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Keeping the content machine whirring
Nathan J. Robinson | 08 October 2015
tags: media criticism, news media, writing
Breaking the cycle of thoughtless, inflammatory clickbait.

Confronting the dark side of the internet
Raphael Cohen-Almagor | 03 September 2015
tags: democracy, free speech, internet
Liberty without responsibility is a recipe for chaos, says an Israeli academic.

Best of enemies
Michael Cook | 21 August 2015
tags: film reviews, homosexuality, media ethics, same-sex marriage, USA
A documentary about the 1968 debate between William F. Buckley Jr and Gore Vidal reveals a lot about the media.

Tianjin tragedy: a painful lesson
Karl D. Stephan | 18 August 2015
tags: China, disasters, engineering ethics
Can we expect this horrific disaster to lead to any improvements in safety?

Kowtowing to Planned Parenthood
Michael Cook | 03 August 2015
tags: abortion, media, New York Times, Planned Parenthood, whistleblowers
What has happened to the crusading zeal of the New York Times?

I compute your pain
Karl D. Stephan | 27 July 2015
tags: face recognition, marketing, technology
Emotion-sensing face-recognition software could transform marketing.

The password you can never change
Michael Cook | 14 July 2015
tags: facial recognition, google, privacy
The brave new world of facial recognition technology.

IS radicalises Western youth via the internet? It’s not that simple
Samina Yasmeen | 29 May 2015
tags: Internet use, ISIS, jihadi youths
For some youth, it could be a search for meaning in their lives.

Was bureaucratic wrangling behind the fatal Philadelphia derailment?
Karl D. Stephan | 26 May 2015
tags: disasters, technology, trains
The train lacked a new control system.

Only Apple’s magic could sell its vastly overpriced watches
David Glance | 13 April 2015
tags: Apple, consumerism, marketing, technology
The cheapest watch costs $499 (in Australia). A competitor costs $89. Why?

A bridge too close
Karl D. Stephan | 02 April 2015
tags: engineering, engineering ethics
The day our author almost became a statistic.

Trolling the Gettysburg Address
Abraham Lincoln and Michael Cook | 03 March 2015
tags: Abraham Lincoln, comments, internet
What reception would the greatest speech in American history have had on the internet?

Email overload: time for a human solution
David Glance | 24 February 2015
tags: email, Google, technology, time management, vested interests
Email providers have a vested interest in the growing burden of the digital messages.

Twitter is the new Colosseum
Barbara Kay | 20 February 2015
tags: abuse, free speech, social media
Few victims survive the onslaught. Ask Justine Sacco.

Hey, gamers, try the ultimate video game, ISIS
Michael Cook | 19 February 2015
tags: ISIS, Islamic extremism, video games
Why don’t the manufacturers of ultra-violent games acknowledge their role?

Media failing the war in Syria
Scott Lucas | 12 February 2015
tags: media, Syria
Lurid stories about ISIS atrocities are sucking the oxygen out of the tragedy next door.

The passing of Google Glass
Karl D. Stephan | 19 January 2015
tags: Google, technology
Drums and cymbals at its birth; a press release at its death.

#TearsForBaga: the mystery of the missing hashtag
Ethan Zuckerman | 15 January 2015
tags: Baba, Boko Haram, hashtags, media
Why has the world ignored the massacre of possibly 2000 people in a Nigerian town?

When emails go public
David Glance | 15 December 2014
tags: email, hacking, privacy
How to avoid sharing the things you should never have said.

Will remote car hacking stop before it starts?
Karl D. Stephan | 05 December 2014
tags: cars, engineering ethics, technology
Car manufacturers all over the world are preparing for the day when hackers can get control of networked cars.

Childhood 2.0 is a little buggy
Zac Alstin | 05 December 2014
tags: internet, Internet, technology, virtual reality
Toddlers teach parents how bad their online habits are for family life.

New biopic debunks myth of Hawking as disembodied mind
Declan Fahy | 04 December 2014
tags: films, science, Stephen Hawking
Even geniuses cannot work alone.

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