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Police want to read encrypted messages, but they already have significant power to access our data

This article is part of a series on how law enforcement is fighting crime across digital borders. You can read the rest here.


The Australian government wants new powers to access encrypted communications, but do they need them?


Originally published in The Conversation.

Assassination by pacemaker: Australia needs to do more to regulate internet-connected medical devices

Australia's medical regulator needs to do more about cybersecurity. Korawig Boonsua/Shutterstock

In the future, people are going to be just a little bit cyborg.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Poisoned water holes: the legal dangers of dark web policing

This article is part of a series on how law enforcement is fighting crime across digital borders. You can read the rest here.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The beauty and mystery of Saturn's rings revealed by the Cassini mission

Cassini makes the first radio occultation of Saturn's rings producing this simulated image with green for particles smaller than 5cm and purple where particles are larger. NASA/JPL

What would Saturn be without its beautiful system of rings?


Originally published in The Conversation.

It's too hard to get the data of Australian criminals when it's stored overseas

This article is part of a series on how law enforcement is fighting crime across digital borders. You can read the rest here.


Solving crimes and prosecuting criminals depends on efficient access to evidence. Technology has not changed that.

What has changed, however, is that much of that evidence has migrated online. Most importantly, it’s often stored overseas.


Originally published in The Conversation.

What Cassini's mission revealed about Saturn's known and newly discovered moons

A Cassini portrait of five of Saturn's moons.


Originally published in The Conversation.

What 'sniffer' planes can tell us about North Korea's nuclear tests

Boeing WC-135 Constant Phoenix "sniffer plane" used to monitor radioactive emissions from nuclear bomb tests. US Air Force/Staff Sgt.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Western Australian researchers get cut off from nationally funded research cloud

Access to Nectar is looking worrying for WA researchers.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Virtual child pornography could both help and hinder law enforcement

This article is part of a series on how law enforcement is fighting crime across digital borders. You can read the rest here.


More than one decade ago, the United States government predicted that “technology will soon exist, if it does not already, to make depictions of virtual children look real”.

There is now evidence to suggest we have reached that point.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Three reasons why pacemakers are vulnerable to hacking

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently recalled approximately 465,000 pacemakers made by the company Abbott’s (formerly St. Jude Medical) that were vulnerable to hacking, but the situation points to an ongoing security problem.


Originally published in The Conversation.