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Feature: Why We’re Still Voting on Paper
Electronic voting has been in place for more than a decade, so why are we still using pencil and paper for this year’s federal election?
Browse: Dr Google Promotes “Cyberchondria”
Browse: Photo-ID Checks Placed Under Greater Scrutiny Browse: Drowsy Driver Detection
Browse: Big Farmer Is Watching Moo Browse: USB Connections Make Snooping Easy
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Feature: What Happened to Privacy?
What we search, browse, like, friend, tag, tweet and buy enables Big Data to automatically work out what we’re doing, when, where and with whom. Is privacy already dead, and should we care?
Feature: Why Personal Data Breaches Are a Growing Problem
While most people whose online data have been compromised report little or no financial consequences, the overall cost runs into trillions of dollars even before the loss of trust in e-commerce is factored in.
Browse: Einstein’s “Spooky” Theory May Enhance Internet Security
Einstein’s scepticism about quantum mechanics may lead to an ultra-secure internet, according to a paper published in Physical Review Letters.
Feature: A Social Approach to Crime Prediction
Computers can be trained to analyse location information generated by social media users to predict the likely time and place of specific crimes.
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Cover Story: The Dark Web Dilemma
The dark web can hide the activities of organised crime and child abusers but it can also enable people in repressive regimes to communicate with the wider world.
Cover Story: The Moral Machine
How can we program autonomous vehicles to make life-or-death decisions when our own moral values vary according to factors such as age, gender, socioeconomic status and culture?
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Feature: The Future of GPS
With jammers now available for only $20, civilian and military use of GPS is no longer secure. Has the GPS had its day, or will a competing system soon take over?
Feature: Cyberwarfare: How the Digital Revolution Can Change the Rules of Engagement
When does a cyberattack become an act of war, and how can governments protect its citizens from cyberattacks on civil infrastructure that is also a strategic military target?
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Feature: Big Data for Big Astronomy
The Square Kilometre Array will generate huge amounts of data. Can computing capacity keep up?
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Feature: Time Flies When You’re Having Phone
Have modern communications technologies increased the pace of life or merely affected our ability to judge how much time has passed?
Browse: Underground WASPS to Save Miners’ Lives
Underground wireless tracking technology could assist the rescue of trapped miners after disasters, and may also increase productivity when things are going well.
Browse: Satellites Reveal a Flood of Information on the GBR
Browse: Mathematicians Automate Gender Recognition Browse: Quantum Entanglement Secured
Browse: A Floating 3D Display for Your Smartphone Browse: Global survey reveals the impact of declining trust in the Internet on e-commerce
Browse: Global survey reveals that most people are ill equipped to deal with ransomware Browse: Quantum Satellite Micius extends Einstein’s "Spooky Action" to 1200 km
Browse: Gold Disk Could Store “Long Data” for Centuries Browse: Top End Site to Launch and Recover Solar-Powered Drone
conSCIENCE: It’s Time We Had a Conversation About Net Neutrality
Net neutrality is more than an issue about consumer internet access and speeds. It also has implications for freedom of speech, competition and innovation.
Directions: Securing Our Digital Future
Our digital future depends on preparing industry and society for change.
Expert Opinion: After 'WannaCrypt', should governments stockpile software vulnerabilities?
Should governments adhere in cyberspace to the same rules applied to weapons in the physical world?
Quandary: What If Computers Have Feelings, Too?
If software becomes intelligent, what are the ethics of creating, modifying and deleting it from our hard drives?
Up Close: Maps and minds: Making car and mobile navigation systems people friendly
Geospatial scientist Professor Stephan Winter explains the intelligence behind car navigation systems and the challenges of digitising map data.
Up Close: Life by numbers: Systems biology and its approach to researching disease
Biologist Dr Michael Inouye describes the emerging field of systems biology – how it integrates large amounts of diverse data to take an encompassing approach to the study of life processes, and how it can be applied to the study of disease.
Up Close: The data cure: The changing science of biology and its impact on your health care
Molecular biologist and science policy leader Professor Keith Yamamoto discusses the current revolution in biological sciences and the emerging field of precision medicine.
Up Close: Cardiac quest: Insights from simulating the heart’s geometry and function
Computational biologist Prof Edmund Crampin examines the challenges of creating a computational model of the human heart, and discusses what scientists have learned about the actual organ from this enterprise.
Up Close: Mind shift: How always-on digital technologies are changing our brains
Neuroscientist Prof Baroness Susan Greenfield examines the scientific bases of how constantly-on digital environments may bring about changes in our brains.
Up Close: The social life of algorithms: Shaping, and being shaped by, our world
Informatics researcher Professor Paul Dourish explains how algorithms, as more than mere technical objects, guide our social lives and organization, and are themselves evolving products of human social actions.
Up Front: A Military Motive for the Space Agency
National security, not economic opportunity, may have motivated the government’s new interest in a sovereign space capability.
Online Feature: Numbers game: the Australian Open and predicting success
Most of the focus of the Australian Open will be on the contenders for the men's and women's singles championships, but behind the superstars are the journeys of younger, less-experienced players. Who is on their way to the top ten in the next few years? And who will never make it into the top 100? Michael Bane writes that sports data science provides some insight into the potential for future success - and failure.
Online Feature: DNA data storage: 100 million hours of HD video in every cup
Shakespeare's sonnets, Martin Luther King's and Watson and Crick's seminal paper have been encoded in DNA and decoded successfully.
Online Feature: Quantum computing taps nucleus of single atom
A team of Australian engineers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) has demonstrated a quantum bit based on the nucleus of a single atom in silicon, promising dramatic improvements for data processing in ultra-powerful quantum computers of the future.
Online Feature: Could Li-Fi spark a communications revolution like Wi-Fi?
Multi-tasking micro-lights now being developed could initiate an amazing transformation for the future of communications by using light to carry information over the internet.
Online Feature: Smart bots out-game human hunters
Increasingly, those who venture into any computer-driven environment will experience a diminishing ability to tell if they are dealing with another human being, or with an artifice constructed from machine code.
Expert Opinion: Australia's proposed encryption laws
New laws proposed by the Australian Government target communication services and device makers, and include the power for police to force companies to disclose encrypted information on devices like phones, computers and social media platforms. Apple has called the draft legislation “dangerously ambiguous”, saying that the Coalition's attempt to weaken digital encryption should be “alarming to all Australians”.