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Why we need to fix encryption laws the tech sector says threaten Australian jobs

Australia’s technology sector is angry. This is because Australia’s encryption legislation clearly shows the government’s lack of understanding and poor consultation process with the wider public and industry stakeholders, big and small.


Originally published in The Conversation.

From the bronze age to food cans, here's how tin changed humanity

Tin comes from the ore cassiterite. Shutterstock/PYP

To mark the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements we’re taking a look at how researchers study some of the elements in their work.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How big tech designs its own rules of ethics to avoid scrutiny and accountability

Data ethics is now a cause célèbre.

“Digital ethics and privacy” shot into research and advisory company Gartner’s top ten strategic technology trends for 2019. Before that it barely raised a mention.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Why we still struggle with work-home conflict in women and men

Who's making dinner tonight? from www.shutterstock.com

Still in 2019 women and men grapple with how best to balance work and other responsibilities in and out of the home.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Banning exotic leather in fashion hurts snakes and crocodiles in the long run

Yellow anaconda (snake) skins pegged to dry by indigenous people in Argentina.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Smart speakers are everywhere -- and they're listening to more than you think

Machines that listen -- such as Google Home -- are now more common, but the technology can 'hear' so much more than just our voice commands. Shutterstock/DavidFerencik

Smart speakers equipped with digital voice assistants such as Siri and Alexa are now the


Originally published in The Conversation.

Why new laws are vital to help us control violence and extremism online

Only the law can hold internet companies criminally accountable. from www.shutterstock.com

The terrorist attack in Christchurch is a horrific attack on society.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Pets and owners - you can learn a lot about one by studying the other

The personality of a pet owner can help a veterinarian understand the health and welfare of the pet. Shutterstock/PM Production

There’s an old saying that pets and their owners become more similar as time goes by.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Stowaway mozzies enter Australia from Asian holiday spots – and they're resistant to insecticides

We might not be able to use common insecticides to kill mosquitoes that arrive from other countries. from www.shutterstock.com

Planning a trip to the tropics?


Originally published in The Conversation.

Why dangerous asteroids heading to Earth are so hard to detect

How close can a potentially dangerous asteroid get before it's detected? Shutterstock/Alexyz3d

Earth is often in the firing line of fragments of asteroids and comets, most of which The Conversation.