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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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Tips and rumours

Queensland Health ads dont’d add up … is it news or satire? Google doesn’t know … Australia’s newest political commentator is …

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Keane: will Brandis and Turnbull go after encryption next?

The growing use of encryption and anonymisation tools by companies and consumers is infuriating security agencies and the copyright industry. When will they move against them?

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A right to privacy or rewriting history? Debate rages on the right to be forgotten

Should you have the “right to be forgotten”? No one can agree what the EU’s landmark case means — or should mean — for Australia.

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Media briefs: banning feminism … taking on Google … promoting Aussie film …

Time backflips on its call to ban the word “feminist”. And other media tidbits of the day.

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World’s biggest tax dodger wants competitors to pay their damn taxes

The wisdom Rupert Murdoch offered to G20 finance ministers is simply more of the self-interest that has given us the inequality he rails against, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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Media briefs: farewell Louise … getting shirty … Gotham boosts Nine lineup …

What’s the difference between a “shirtfront”, “shirt-front” and “shirt front”? And other media tidbits of the day.

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News Corp CEO thinks you should wait patiently for Game of Thrones

News Corp CEO Robert Thomson explains why he supports Essendon, points to good news in the Herald Sun and says you can wait 24 damn hours for your fix of Westeros.

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Media briefs: Nancy to Press Council … MEAA seeks chief … Digital revenues …

Kate Durham says she’ll take Gerard Henderson to the Press Council. And other media tidbits of the day.

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No place for artists in online copyright debate

John Ferris from Ministry of Sound Australia disagrees with the suggestion that filesharing will stop if content makers “just make stuff available”.

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How Apple is revolutionising your digital future — and you’ll never notice

The most exciting thing to come out of Apple’s announcement at its Worldwide Developers Conference isn’t a shiny new gadget — it’s a whole new toolkit for developers.

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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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Rundle: the robots are coming, for good or ill

Spectacular advances in robotic technology are a far cry from Rosie the maid — they can self-replicate, replace millions of workers and, most sinister of all, hunt and kill. Crikey examines the dark side of our bright future.

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Saville’s Shout: school’s out at Google … financial advice: don’t bother …

Do you really need a university education? And should you pay for secondary school? Plus why a blind monkey could invest better than your broker.

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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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The NSA’s war on Google: a how-to in intelligence stupidity

Revelations the NSA has broken into Google and Yahoo facilities will escalate a developing war between the US government and the companies it is damaging with its espionage.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Just a little reminder of the nonsense Joe Hockey spouted about Australia’s government debt when he was in opposition.

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Tax Office pursuit of offshore tax dodgers ramps up

The ATO will set up a new taskforce to catch businesses dodging tax by basing themselves offshore. It comes as the agency unsuccessfully pursued one company through the courts.

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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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Bombings and Bitcoins, why the centre can’t hold

Power is changing hands, flipping on its head, ebbing away, growing ever stronger. Guy Rundle on why (lazy cliche of a Yeats poem not withstanding), things are very much falling apart.

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Unicorns, Freemasons and the Devil: Google and our pollies

Google reveals all about our politicians — or at least the impression we have of them. Freelance writer Ben Westcott investigates the curse of auto-complete searching.

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