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As companies continue to steal private data, technical solutions may be the answer

Encrypting private data mkabakov/Shutterstock

Apple has removed 250 apps from its app store because they were secretly stealing Apple users’ account and device identifiers

Originally published in The Conversation.

It's Back to the Future Day today – so what are the next future predictions?

Doc (Christopher Lloyd) and Marty (Michael J Fox) in 2015. Universal Studios

When Doc and Marty travelled forward in time from 1985 and landed the DeLorean on October 21, 2015, they found a world of flying cars, hover boards and 3D holographic technology.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Avoiding Medusa's gaze: what sharks can tell us about a rare human disease

A typical elephant shark from the Melbourne Aquarium. Wikimedia/Fir0002/Flagstaffotos, CC BY-NC

In Greek mythology, looking directly into The Conversation.

If we want to promote innovation we need to focus on businesses

The compact fluorescent lamp was primarily developed by private companies such as General Electric, Philips and Osram rather than in publicly funded research institutions.

Originally published in The Conversation.

The battle for open access is far from over

A majority of academic research is still locked away from public eyes. Shutterstock

Today marks the beginning of the 8th Open Access (OA) week, a global event to highlight all things open

Originally published in The Conversation.

Whatever the strangest star in the galaxy is, it's sure to be amazing

Is this what we're seeing around KIC 8462852 - a colossal megastructure built by alien intelligence? Probably not.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Four things you should be doing to protect yourself from cyberattack

There are a few things you can do to keep yourself safe online. Shutterstock

It is easy to get lost in a sea of information when looking at cybersecurity issues. And hearing about hacks and cyberattacks as they happen is a surefire way to feel helpless and totally disempowered.

Originally published in The Conversation.

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.