancellor of the Australian National University, outlined the stark choice facing humanity in his keynote address to the Times Higher Education World Academic Summit in Singapore.

  • 3 million Australians live in poverty

    Larissa Mavros     |      October 18, 2018

    A new report shows that national poverty rates remain high despite Australia experiencing decades of uninterrupted economic growth.

  • Australia’s new campaign to end age discrimination

    Open Forum     |      October 18, 2018

    More than 20 high-profile organisations and individuals have launched a powerful coalition to help fight ageism and age discrimination in Australia and issued a call for public support.

  • Gene therapy is still in its infancy but the future looks bright

    Merlin Crossley     |      October 17, 2018

    Once genetic lesions for diseases such as cystic fibrosis and haemophilia were identified, the idea of replacing or correcting defective genes grew into what we now call “gene therapy” but when will the promise of cures become a reality?

  • Ending sexual violence as a weapon of war

    Jacqui True     |      October 17, 2018

    The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege in recognition of their personal struggles to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.