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Data retention laws will get worse, with VPNs the only winners

Australians are always moving to hide themselves from mass surveillance. That’s why security agencies won’t stop at data retention.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | MEDIA | UNLOCK?

Why the media breached Bayley’s suppression order

Jill Meagher’s murderer was charged with more horrific crimes after the Meagher case was concluded. But a broad-ranging suppression order tried to prevent the Victorian media from reporting on his insidious history.

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SALLY WHYTE | MEDIA | 2

Crikey 15: Stephen Mayne on the future of the media

Print is heading on an inexorable spiral to death,” says Crikey’s cheerful founder.

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Mayne: Corbett finally backs a successor at Fairfax

It can be tricky to find a suitable board replacement for yourself, but Roger Corbett has finally done it.

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Media briefs: hold the outrage … hail Fellowes … they like Mike …

Everyone joins Team Baird. And other media tidbits of the day.

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GLENN DYER | MEDIA | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: nothing but the cricket

Seven rested The Beast last night, so instead of My Kitchen Rules eating its rivals last night, it was the second World Cup cricket semi final that devoured the opposition, setting up a big final on Sunday.  Nothing else mattered last night — Nine’s domination was complete. The coverage though from Star of India (part of the […]

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Media briefs: nice guys … Rupert loves Clarkson … Harper Lee cover unveiled …

Why is The Age quizzing Nick Stevens’ former teammates on what a great guy he is? And other media tidbits of the day.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | MEDIA |

Digital disruptions: Amanda Gome

Few in Australian journalism combine old-media clout with digital entrepreneurial fervour in quite the same way as Amanda Gome.

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IRFAN YUSUF | MEDIA | 3 UNLOCK?

How the Western media supports terrorism

Daesh supporters post gruesome photographs on social media to spread propaganda. And the Western media have been very willing to help out with that.

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How the metadata war was won: the seven tactics of the security elite

A powerful, secretive clique within government has at last won a long battle to impose mass surveillance on Australians. Here are the key tactics that enabled their success.

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Isentia Index: detention centre review and budget speculation dominate political news

Political discussion returned to business as usual, despite the release of the damning Moss Review into the Nauru detention centre.

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Fin Review Sunday gets the boot

Financial Review Sunday is no more, with Nine axing the program for not being commercially viable. It’s just the latest in a long line of failures to make business journalism work on TV, write Myriam Robin and Glenn Dyer.

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HELEN RAZER | MEDIA | 1

Razer: the death of The Hoopla and the media’s self-obsession

Dear Australian media, you are not the most special unique snowflakes to have ever lived, and there is more worth reporting than what is inside your own newsroom.

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GLENN DYER | MEDIA | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: MKR and the cricket mow down competitors

The Beast was let loose on a wedding last night. Will the bride and groom watch My Kitchen Rules again? It was a function to remember. All those willing food testers among the bridal party and guests! My Kitchen Rules again feasted richly with 2.221 million viewers, 980,000 more viewers nationally than The Block on […]

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Media briefs: SBS a minnow, says Turnbull … early deadlines at Fairfax … unsettling encounters …

Turnbull says SBS hardly earns any commercial TV revenue, so the networks should stop complaining. And other media tidbits of the day.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | MEDIA | 9 UNLOCK?

ABC cleared over shirt-fronting skit

The ABC’s “shirt-fronting” satire might have been “in poor taste”, as opined by the Communications Minister, but ACMA says it did not breach the code of conduct.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | MEDIA | 1 UNLOCK?

Islands in the stream: radio stations v copyright industry over online broadcast

Should radio stations have to pay additional licensing fees for streaming their broadcasts online? The body representing music recording companies certainly thinks so — but radio stations say they can’t afford it.

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BERNARD KEANE | MEDIA | 10

Voters: you want our data? Get a warrant.

Voters strongly support requiring that agencies get a warrant before searching through their personal data.

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GUY RUNDLE | MEDIA | 18 UNLOCK?

Rundle: the dark side to Mia Freedman’s life blather

Mia Friedman has written a long article about her anxiety and the marvelous medicine that cures it. But she doesn’t mention all those silly side effects — like coma, convulsions and possibly death.

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Keen to evade data retention? Here’s how to choose a VPN

There are readily accessible ways of evading the government’s mass surveillance scheme, but you’ll need to assess what’s best for you, technology consultant Dave Sag writes.

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Media briefs: Netflix arrives … Crikey triumphs … Any minute now …

Could it happen here? Netflix has, after years of delay, finally opened for business in Australia. It is going to change habits here. In the United States, where it all started, it has stormed the family home. According to the latest report from TV ratings company Nielsen on US TV viewing trends, streaming video on demand, or […]

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GLENN DYER | MEDIA | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: return of The Beast

Oh, no, it was Monday night and Seven let The Beast (AKA My Kitchen Rules) out of its cage and it ate The Block, again. It gnawed gently on the ABC’s worthy line up and SBS’s modest supplications. Seven won big in metro markets and bigger in the regionals, and scooped up the major demos. My […]

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MYRIAM ROBIN | MEDIA |

‘When elephants go to war, the ants get trampled’: The Hoopla closes as field gets more crowded

Citing a crowded market and low revenues, The Hoopla is shutting up shop.

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Who’s (sorta) who of Vic journalism turn out for Quills

The Quills provided booze, familiar faces and bad comedy on Melbourne journos’ night of nights.

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How the police and media falsely frame victimhood

After the murder of Melbourne schoolgirl Masa Vukotic, women were urged to not walk alone in public places. But after the murder of Morgan Huxley, men did not receive the same warning. Freelance writer Serkan Ozturk reports.

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