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Why the drop in illegal movie downloads in Australia?

Play your part in reducing online piracy: a campaign by the IP Awareness Foundation. Screengrab/IP Awareness Foundation

There has been a decline in online piracy in Australia, according to a report by the Intellectual Property Awareness Foundation (


Originally published in The Conversation.

Life plus 70: who really benefits from copyright's long life?

How many of these are still protected by copyright? Samuel John/Flickr, CC BY-SA

Few of us wish to disclose our age. But, for the purposes of this article, I am willing to do so: in 2012, I turned 30.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Can't take the heat? We need a universal measure on temperature

A measure of temperature here may be different to elsewhere. Flickr/Pete Johns, CC BY-NC-ND

Which weighs more: a kilo of cheese or a kilo of Vegemite?


Originally published in The Conversation.

Change is possible when sexual harassment is exposed

Why should astronomy be different from any other field when it comes to sexual harassment? Flickr/PROnate, CC BY-NC-ND

When the The Conversation.

Improving safety in horse racing: it's all in the data

So much data is collected from horse racing that could be used to prevent accidents. Flickr/Matthew Kenwrick, CC BY-NC-ND

It is one year since the tragic deaths of joc


Originally published in The Conversation.

Crossed wires: ISPs are already struggling to retain our metadata

The internet is complex, but the metadata laws may be even more so. Siaron James/Flickr, CC BY-NC

Today we learnt that 84% of internet service providers (ISPs) in Australia have The Conversation.

Rise of the humans: intelligence amplification will make us as smart as the machines

Augmented reality technology could soon boost our intelligence. COM SALUD Agencia de comunicación/Flickr, CC BY

In January this year Microsoft announced the The Conversation.

Scare-mongering about kids and social media helps no-one

Young people are natives to social media, but is that a bad thing? Wesley Fryer/Flickr, CC BY

The way children and young people use social media is often portrayed in the mainstream media via stereotypes in a way that inspires The Conversation.