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News & Analysis

Women are finding support in closed Facebook groups, but running them adds to their burden and stress

- September 27, 2021 3 MIN READ

Would you share your most intimate thoughts with strangers? For many women, during the pandemic and associated lockdowns, closed Facebook groups have been a place to do just that. These groups offer a chance to escape the house virtually and spend time with like-minded souls, sometimes chatting, often venting, and seeking solidarity in virtual sisterhood.… Read more »

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Cyber security

If you’re being bombarded with scam delivery messages, here’s why and what can be done

- September 25, 2021 5 MIN READ

For most people, the ping of an incoming SMS will induce some level of excitement — or mild intrigue at least. But with SMS scams on the rise, many may now be meeting this same sound with trepidation. According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) ScamWatch website, scams delivered via “phone” or “text”… Read more »

News & Analysis

Everything you need to know about Victoria’s earthquake, including staying safe from aftershocks

- September 23, 2021 4 MIN READ

A magnitude 5.8 earthquake has struck about 115 kilometres east of Melbourne in Victoria, causing damage to buildings and forcing residents to evacuate across the city. The quake, which started near Woods Point at a depth of 12km, was also felt in Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide and even as far as Launceston, Tasmania. I and the… Read more »

Innovation

A new report reveals that Australia is falling behind the US, UK and China on digital tech innovation

- September 21, 2021 3 MIN READ

Digital technologies are now at the heart of our everyday lives, as anyone who has swapped their office for a videoconferencing screen, or downloaded a contact-tracing app, knows only too well. This trend is set to continue even in a post-COVID world. Australia is at a crossroads in developing a strong digital economy to meet… Read more »

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News & Analysis

Why your internet feels slow and jumpy, even when you’ve paid for high-speed NBN

- September 20, 2021 3 MIN READ

Of the 8.2 million homes and businesses active on Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) in July 2021, 77% are now reported to be on a broadband plan that delivers speeds of at least 50 megabits per second (Mbps). This is plenty to accommodate a typical household’s needs for video streaming (Netflix high-definition resolution, for instance,… Read more »

Deep Tech

One reason Australia can’t make mRNA vaccine is because Australia doesn’t produce enough deep tech startups

- September 17, 2021 4 MIN READ

Caught out by its strategy to bet on COVID-19 vaccines that could be made in Australia, the federal government is now scrambling to manufacture mRNA vaccines locally. Its “approach to market” strategy has effectively asked companies how much government money they need to do so. But even with subsidies, this plan will take years. So… Read more »

Mark Zuckerberg
News & Analysis

Facebook’s Ray-Ban plan seems to be all about normalising surveillance technology

- September 14, 2021 3 MIN READ

In partnership with eyewear brand Ray-Ban, Facebook has released its first pair of smart glasses, offering wearers the ability to capture photos and videos without even needing to pull out their phone. The glasses, called Ray-Ban Stories, are now available for A$449 and are functionally similar to devices already on the market, such as SnapChat… Read more »

The Conversation
News & Analysis

Technology is key for refugees starting new lives in Australia, but not everyone has equal access

- September 12, 2021 3 MIN READ

As evacuees and refugees from Afghanistan start their new lives in Australia, their ability to navigate the digital world will be crucial. Our research, published this week, reveals how newly arrived refugees use digital technologies as they begin this new chapter. Importantly, new arrivals will need some level of digital know-how to participate in QR… Read more »

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News & Analysis

New Australian surveillance laws give police powers to alter Facebook and Twitter posts

- September 7, 2021 4 MIN READ

A new law gives Australian police unprecedented powers for online surveillance, data interception and altering data. These powers, outlined in the Surveillance Legislation Amendment (Identify and Disrupt) Bill, raise concerns over potential misuse, privacy and security. The bill updates the Surveillance Devices Act 2004 and Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979. In essence, it allows… Read more »

Global tech

Google’s ad ramp up is making it even harder to google what you’re looking for

- September 2, 2021 3 MIN READ

Over the past 25 years, the name “Google” has become synonymous with the idea of searching for anything online. In much the same way “to Hoover” means to use a vacuum cleaner, dictionaries have recognised “to Google” as meaning to undertake an online search using any available service. Former competitors such as AltaVista and AskJeeves… Read more »

Birds fight, Twitter
News & Analysis

Twitter is designed for hostility and controversy – and women cop it the most. Here’s why, and how it might change

- September 1, 2021 4 MIN READ

Twitter has come under increasing public scrutiny for facilitating hostile communication online. While the micro-blogging site promotes itself as providing a “free” and “safe” space to talk, critics have highlighted the company’s inept response to repeated instances of trolling, harassment and abuse. Our research into how people present themselves and manage their interactions with other… Read more »

Woolworths
ecommerce

Coles and Woolworths have turned to big tech, bringing in warehouse robots as online ordering jumps in lockdowns

- August 29, 2021 4 MIN READ

As lockdowns continue across Australia, many households are doing something they may not have considered just 18 months ago: ordering groceries online. Australia’s supermarket duopoly, Coles and Woolworths, have raced to implement new technology and transform labour arrangements to keep up with the e-grocery boom. Both are investing in “smart” warehousing and distribution systems with… Read more »

Binar-1 cubesat
News & Analysis

We’ve built Australia’s first scratch-built satellite – and it’s a giant leap towards the Moon

- August 24, 2021 4 MIN READ

On August 28, a SpaceX rocket will blast off from Cape Canaveral in Florida, carrying supplies bound for the International Space Station. But also on board will be a small satellite that represents a giant leap into space for our research program here in Western Australia. Our satellite, called Binar-1 after the Noongar word for… Read more »