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Take my data — please! How we trade away our liberty for free wi-fi

Australians are beginning to become alarmed by the prospect of the government accessing their data, but how much data do we give away for free every day? Crikey intern Brihony Tulloch reports.

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Media revolution — a 2002 timeline

Crikey looks back at 2002, the year that was.

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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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Crikey 15: media revolution — a timeline

The 15 years since Crikey’s founding have been tumultuous — and always interesting. We take a look back at how the world has changed in the past 15 years.

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Terror in a social media age

The Australian media acted with considerable restraint during the Sydney Lindt cafe siege. But future terrorists and hostage takers will not need professional journalists to get their demands and agendas out.

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ASIC flatlines at estimates as the regulator looks to relaunch

Despite efforts to declare a new era of aggressive financial planning regulation, ASIC still struggles with the basics with a diminishing budget.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: pssst, Labor, even racists are on Facebook

Labor used to “get” the internet more than the Coalition did. But now its social media presence is full of nice feels, while in parliament it votes for bombings and mass imprisonment.

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Making Twitter more like Facebook is a terrible idea

Twitter is considering changing its format so that it will curate your news feed. But that will defeat the entire purpose of Twitter — and a lot of breaking news will be lost in the process.

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Facebook manipulation yet more evidence of Silicon Valley’s contempt

The well-educated white men of Silicon Valley have no regard for you as a person. You are a set of data, and they can do what they please with it. Cue Facebook messing with your mind.

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The net closes, albeit slowly, on tax-dodging tech giants

There’s been plenty of media fuss about how little tax tech giants like Google pay in Australia. The problem goes wider, and yes, there are efforts to address it.

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Media briefs: Rupert’s influence … sidebars of shame … Palin’s new low …

A gun ABC journo is breaking new online ground, and Facebook wants to be your new go-to media outlet. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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AGD returns to data retention, wants Twitter, Facebook interception powers

The Attorney-General’s Department, chastened by its previous experience, wants to consult again on data retention — but also has Twitter and Facebook in its sights.

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Saville’s Shout: BuzzFeed in Oz … liminal art … Fairfax innovates …

Everyone’s favourite purveyor of listicles, BuzzFeed, has launched an Australian site. But with competitors nipping at its heels, can BuzzFeed’s model survive? Plus other tidbits.

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Tips and rumours

Turnbull “likes” Facebook COO … ASIC chairman’s world tour … Tax Office clears up health mix-up … Hung up about Telstra discounts …

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Get Fact: what secrets are hidden in McDonald’s food?

McDonald’s has a new website where it will answer questions from the public. Nutritionist Dr Rosemary Stanton fact-checks some of the answers … and finds Macca’s may be somewhat selective in its information.

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What internet overlord Apple is doing with your personal data

Apple has issued some details on what information it passes on to governments (including Australia’s). Technology journalist Richard Chirgwin has some advice for you if you’re relying on Apple’s cloud. So put down that iPhone.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Here are some of the findings of academics who analysed 700 million words, phrases, and topic instances collected from the Facebook messages of 75,000 volunteers, who also took standard personality tests.

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Media briefs: Tele subbies … Iran on Facebook … Sheridan scoop …

Iranians were able to use Facebook for a few hours on Tuesday morning, but the social network was quickly shut down again.

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Tips and rumours

Bureaucratic changes to prove boon for contractors? … Rupert shouts Cathy McGowan … US ambassador’s eyecatching jumper …

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Lib spike sparks dirty social media war accusation

The Liberal Party has been spending up big on promoted tweets and Facebook advertising — both totally above-board marketing tactics. But the party is now facing accusations of buying tens of thousands of bogus Facebook “likes” and “fans”, writes Matthew Knott.

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Order in the House: online, and on message

Our MPs who use Facebook and Twitter are more productive and more engaged with locals than their offline counterparts, analysis by Bond University journalism students Krystal Etherington and Silje Remme suggests. They fire up their iPhones to find out which pollies get social media.

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Tweet, tweet! A visual representation of MPs’ social media use

Which MPs are active on Facebook and Twitter? And what do they have to say on social media? Bond University students Krystal Etherington and Silje Remme fire up their laptops and take a look at our pollies online.

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Obama’s surveillance state revealed in detail

Two major revelations have exposed the extent of the Obama Administration’s mass surveillance of phone and internet use.

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Activists say no-pium to Google, Facebook ‘censorship’

An upstart political party has taken aim at Google for banning it from using its logo or the word “opium” in its online ads, while another activist group is fighting with Facebook over claims of censorship.

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Tips and rumours

Facebook censorship … an ALL CAPS missive from Laurie Ferguson … the battle for Batman

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