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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE | UNLOCK?

Isentia index: Barnett still unhappy about GST while East-West Link fails to rise again

Broken political promises at state and federal levels got people taking this week.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE | UNLOCK?

Is information on Facebook fair game for journalists? Fairfax says yes

SMH deputy editor Ben Cubby faced some tough questioning on why Fairfax published an article revealing a director’s holiday details.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE |

Chancellor adds Property Observer to investment portfolio

Real estate news website Property Observer has been sold — to its founding editor, Jonathan Chancellor.

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Crikey 15: a 2004 timeline, or the year Hillary Bray came clean

Crikey looks back at 2004, the year our star columnist shed his pen-name, as our founder batted away rumours of a sale.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE | 18

Josh Bornstein hoaxer advocates genocide on Israeli news site

Someone went to great lengths to imitate the persona of Australian writer Josh Bornstein, using his profile to publish a hate speech polemic on The Times of Israel’s website.

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BERNARD KEANE | ONLINE | 5

Younger Australians embracing VPNs

Australians are embracing measures to protect themselves against online surveillance as government and corporations seek to strip their privacy away.

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Dead men talking: can ‘zombie’ Anzacs enrich our understanding of war?

Educating Australians on war history can encourage us to be more reflective, provided it’s done properly, writes Anzac historian Jo Hawkins of the University of Western Australia.

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BERNARD KEANE | ONLINE | 4

Has a key whistleblower platform been compromised?

A key anonymous whistleblowing platform appears to have been temporarily compromised, at a time when protecting journalistic sources is front of mind for the media.

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GUY RUNDLE | ONLINE | 30

Rundle: ‘depression confessional’ culture obscures the true nature of mental illness

Mia Freedman’s original confessional on her anxiety, coupled with her supporters’ follow-up commentary, display a profound lack of understanding of the historical and social causes of depression and anxiety.

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BERNARD KEANE | ONLINE | 5

Flagpole will afford politicians ‘special treatment’ on metadata

Politicians concerned about their metadata being collected will be protected inside Parliament House following complaints to the powerful intelligence committee.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE |

The Oz continues to digest Biz Spec, as Kohler’s end date nears

In a little over a year, Alan Kohler will have completed his four-year commitment to News Corp. He’ll hand over the reins before then, as Business Spectator is absorbed into The Australian.

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BERNARD KEANE | ONLINE |

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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SALLY WHYTE | ONLINE |

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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BERNARD KEANE | ONLINE |

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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GUY RUNDLE | ONLINE |

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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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE |

‘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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Thanks for the shout-out, Bolt, but you’re wrong again

Andrew Bolt has mentioned ambulance volunteer Rachelle Irving’s Crikey story on witnessing remote Aboriginal communities first hand. But of course, he has missed the point entirely.

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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE |

Isentia Index: Policy debate returns from a long nap

Political debate has turned back to policy, as calls for a spill die out.

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BERNARD KEANE | ONLINE |

Here come the Chinese hackers — yet again

Security experts are warning that China could turn off our power by hacking our power grid — like they’ve been saying for nearly twenty years.

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SALLY WHYTE | ONLINE |

Nothing to hide, nothing to fear? Turnbull’s secret messaging an insult to transparency

Encrypted messaging apps pose new problems for politicians, freedom of information laws and government transparency.

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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE |

Isentia Index: the phoney war inside the government confuses everyone

Australians are tiring of leadership speculation as the media continues to stoke the flames.

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BERNARD KEANE | ONLINE |

Data retention — great news for criminals and foreign companies

Data retention will be great for criminals and foreign companies providing encrypted communications — but bad for consumers.

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BERNARD KEANE | ONLINE |

Committee recommends data retention, with some half-baked protections

A key committee has waved through the biggest mass surveillance scheme in Australia history.

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SALLY WHYTE | ONLINE |

Crikey 15: Stephen Mayne on that defamation suit

Crikey speaks to Stephen Mayne, on defamation, losing his house and having a generous corrections policy.

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