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'Don't be evil' a struggle for Google

05 September 2007 | James Massola
Google - too good to be trueChannel 7's purchase of AFL players' medical records has highlighted privacy concerns. Most users of Google are not aware of the extent to which it compromises their privacy.

Governments duped over GM food crops

22 August 2007 | Charles Rue

Governments duped over GM food cropsAustralian governments have been caught up in a religious type rapture over biotech industry promises. They are seemingly unaware of their economic strategies, which provide for big long-term profits through monopoly control of the food industry.

Apple's iPhone illustrates 'feature creep' scourge

11 July 2007 | James Massola
Apple's iPhone illustrates 'feature creep' scourgeNew features, whether we need them or not, have become the hook used to capture new customers. The past fortnight's scramble for the iPhone in the US has shown that consumers are only too willing to pay for features they will probably never need.

Emissions Task Group squibbed its challenge

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27 June 2007 | Les Coleman
Emissions Task Group squibbed its challengeLast week the Prime Minister’s Task Group on Emissions Trading released its report. Given that even Malcom Turnbull has described climate change as “the great economic challenge of our times”, the Report’s 200-plus pages are decidedly thin on substance.

Few Aboriginal digital citizens 40 years after referendum

13 June 2007 | Margaret Cassidy

Few Aboriginal digital citizens 40 years after ReferendumThe award-winning 2006 Rolf de Heer film Ten Canoes was shown to mark last weekend's anniversary. While the film itself, and many of its actors and collaborators, have a significant online presence, Australia's indigenous culture remains under-represented in the digital medium.

Recherche Bay researcher aided natural beauty preservation

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13 June 2007 | Peter Pierce
Recherche Bay historian aids natural  beauty preservationFive years ago, when Recherche Bay in Tasmania's far south was threatened with logging, the heritage importance of the area had to be freshly and strenuously established. The work of local historian Bruce Poulson proved crucial.

A nuclear reactor in my back yard

13 June 2007 | Colin Brown
A nuclear reactor in my back yardIn 1996, Lucas Heights was renamed Barden Ridge, in order to preserve property values. Few people enjoy living near a nuclear reactor. Many also doubt that building more nuclear reactors will provide an answer to our run away greenhouse gas emissions.

Time to plan for migration forced by climate change

13 June 2007 | David Corlett
Climate change-forced migrationEven the skeptics are accepting that climate change is with us. Yet the impact of climate change on the movement of people around the world – usually the poorest – is almost entirely absent from public debate.

Grieving at Amazon.com

18 May 2007 | Daniel Donahoo

Grieving at Amazon.comWe can only imagine the shelves of an online bookshop to be dustless. But this does not preclude the very real presence of the spirit of a close relative who died two decades before the Internet took hold.

Science journalism battles stereotypes

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18 May 2007 | Tim Thwaites
Science journalism battles stereotypesScience coverage in the media is dominated by boffins and nerds in lab coats . It loses out to “real” stories of politics and economics in the serious broadsheets, magazines and current affairs programs, and to crime and celebrities in the tabloids and to infotainment on TV.

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