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We need a code to protect our online privacy and wipe out 'dark patterns' in digital design


A digital building code is needed to help designers better protect the privacy of people when they use online platforms and websites.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Andrew Forrest's high-tech plan to extinguish bushfires within an hour is as challenging as it sounds

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The philanthropic foundation of mining billionaire Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest has unveiled a plan to transform how Australia responds

Originally published in The Conversation.

A computer can guess more than 100,000,000,000 passwords per second. Still think yours is secure?

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Passwords have been used for thousands of years as a means of identifying ourselves to others and in more recent times, to computers.

Originally published in The Conversation.

COVID-19 is not the only infectious disease New Zealand wants to eliminate, and genome sequencing is a crucial tool


Genome sequencing — the mapping of the genetic sequences of an organism — has helped track the spread of The Conversation.

Life on Venus? Traces of phosphine may be a sign of biological activity

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The discovery that the atmosphere of Venus absorbs a precise frequency of microwave radiation has just The Conversation.

Keep calm, but don't just carry on: how to deal with China's mass surveillance of thousands of Australians


National security is like sausage-making. We might enjoy the tasty product, but want to look away from the manufacturing.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Behind the new Samsung Fold: how the quest to maximise screen size is driving major innovation


To enlarge a phone, or not to enlarge a phone? That is the question. In the world of flagship smartphones, there seems to be one clear trend: bigger is better.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Hacking the pandemic: how Taiwan's digital democracy holds COVID-19 at bay

Taiwan’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been among the world’s best. With a population almost the size of Australia’s, the island nation has reported only 496 confirmed cases of the disease and no locally acquired infections for months.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Victoria's coronavirus contact tracing is about to get faster. Let's make it the first step in a larger digital boost

Victoria’s health authorities are now looking overseas for a reprieve following the federal government’s criticism of the state’s coronavirus response.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Platform regulation in Australia is just the start. Facebook and Google are fighting a global battle

Google and Facebook have launched a nationwide public relations campaign in response to the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission’s draft news media bargaining code.

Originally published in The Conversation.