THE METADATA MINE-FIELD: How your phone tracks your every move

FEAR. Tony Abbott has used this beast well to push through draconian legislative changes that have severely eroded civil libertie in this country. The legislative changes that give unprecedented powers to even low-level security personnel, that allow extensive surveillance on citizens without any reason other than the purported suspicion of someone, and the power to arrest and hold without charge for lengthy periods are just some of the perfidies that…

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My Outrage Is Better Than Your Outrage

It is easy to mock the feelings of others but not particularly clever. However, although I feel the tone of this article is somewhat patronising and derogatory of those who care, it also highlights a valid issue about which all of us may usefully think. Would love to hear your feelings about this topic Even when a dentist kills an adored lion and everyone is furious, there’s loftier righteousness to…

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The New Censorship – Career blackmail or Totalitarianism by stealth

A perhaps not new but certainly increasingly used and brazen form of speech control is taking place in the Australia of today. We have now seen several examples of media employees being sacked, apparently for having personal views of which their employer disapproves. It would be questionable behaviour for this to happen within the work environment unless it involved some deliberate or unethical sabotage of the role in which they…

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