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A token sale: Christie's to auction its first blockchain-backed digital-only artwork

Everydays: The First 5000 Days Beeple

Since May 2007, US-based digital artist Mike Winkelmann (who goes by the name Beeple) has posted a new artwork online every day.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Facebook versus News: Advertising is the real problem

The fight between Facebook and the Morrison government is over almost before it began. Having drastically overplayed its hand by banning a vast range of content, Facebook has been forced to settle for what appear to be cosmetic concessions, such as a two-month period of mediation before disputes are subject to compulsory arbitration.


Originally published in The Conversation.

This week's changes are a win for Facebook, Google and the government — but what was lost along the way?

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After almost a year of heated discussion about the News Media Bargaining Code, there will shortly be a new law of the land – one that’s unlikely to be applied to the platforms it was intended to reign in.


Originally published in The Conversation.

AI facial analysis is scientifically questionable. Should we be using it for border control?

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Developments in global border control technologies are providing innovative ways to address issues relating to migration, asylum-seeking and the introduction of illegal goods into countries.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Getting news from Facebook and Google is convenient — but it comes at great collective cost

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Digital platforms like Facebook and Google give us easy access to media and information. But our collective dependence on these tech giants could in the long run reduce the quality of journalism, making us all worse off.


Originally published in The Conversation.

This 17,500-year-old kangaroo in the Kimberley is Australia's oldest Aboriginal rock painting

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In Western Australia’s northeast Kimberley region, on Balanggarra Country, a two-metre-long painting of a kangaroo spans the sloping ceiling of a rock shelter above the Drysdale River.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The WeChat model: how Facebook's ban could change the business of news

Facebook’s “news ban” in response to Australia’s proposed media bargaining code, has been hard to miss if you’ve spent any time on social networks in the past day or so. The social media platform has effectively halted all posting of links from Australian news pages and stopped people in Australia from posting or viewing international news as well.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Facebook versus Australia: the government hands Facebook a free pass

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The Conversation is a great news site. But, for the most part, people don’t read it like a newspaper.


Originally published in The Conversation.