Food delivery

Online food delivery is turning into a massive environmental problem and burgers are the biggest culprit

- January 20, 2021 4 MIN READ

Over the past few years, Australians have embraced online food delivery services such as UberEats, Deliveroo and Menulog. But home-delivered food comes with a climate cost, and single-use packaging is one of the biggest contributors. Our research found Australians placed 27 million online food orders in 2018. By 2024, this number is projected to increase… Read more »

Global tech

Social media v free speech: A note to Australian politicians – no, you don’t have a right to incite

- January 13, 2021 4 MIN READ

The recent storming of the US Capitol has led a number of social media platforms to remove President Donald Trump’s accounts. In the case of Twitter, the ban is permanent. Others, like Facebook, have taken him offline until after President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week. This has led to a flurry of commentary in the… Read more »

Global tech

It took a riot in the US capitol for Facebook and Twitter to finally tackle Donald Trump head on

- January 8, 2021 4 MIN READ

Amid the chaos in the US Capitol, stoked largely by rhetoric from President Donald Trump, Twitter has locked his account, with 88.7 million followers, for 12 hours. Facebook and Instagram quickly followed suit, locking Trump’s accounts — with 35.2 million followers and 24.5 million, respectively — for at least two weeks, the remainder of his… Read more »

Healthtech

Meet Edna: the chatbot that helps patients make a difficult medical decision

- January 4, 2021 4 MIN READ

Allow us to introduce Edna — Australia’s first “genomics chatbot”. The opening dialogue of Edna the chatbot. Edna (short for “electronic-DNA”) helps patients make informed decisions about seeking “additional findings” testing. Additional findings testing looks for variants in patients’ genes that aren’t relevant to their current health, but may be later on. For example, it… Read more »

Insights

Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, who was married to the world’s richest bloke, just gave away $5.5bn. Here’s what we can all learn from her actions

- December 18, 2020 3 MIN READ

The author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott announced on Dec. 15 that she had given almost US$4.2 billion to hundreds of nonprofits. It was her second announcement of this kind since she first publicly discussed her giving intentions in May of 2019. In July 2020, Scott revealed that she’d already given away nearly $1.7 billion to… Read more »

Artificial Intelligence

The battle at Google over biased algorithms and unaccountable AI shows even the people designing them have deep concerns

- December 11, 2020 3 MIN READ

Artificial intelligence (AI) is no longer the stuff of science fiction. In the form of machine learning tools and decision-making algorithms, it’s all around us. AI determines what news you get served up on the internet. It plays a key role in online matchmaking, which is now the way most romantic couples get together. It… Read more »

Cyber security

Turns out many cybercriminals are just poorly paid workers stuck in a dead-end job

- December 7, 2020 4 MIN READ

New research is questioning the popular notion that cybercriminals can make millions of dollars from the comfort of home — and without much effort. Our paper, published in the journal Trends in Organised Crime, suggests offenders who illegally sell cybercrime tools to other groups aren’t promised automatic success. Indeed, the “crimeware-as-a-service” market is a highly… Read more »

News & Analysis

Why taxing electric vehicles is an important next step in government policy

- November 30, 2020 4 MIN READ

The South Australian and Victorian governments have announced, and New South Wales is considering, road user charges on electric vehicles. This policy has drawn scorn from environmental advocates and motor vehicle lobbyists who fear it will slow the uptake of less-polluting vehicles. But, from a longer-term transport policy perspective, a distance-based road user charge on… Read more »

Insights

How Australia can reap the benefits and avoid the pitfalls of the Internet of Things

- November 10, 2020 4 MIN READ

The Internet of Things (IoT) is already all around us. Online devices have become essential in industries from manufacturing and healthcare to agriculture and environmental management, not to mention our own homes. Digital consulting firm Ovum estimates that by 2022 Australian homes will host more than 47 million IoT devices, and the value of the… Read more »

News & Analysis

After winning the US Presidential election Joe Biden now has to fight the one thing Americans agree on: the nation’s deep division

- November 8, 2020 4 MIN READ

A timeless tradition in political journalism is trying to find a narrative that explains an electoral outcome. A widely accepted narrative to explain Barack Obama’s win over John McCain in 2008 was that Americans wanted to embrace the “change” candidate who appeared the most dissimilar to then-President George W Bush. The narrative four years later… Read more »