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BERNARD KEANE | ONLINE |

Snowden: mass surveillance is failing us, and we can defeat it

Edward Snowden’s two public ‘appearances’ this week have expanded the debate on both the utility of mass surveillance and how ordinary internet users can defeat it.

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MATTHEW CLAYFIELD | ONLINE |

Follow Friday: @bloggingsbyboz, who has both eyes on Latin America

If you want to understand Latin America, James Bosworth’s Twitter feed is a very good place to start. The strategic analyst is Crikey’s latest Follow Friday story.

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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE |

iSentia index: Senators and state elections hog the media

Senator Stephen Conroy was the most unexpected entry onto this week’s lists.

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MATTHEW CLAYFIELD | ONLINE |

Follow Friday: @ClairMacD, our woman in Monrovia

What’s an Australian journalist doing in Liberia? Clair MacDougall is fascinated by the “deeply complex” nation and coverage of Africa broadly. The intrepid freelance is worth a follow.

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Bitcoin’s rollercoaster ride: Aussie brokers see the positives

Bitcoin has endured a tumultuous week, sending jitters through digital economic markets. Rose Powell of StartUp Smart talks to the Australian brokers.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE |

Source or reporter? Murky waters around ABC Manus Island scoop

When is a source a journalist? One reporter handed the ABC a scoop but believes she didn’t get the credit. But Aunty says it was just following standard practice.

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HELEN RAZER | ONLINE |

Hyperbolic outrage and trolling to quieten the constant assault

Trolling is not about the trolls. It’s the product of increasingly histrionic communication, where everything provokes outrage. And the reasons behind Charlotte Dawson’s death are much more complicated.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE |

How The Guardian is colonising the Australian media landscape

The Guardian’s Australian operation isn’t commercially sustainable yet. But with revenues 300% up on expectations, it’s well on the way to it, its managing director tells Crikey.

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MATTHEW CLAYFIELD | ONLINE |

Follow Friday: @VictoriaCocks1 and @kirstysan, digital adventurers

Filmmakers Victoria Cocks and Kirsty Stark have harnessed the power of Twitter to call attention to their TV series Wastelander Panda. Their experiemt was a success, with the ABC commissioning six episodes.

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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE |

iSentia index: Manus, money, movie stars dominate the discussion

A big week of scrutiny for the government, thanks to Manus Island and possibly dodgy ministerial staffers.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE |

Fairfax trumps News in race for digital subscribers: audit

Fairfax’s paywalls are more porous, and more expensive to unlock. But its two metro dailies are streaking ahead of News Corp when it comes to digital subscribers.

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STILGHERRIAN | ONLINE |

Kim Coindashian? How bitcoin is going the way of the tulip

Defenders of digital currencies seem to believe bitcoin and its ilk will continue to gain value forever. You know who also thought along those lines? Dutch people in 1637.

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MATTHEW CLAYFIELD | ONLINE |

Follow Friday: @tempus_fukit, riding the rails and writing beautifully

British journalist Joseph Woby is one of the best long-form writers around, as he risks his life to tell stories from the road.

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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE |

iSentia index: bushfires, Toyota and drought dominate discussion

Requests for the Coalition to help out a number of Australian industries were strong in the media this past week.

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HELEN RAZER | ONLINE |

Razer’s class struggle: who cares about Schapelle aside from journos?

The tabloids tell us every scintillating detail about Schapelle. The broadsheets tell us the bogans who read the Murdoch press are idiots. They are both completely wrong.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE |

Why today’s higher readership figures won’t save newspapers

The latest figures show a 7% rise in digital readership for Australia’s newspapers. But it’s a metric ultimately irrelevant to advertisers.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE |

Hold the front page: News Corp issues blogger with takedown notice

News Corporation lawyers have ordered a Canberra-based blogger to stop reproducing their front pages, or pay a licensing fee. There’s a double standard at play, according to one expert.

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MATTHEW CLAYFIELD | ONLINE |

Follow Friday: @ivymix, who thinks drinks and champions women

Meet Ivy Mix, who through nominative determinism, a sense of fun and just plain grit is making a big name for herself — and women — in the blokey world of bartending. It’s another Crikey Follow Friday …

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE |

Analysts bullish on free-to-air TV spend, but Ten might miss out

There’s good news in advertising forecasts for media proprietors — even those dinosaur free-to-air networks. But Channel Ten’s recent gains might be short-lived.

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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE |

iSentia index: SPC, the ABC and KP get Australians talking

A busy week in Australian politics, with the government copping as much angry rhetoric as it gives out.

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MARGARET SIMONS | ONLINE |

Wood bets on Guardian, so what now for philanthropic media?

The Global Mail’s experiment in philanthropic journalism via Graeme Wood looks doomed. So what did we learn about funding journalism in the future?

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BERNARD KEANE | ONLINE |

Why history says the ABC review will give it a tick

History suggests even if the ABC’s funding is cut, its journalism will survive. And that’s assuming Malcolm Turnbull wants to cut funding - but does he?

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MATTHEW CLAYFIELD | ONLINE |

Follow Friday: @MarkGaleotti, explaining Russia and the Games

Mark Galeotti is an important voice on the Sochi Olympics, Vladimir Putin’s overarching ambition and all things Russian. Crikey’s Follow Friday series explains why you should add him to your feed.

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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE |

iSentia index: one for the true Beliebers

Tony Abbott is back at the top of the charts for his international diplomacy, or lack thereof.

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MATTHEW CLAYFIELD | ONLINE |

Follow Friday: @sarahkendzior, commentator, and the ‘full Kendzior’

Sarah Kendzior seeks out bastardy and has quickly become a star online — and on Twitter. As part of Crikey’s new series Follow Friday, we talk to the Al Jazeera columnist on the world around her.

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