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In a world first, Australia plans to force Facebook and Google to pay for news (but ABC and SBS miss out)

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released its draft news media bargaining code, announced today by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.

The draft code allows commercial news businesses to bargain – individually or collectively – with Google and Facebook, in order to be paid for news the tech giants publish on their services.


Originally published in The Conversation.

10 things we do that puzzle and scare horses

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Horses, like our dogs and cats, are familiar to many of us, be they racehorses, police horses, or much-loved pony club mounts.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Data privacy: stricter European rules will have repercussions in Australia as global divisions grow

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A big year for privacy just got bigger. On July 16, Europe’s top court ruled on the legality of two mechanisms for cross-border transfers of personal data.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Perseverance: the Mars rover searching for ancient life, and the Aussie scientists who helped build it

The Perseverance Rover (Mars 2020) installed within the upper stage of the United Launch Alliance rocket that will send it to Mars from Florida this week.

Every two years or so, when Mars passes close to Earth in its orbit around the Sun, conditions are right to launch a spacecraft to the red planet.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The privacy paradox: we claim we care about our data, so why don't our actions match?

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Imagine how you’d feel if you discovered footage from your private home security camera had been broadcast over the internet.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The ACCC is suing Google for misleading millions. But calling it out is easier than fixing it

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Australia’s consumer watchdog is suing Google for allegedly misleading millions of people after it started t


Originally published in The Conversation.

Science publishing has opened up during the coronavirus pandemic. It won't be easy to keep it that way

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Scientific publishing is not known for moving rapidly. In normal times, publishing new research can take months, if not years.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Learning from nature: a new flapping drone can take off, hover and swoop like a bird

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We have developed four-winged bird-like robots, called ornithopters, that can take off and fly with the


Originally published in The Conversation.

Chief Scientist: women in STEM are still far short of workplace equity. COVID-19 risks undoing even these modest gains

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The events of 2020 are reshaping the way we live, work, teach and learn.


Originally published in The Conversation.

QAnon believers will likely outlast and outsmart Twitter’s bans

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Twitter has announced it’s taking sweeping action to limit the reach of content associated with QAnon.


Originally published in The Conversation.