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?

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.

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.