George Osborne, the Evening Standard and the Conservative media establishment – Angela Phillips

18 03 2017

The appointment of George Osborne, a Conservative MP and former chancellor of the exchequer, as editor of the Evening Standard was, to put it mildly, a surprise to many. But the move only makes more explicit the newspaper’s close ties to the Conservative Party. Read the rest of this entry »





If surveillance cameras are to be kept in line, the rules will have to keep pace with technology – William Webster

17 03 2017

Image 20170314 10724 1e3fqhlIt has been said that Britain has more surveillance cameras than any other country in the world. This proliferation of CCTV cameras led the government to establish a surveillance camera commissioner responsible for overseeing their governance – the only country in the world to do so. Read the rest of this entry »





CIA hacking Q&A: can your TV spy on you and is your phone listening in? – Daniele Sgandurra

10 03 2017

WikiLeaks has released thousands of documents that appear to show how the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is able to spy on smartphones, computers and other internet-connected devices. Read the rest of this entry »





Fake news: a user’s guide – Brian McNair

9 03 2017

With Zelig-like serendipity I was in Stockholm when #lastnightinsweden went viral. While echoing the melancholic majesty of a classic ABBA song title, the hashtag #lastnightinsweden actually referred to yet another Donald Trump dump of alleged “fake news” on an increasingly exhausted world. The Conversation Read the rest of this entry »





Good news in an era of fake news: the public is becoming wiser about how the media works – James Rodgers

7 03 2017

Storytelling is a key part of human culture. Where politics and power are concerned, stories become something not only to be told, but to be shaped and influenced – so that, in many cases, they are used to mislead or deceive. Read the rest of this entry »





Here’s why the Murdochs’ bid for control of Sky must be referred to Ofcom – Martin Moore

3 03 2017

Almost seven years on from the Murdoch’s first attempt to take over the remainder of Sky, Rupert, James and Lachlan are trying again. This time they are confident of pulling it off. Read the rest of this entry »





Australians believe statutory protections against offensive behaviour because of race, colour or national or ethnic origin should stay – Andrew Jakubowicz, Kevin Dunn and Rachel Sharples

28 02 2017

racismWhile debate over the merits of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act continues to rage, new research shows that an overwhelming majority of Australians support legislation that prevents insults on the basis of race, culture or religion. The ConversationWe found that just 10% of Australians believe people should have the freedom to “insult” and “offend” people on the basis of race, culture or religion. Over 75% are opposed. Read the rest of this entry »