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BERNARD KEANE | ONLINE | 19 UNLOCK?

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 | 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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BERNARD KEANE | ONLINE | 15 UNLOCK?

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 | 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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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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ONLINE | 6

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 | 10

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 | 11

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 | 14

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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CRIKEY INTERN | ONLINE |

What happens to your Facebook account when you die?

Facebook and other social media sites have introduced the concept of a “digital heir”, who will be able to access your photos, statuses and friends after you have died. Crikey intern Abbey Casey reports.

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MEL CAMPBELL | ONLINE |

Bikes, tattoos, puppies and urinals: on peak Guardian

Can you walk your bike up a hill? Are beards over? Are we too dismissive of the rights of the differently abled? It’s time to delve into the world of peak Guardian.

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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE |

iSentia Index: government efforts to save Chan and Sukumaran become very public

Volumes much lower this week, with much of the media moving on quickly from the no spill result to get onto more pressing matters like the cricket World Cup, but in terms of political coverage it remains all about Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the PM receiving five times as much coverage as his nearest rival […]

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STEPHEN MAYNE | ONLINE |

Crikey 15: the very first edition of Crikey

What did Crikey look like on Valentine’s Day 2000?

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Print circulation circling the drain: is it time for drastic measures?

Australian newspapers are losing more and more revenue from their declining print circulations. When will publishers say enough is enough and take steps to staunch the bleeding? Glenn Dyer and Myriam Robin report.

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BERNARD KEANE | ONLINE |

Labor to roll over on data retention bill — but with a twist

Labor is poised to back a data retention regime, but protection for journalists and whistleblowers is under consideration.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE |

Watch out, iSentia, the Norwegians are coming

Norwegian media monitoring company Meltwater is beefing up its service to better compete with homegrown company iSentia.

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iSentia Index: PM survives spill while polls continue to dive

A huge week in state and federal politics kept Tony Abbott in the glare of the media spotlight.

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