Governments are attempting to regulate tech giants, but the digital disruption genie is already out of the bottle. Shutterstock Back in the 1990s – a lifetime ago in internet terms – the Spanish sociologist Manuel Castells published several books charting the rise of information networks. He predicted that in the networked age, […]

Your online activity can be turned into an intimate portrait of your life – and used for profit. Shutterstock.com Australia’s consumer watchdog has recommended major changes to our consumer protection and privacy laws. If these reforms are adopted, consumers will have much more say about how we deal with Google, Facebook, and […]

Facebook and Google potentially face fresh curbs on their market power. Shutterstock.com The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has called for “holistic, dynamic reforms” to address the online dominance of digital behemoths such as Google and Facebook. A 600-page report, released today, makes 23 recommendations for regulating digital platforms – […]

Both the US and Australia are restricting the activities of Chinese telco Huawei. Roman Pilipey / AAP The United States and Australia are deliberately restricting the place of Chinese telco Huawei in their telecommunications landscapes. We’re told these changes will be worth it from a security point of view. Read […]

The Privacy Act gives you the right to find out what’s in your credit report and change any incorrect information in your report. fromwww.shutterstock.com The Australian government encourages citizens to protect their privacy and personal information. Most of the tips provided by the Office of the Information Commissioner are pretty intuitive – […]

WhatsApp says more than 1 billion use the app. Shutterstock/XanderS It’s been a day of high-profile security incidents. First there was news the popular WhatsApp messenger app was hacked. Updated versions of WhatsApp have been released, which you should install if you’re one of the more than one billion people who use […]

A pilot project to test the DNA of migrant families at the US-Mexico border raises concerns about the rise of a genetic surveillance state. MARK RALSTON/GETTY IMAGES STARTING AS SOON as next week, the Department of Homeland Security will begin piloting a DNA testing program at the US-Mexico border intended to expose immigrants […]

All sorts of data is collected on Australian farms, such as stock numbers and crop details. from www.shutterstock.com Most of us are familiar with cases of data being used in ways that go beyond consumer expectations – just think of the Facebook Cambridge Analytica scandal. However this is also an issue […]

Artificial intelligence needs to be developed with an ethical framework. Shutterstock/Alexander Supertramp The question of whether technology is good or bad depends on how it’s developed and used. Nowhere is that more topical than in technolgies using artificial intelligence. When developed and used appropriately, artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential […]