Topic archives: surveillance

Facebook’s privacy invasion is the business model of the entire internet

March 21, 2018 24

The focus on Facebook and Cambridge Analytica obscures the extent to which the monetisation of privacy and its sale to advertisers is the core financial model of the online world.

Was Rupert Murdoch lured into a honey trap with a Chinese spy?

January 17, 2018 26

The Wall Street Journal claims Rupert Murdoch's ex-wife, Wendi Deng, is a spy. We take a look back at how their relationship blossomed to begin with.

US lays ground rules for Made In The NSA hack attacks

November 16, 2017 1

Stung by the loss of a trove of hacking tools, the US government has made public its rules for how it handles discoveries of flaws in computer systems used by businesses and consumers worldwide.

Rundle: Turnbull’s surveillance offensive, Lateline’s demise, all point to a failing public sphere

October 6, 2017 38

The public sphere, in this country and others, has been undermined by an unwillingness to defend it, even as the ground shifts beneath it.

Labor’s cowardice has delivered us into a surveillance state

October 5, 2017 29

When Australia's civil liberties needed protecting, Labor went missing. The consequences are nebulous -- but very real.

How police pre-crime units targets citizens allegedly too obsessed with public officials

October 5, 2017 5

Serious questions arise over potential misuse of power by police departments created to identify and neutralise "fixated" individuals, writes freelance journalist Asher Wolf.

Your surveilled life: no escape from the Politicians’ Panopticon

October 5, 2017 34

Our politicians are constructing a panopticon from which it will be impossible to escape. And it won't stop terror attacks.

What I learnt from Gillian Triggs’ metadata

August 30, 2017 9

Think that if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear? Maybe you should just hand over your email password, writes Amy Gray.

The weapons in Turnbull’s war on maths are dodgy and dangerous to users and security agencies

July 17, 2017 19

It's unclear how Malcolm Turnbull proposes to fight encryption but one technique already in use illustrates the dangers of relying on "backdoors" of any type.

Let slip the dongs of war

July 6, 2017 11

The question is not whether sex robots will encourage the objectification of women (duh), but the extent to which security agencies will exploit such technology to wage wars and expand the surveillance state.