Have you used Google lately and been greeted by a yellow warning saying that the way Australians search on Google is under threat? To understand why these messages are appearing, Media Files interviewed former chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Professor Allan Fels, and CEO of the […]

Dissections are a staple of high school science classes. But they may not benefit everyone. (Credit: PJ Garrett/Shutterstock) Each time Karina Frey picked up a scalpel to begin a dissection in her high school science classes, she felt sad. “I’m an animal lover,” she says, “so knowing animals were killed […]

Looking a bit like a bowl of spaghetti, this map shows the general scheme of the US stock market — formally known as the National Market System — as described by a team of scientist at the University of Vermont and The MITRE Corporation. Spread out between four communities in northern […]

The headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. ROB CRANDALL/ALAMY STOCK PHOTO Originally published by E&E News In a stinging rebuke of the Trump administration’s handling of science, an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advisory panel has found major shortcomings in the agency’s pursuit of key regulatory rollbacks. The […]

Email exchanges show senior employees and Flint officials knew the tap water was poisoned with lead months before the city alerted residents. PHOTOGRAPH: GEOFF ROBINS/GETTY IMAGES This story originally appeared on The Guardian and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Executives at one of the world’s largest utilities companies knew that families in […]

While leaks and whistleblowers continue to be valuable tools in the fight for data privacy, we can’t rely on them solely to keep big tech companies in check. SHUTTERSTOCK As survey results pile, it’s becoming clear Australians are sceptical about how their online data is tracked and used. But one […]

Neural networks can generate artificial representations of human faces, as well as realistic renderings of actual people. Shutterstock Fake videos and doctored photographs, often based on events such as the Moon landing and supposed UFO appearances, have been the subject of fascination for decades. Such imagery is often deep fake content, called so […]

Data ethics is now a cause célèbre. “Digital ethics and privacy” shot into research and advisory company Gartner’s top ten strategic technology trends for 2019. Before that it barely raised a mention. In the past year governments, corporations and policy and technology think tanks have published data ethics guides. An entire cohort of expert data ethicists have magically […]