• Dances with data

    Peter Martin     |      December 27, 2021

    While graphs can be used to massage or misrepresent data, they can also clarify trends at a glance.

  • The power of indigenous data

    James Rose     |      May 27, 2021

    Government has recognised the importance of Indigenous Data to Closing the Gap, but datasets need to be community-driven and owned if they are to be most effective.

  • The Christmas gifts that keep giving – your data away

    Paul Haskell-Dowland     |      January 5, 2021

    It’s exciting to get tech gifts for Christmas, but few of us stop to consider how our new devices may open channels between ourselves and cyber criminals. With this in mind, here are some simple tips to help you lock down your digital footprint this year.

  • Two data points can pinpoint you in open transport records

    Vanessa Teague     |      August 18, 2019

    Last year, 15 million partially redacted public transport passenger details were posted online. It took Melbourne University researchers very little time to re-identify themselves and others, highlighting a risk to privacy.

  • “Why technology favors tyranny”: only part of the story?

    Malcolm Crompton     |      May 16, 2019

    Australia’s leading expert on privacy and data ownership, Malcolm Crompton, responds to a recent article by Yuval Noah Harari, the bestselling author of Sapiens.

  • Big tech designs its own ethics to avoid scrutiny

    David Watts     |      April 10, 2019

    The feelgood, high-level data ethics principles espoused by the tech giants do little to control their behaviour. The abuses perpetrated by “big tech” can only be addressed by proper regulation.

  • Online data – What can we do to protect it?

    Nick Galov     |      March 28, 2019

    It’s a battle to protect your personal data online, but you can improve your odds against the hackers and scammers by following these simple, but often overlooked, safeguards.

  • Data sharing by popular health apps is “routine”

    Open Forum     |      March 23, 2019

    Mobile health apps are a booming market targeted at both patients and health professionals. However these apps also pose unprecedented risk to consumers’ privacy given their ability to collect sensitive user data of great value to commercial interests.

  • How safe is our data from the long arm of the law?

    Vanessa Teague     |      February 13, 2019

    New legislation which aims to expose the communications of serious criminals might undermine the security of Australian citizens in the name of protecting it.

  • Digital Earth and data cities

    Davina Jackson     |      January 3, 2019

    Today’s smart cities rely on electronic networks and are planned with data from space, but how do people fit into this new digital age?

  • Why data is king

    David Byrne     |      December 16, 2018

    The more people use Facebook or Google, the more data they collect, and the more valuable the platforms become for both consumers and advertisers, but their ever greater power also raises issues of public concern.

  • The encryption deal done, but more work is needed

    Fergus Hanson     |      December 6, 2018

    Australia has a strong history of bipartisanship on national security issues and is much stronger for it. This tradition has held, just about, through the debate on data encryption, but much still remains to be done.