• Watch the skies!

    Alan Stevenson     |      June 30, 2020

    The release of footage from US Navy jets tracking fast moving, unidentified craft has rekindled interest in the possibility of alien visitors from distant worlds.

  • Beware the digital butler

    Alan Stevenson     |      June 23, 2020

    Digital personal assistants from Apple, Google, Amazon and other tech giants may offer a degree of convenience, but users should be wary of them taking an ever greater interest in our personal affairs.

  • Facing up to facial recognition

    Niels Wouters     |      May 26, 2020

    Facial recognition technology is one tool in the fight against COVID-19, but once the pandemic ends, is surveillance tech going to entrench itself in our society?

  • Bring “bio-hackers” into the fold

    Andrew Lapworth     |      May 13, 2020

    Biohackers and other ‘connoisseurs of science’ have important social and scientific contributions to make and should be accepted into the established scientific community.

  • The internet v COVID-19

    Elaine Wong     |      April 22, 2020

    With a much greater number of us schooling, working and streaming from home during the COVID-19 crisis, what are the risks to our internet during the pandemic?

  • Medical research must deliver the solution

    Michael Mintrom     |      April 20, 2020

    There is an urgent need for more coordinated funding to fight COVID-19, both in terms of improving treatment and eventually developing a vaccine if we are to get on top of the crisis.

  • Privacy v the pandemic

    Patrick Fair     |      April 17, 2020

    Government tracking of mobile phones could be a potent weapon against COVID-19 in helping to monitor possible contacts, however the use of such data raises a host of privacy questions.

  • Q&A – Debunking the 5G conspiracy theory

    Rodney Croft     |      April 14, 2020

    The absurd idea that new 5G mobile data technology might be responsible for causing or spreading the coronavirus has led to cell-towers being attacked in Britain and elsewhere. In this article, radiation expert Professor Rodney Croft from the University of Wollongong answers your questions and debunks the conspiracy.

  • Legislation + assessment = privacy

    Malcolm Crompton     |      April 9, 2020

    A formula to assess the privacy risks of information platforms could play a useful role in protecting the public, informing investors and shaping government policy.

  • Staying safe when you need help with your computer

    Norm McLaughlin     |      April 9, 2020

    With millions of us confined to our homes because of the coronavirus, there has never been a greater need for remote computer support. But how do you find someone trustworthy to help when your computer plays up?

  • The new transparency: smartphones, data tracking, and COVID-19

    Neil Selwyn     |      March 11, 2020

    Digital technology might well play an important part in the immediate management of this current emergency, but once the virus has subsided, then more lasting questions will remain.

  • Are STEM schemes for women effective?

    Lisa Harvey-Smith     |      March 10, 2020

    There are more than 330 separate initiatives across Australia to increase the participation of women and girls in STEM studies and careers, but more hard data is needed to judge if any of them are actually working.