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Published 05 Jul 2013

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  • THIS ISSUE'S THEME

    Privacy

    The right to privacy used to be sacred, a fundamental aspect of human liberty, and the violation of it frowned upon as Orwellian and totalitarian. We no longer live in that world. With the NSA's recent PRISM program uncovered, Google and Facebook tracking our every movement on the web, and even people wittingly sharing their location over sites like FourSquare, the Larrikin Post explores the consequences of this brave new world.

  • Privacy woes? It's us, not them

    We do like to blame other people for our privacy problems, be it Facebook's neglectful privacy policies or Google watching your web searches. Simon Moore argues that in a world where we just can't stop sharing, we might be more to blame than we'd like to accept. Read.

  • Why Australians should be concerned about NSA's PRISM

    A lot has been said about the recently exposed US internet surveillance programs from the perspective of Americans, but non-US citizens have a lot more to worry about, and a lot more at stake. With our government keeping mum about their involvement, Rupert Parry explores how PRISM will affect you. Read.

  • Panoptic life in London

    London might be one of the most surveilled pieces of land on the planet, with hundreds of thousands of cameras watching the streets at all times. Regardless of whether or not there is someone watching from behind the lens, argues Oskar Johanson, this kind of constant surveillance is having a profound affect on the public. Read.

  • Privacy, ads, and why Facebook thinks I'm gay

    Bodie Smith's Facebook page thinks that he's both gay and ready to get married. Should he take this advice? Is homosexual marriage now legal in Australia? What pages has he been liking to foster this impression, and is Facebook's data collection just to be disregarded or does it know him better than he thinks? Read.

  • Beyond Star-Trek: how privacy has changed in one generation

    The explosion in the willing publication by all of us of personal information on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (the FITs) is the major paradigm change of the 21st Century. And for my generation it is a change that is at once puzzling as it is concerning. Read.

Also

  • Philosophy is useful, whether science thinks so or not

    In recent years, science has been presented as an infallible bringer of truth, and philosophy has fallen by the wayside in the public mind. This simply isn't right, according to Rupert Parry. This article debunks three myths: 1. The scientific method is necessarily right, 2. Science progresses and philosophy doesn't, and 3. Philosophy doesn't impact everyday life. Read.

  • The gym

    Ellen Martin joined a gym the other day. This article is a chronicle of her entry into the bizarre, sometimes vulgar and absurd world of personal fitness, and the unlikely benefits which can come with a gym membership. Read.

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