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From robodebt to racism: what can go wrong when governments let algorithms make the decisions

Algorithmic decision-making has enormous potential to do good. From identifying priority areas for first response after an earthquake hits, to identifying those at risk of COVID-19 within minutes, their application has proven hugely beneficial.

Originally published in The Conversation.

New Zealand hits a 95% chance of eliminating coronavirus – but we predict new cases will emerge

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There is now a 95% chance COVID-19 has been eliminated in New Zealand, according to our mo

Originally published in The Conversation.

Blackout Tuesday: the black square is a symbol of online activism for non-activists


Earlier this week, you might have seen your social media taken over by a stream of posts showing simple images of a black square.

Originally published in The Conversation.

4 ways Australia's coronavirus response was a triumph, and 4 ways it fell short

Australia’s response to the coronavirus outbreak so far has been among the most successful in the world. From a peak of more than 400 cases a day, the rate has fallen to fewer than 20 new cases a day.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Reports of 'revenge porn' skyrocketed during lockdown, we must stop blaming victims for it

As we have been cooped up at home during coronavirus lockdown, reports of image-based abuse have skyrocketed.

Originally published in The Conversation.

A 515 million-year-old freeloader: this nutrient-stealing marine worm is the oldest known parasite

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The COVID-19 outbreak has put into stark relief the disruption parasites can cause, both in human society and ecosystems.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Is your super money safe? Here's how you can dodge cyber fraud


Alongside growing concerns over a possible resurgence of the coronavirus during winter, the pandemic is now

Originally published in The Conversation.

Media companies can now be held responsible for your dodgy comments on social media

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Part of growing up is learning to take responsibility for the hurtful things you say. As a person who often says stupid things, I often need reminding.

Originally published in The Conversation.