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WhatsApp hacked and bugs in Intel chips: what you need to know to protect yourself

WhatsApp says more than 1 billion use the app. Shutterstock/XanderS

It’s been a day of high-profile security incidents.


Originally published in The Conversation.

It's vital we clamp down on online terrorism. But is Ardern's 'Christchurch Call' the answer?

It’s now two months since the Christchurch terror attacks.

Social media live streaming and distribution of footage from this event sparked rapid activity aimed at restricting spread of hateful and violent content online.

Moving forward, it’s vital we create truly effective approaches in tackling this issue, and in ways that are legally enforceable and do not unnecessarily impinge on freedom of speech.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Not just activists, 9 out of 10 people are concerned about animal welfare in Australian farming

Recent protests by animal welfare activists on Australian abattoirs and farms and city streets triggered a backlash from meat-lovers an


Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: how do bushfires start?

The more fuel there is for the fire to burn, the bigger the fire. Leaves, trees and grass fuel the fire.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Scientists want to build trust in science and technology. The alternative is too risky to contemplate

Not everyone trusts that science will bring benefits to society.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Australia's in the Fungus Olympics, the race to find new ways to tackle disease

Microscopic image of the common environmental mould _Aspergillus fumigatus_ – harmless to most people but can be deadly if you have a weakened immune system.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Media Files: Facebook's Mia Garlick on #Ausvotes2019 and how Australian MPs use social media

As we enter the final straight of the Australian election campaign, we ask you: how much of your information about the issues and the candidates comes from social media?

Today’s Media Files podcast examines the role of social media in election campaigns, including the spread of “fake news” and foreign political interference.

Joining us is Facebook’s policy director Mia Garlick to help us understand the scale of traffic on social media.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Avoid the politics and let artificial intelligence decide your vote in the next election

Would you let AI decide who you should vote for? Shutterstock/CYCLONEPROJECT

If trust in our politicians is at an all time low, maybe it’s


Originally published in The Conversation.

Ten ethical flaws in the Caster Semenya decision on intersex in sport

Caster Semenya is legally female, was from birth raised as female and identifies as a female. The Conversation.

How Earth's continents became twisted and contorted over millions of years

Photographed on Kangaroo Island, this rock – called a ‘zebra schist’ – deformed from flat-lying marine sediments through being stressed by a continental collision over 500 million years ago Dietmar Muller, The Conversation.