Watchlist: Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act

Section 18C of Australia’s Racial Discrimination Act makes it unlawful for a person to commit an act that offends, insults, humiliates or intimidates another based-on race on the internet. Why is this so controversial? Allow us to explain.

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Watchlist: data brokers
CC licensed Flickr user Hsing Wei

Most people are not aware of the fact that there is an entire industry of companies whose business model is based around collecting these fragmented datasets, linking them and analysing them to form a profile of an individual consumer. Known as data miners, you may never have heard of these companies – but they’ve almost certainly heard of you.

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Watchlist: Algorithms and big data
cc licensed Argonne National Laboratory

More and more people talk about big data and algorithms to do all sorts of things. What are these concepts and what do they tell us about the world we live in?

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Watchlist: Using ‘Free’ Online Services
CC licensed by a4gpa

Free online services may not cost you any money to use, however, it is important to be aware that there is still a transaction taking place between you and the providing company. Rather than paying in money, you are paying with information about yourself.

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Watchlist: Copyright and fair use
CC licensed by Nancy L. Stockdale

Much of the content we share on the web, such as articles, pictures and videos, is subject to copyright law. Australia does not currently have a system of fair use in copyright.

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Watchlist: Encryption

Encryption is important to protect your privacy on the web, and stop your personal information or messages from being eavesdropped on.

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