A research shows that when people believe the state is monitoring their online activities, they tend to support restrictions of civil rights.
The invasion of privacy through online surveillance can make people ignore the civil rights of others.
Michelle Grattan speaks to Deep Saini about the week in politics.
Federal and state leaders endorsed another set of counter-terrorism measures at a special meeting on Thursday.
In the main the public have accepted the world has changed, justifying altering the balance between security and rights. But there is still argument over precisely where lines should be drawn.
Stretching the limits of civil liberties.
France has been living under a a state of emergency for nearly two years. The president now wants to make some of its most controversial elements permanent law.
President Donald Trump with other officials during Arab-Islamic-American Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
For Trump, putting America first means that being a global leader on human rights may take a back seat.
What if even you didn’t know your own password?
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As searches of smartphones and other digital devices at US borders become more common, can research and computer science help protect travelers' privacy?
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Are we seeing Orwell's dystopian vision of 1984 coming to fruition?
Ak Orda, the President’s Residence in Astana.
An abundance of natural resources has helped Kazakhstan attract billions in investments. Despite its booming economy, the government is unlikely to move towards democracy any time soon.
The feds say they can secretly read all your email.
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We don't expect our own government to hack our email – but it's happening, in secret, and if current court cases go badly, we may never know how often.
Criminals who hide their computers shouldn’t go free.
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If a computer search would qualify for a warrant if its whereabouts were known, why should simply hiding its location make it legally unsearchable?
The Knitting Nannas Against Gas could be caught up in a push by the NSW government to criminalise legitimate protest.
It isn’t just the 'bad guys' who are exposed to restrictive powers and tougher penalties. Anyone whose behaviour is regarded as a public safety risk is potentially in the frame.
The copyright debate has brought back protesters of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Occupy Movement.
Will they stand with the protestors worried about an erosion of freedoms or with the companies eager to protect their intellectual property?
Who’s watching, and who’s watching the watchers?
What kind of society do our so-called “Western and networked democracies” count as normal if humans are constantly objectified, monitored and profiled?
A police helicopter and a police drone fly over a street march in Baltimore, Maryland, following the April 2015 death in custody of young black man Freddie Gray.
The use of drones by authorities has increased around the globe. In the US, drones have been used not only for police surveillance and in operations, but also to patrol its southern borders.
President Barack Obama and his inner circle follow the assassination of Osama bin Laden, which made headlines worldwide but is seemingly unimportant four years on.
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Memories of the killing of Osama bin Laden are fading, but the legacies of al-Qaeda and the war on terror's many 'own goals' haunt us in the form of multiplying threats and lost civil liberties.
Anyone teaching encryption without first getting clearance from the government could soon be wearing these.
The government's Defence Trade Controls Act effectively makes teaching encryption a criminal act and considers even a simple calculator as a potential weapon.
Broadcaster Derryn Hinch is a prominent campaigner for US-style sex offender registries, but it is important to be aware of their limitations.
Western Australia was the first state in the nation to allow public access to a sex offender register online. The public needs to understand how it works to avoid a false sense of security.
Think less secret agent and more civil servant.
Proposals from the Intelligence Committee could bring GCHQ into the public eye like never before.
Turning the other cheek: Stephen Gough.
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Stephen Gough – widely known as the Naked Rambler – has lost his case at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, which disagreed that his repeated convictions and jail terms violated his rights…
The new laws would make it easier for authorities to prevent people fighting in foreign conflicts, as happened to this man arrested in December for allegedly attempting to travel to Syria.
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The Abbott government has today introduced the second tranche of its national security amendments – the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Bill 2014 – into the Senate. As its name…