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The 2016 Census Will Keep Your Name And Address

Opinion: In case you haven’t heard, this year’s Census will not be anonymous. When you fill out the 2016 Australian Census questionnaire — if you don’t somehow avoid it or refuse to take part — your name and address will be linked for the first time to other, previously anonymised data like your status of employment, education and personal health. The Census on the night of August 9th will be conducted almost entirely online, too — so get used to your personal data being transferred around the ‘net.


Australia Now Has a Cyber Minister

Along with a new minister for innovation, industry and science, the newly re-elected Turnbull government has possibly the most high-tech appointment ever to the cabinet. Current Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan will take on the role of Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, in a move recommended by a long-overdue overhaul of government’s online security strategy.


US Feds Call Warn Against Whole Body Cryotherapy

A growing number of businesses are offering whole body cryotherapy, telling customers it can treat everything from asthma and Alzheimer’s right through to insomnia and arthritis. The US Food and Drug Administration is finally speaking out on the practice, saying there’s no evidence to back the many purported benefits — and that it’s actually quite dangerous.


Your Wireless Footprint Can Help Catch Thieves

With billions of wireless devices shipped across the globe every year, it is safe to assume that most of us carry at least one wireless gadget with us much of the time.


The US Senate Will Finally Stop Using Blackberrys

Blackberry’s most loyal customer has always been the US government. But it looks like things are changing, for the Senate at least. According to a memo, the US Senate is ending its years-long relationship with Blackberry.


How Australia Played The World's First Music On A Computer

We don’t think twice about playing music via a computer – we have them in our pockets, and in our homes and offices, with music on tap. But playing music on a computer was once an almost unthinkable leap of the imagination and the most devilishly difficult programming challenge.


Twitter Can Show You Where To Vote (And Pick Up A Democracy Sausage)

2016 Federal Election Day (AKA Democracy Sausage Day) is looming, and the toughest choice to make may very well be if you head to the polling booth with the best gourmet snags, or the sweet cake stall?

Twitter has made it a personal mission to help solve the dilemma, teaming up with Proxima to take the guesswork out of where to vote by tweeting you not only your local polling station, but which have your favourite election day treats.


How Different Are The Labor Party And Coalition's NBN Policies?

As hinted in earlier announcements by Shadow Communications Minister, Jason Clare, Labor’s much-anticipated policy for the National Broadband Network released Monday commits the party – if elected – to move away from the Coalition’s fibre to the node (FTTN) network and transition back to a roll-out of fibre to the premises (FTTP). This was the central pillar of Labor’s original NBN. So how does this compare with the Coalition’s version of the NBN?


Labor's NBN Plan Shows It Listened To Critics Of The Current Broadband Rollout

Labor’s broadband plan includes few surprises and fulfils Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s commitment to responsibly increase the construction of fibre to the premises (FTTP). At the same time, it would ensure the completion of the National Broadband Network (NBN) is not delayed further.


Labor's NBN Attack Ad Is Simple, But Smart

Labor has just announced its policy for the National Broadband Network should it win government at this Federal election, and it’s accompanying that with a smart attack ad that will strike fear into the heart of any internet-connected Australian.


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