The census is too important to boycott, despite serious privacy concerns
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One of Australia’s richest sources of statistical data has had both its reputation and trust destroyed by the decision to retain name and address data – a decision made with little consultation and with no regard to the ramifications for individual’s right to privacy. But does this warrant an overall boycott of the census?

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Big Data, Big Opportunities
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Big data can tell us a lot about the problems and people human rights advocates are working with, but we have to ensure we use this information responsibly. Lizzie O’Shea writes on the Human Rights Opportunities and Challenges Presented by Big Data.

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Government haste lays waste to consultation

Inadequate consultation and seemingly unnecessary haste in drafting and passing certain laws has been a shared frustration linking diverse policy issues in the past year.

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Australian court holds Google is responsible for linking to defamatory websites

The South Australian Supreme Court this week found that Google is legally responsible when its search results link to defamatory content on the web. In this long-running case, Dr Janice Duffy has been trying for more than six years to clear her name and remove links to defamatory material when people search for her using […]

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