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Fanfiction: all it takes is to imagine a story beyond the canonical work. Kristina Alexanderson/flickr

Explainer: what is fanfiction?

Fanfiction is nebulous, confusing and often mocked. It's also explosively popular. So what is it?
New research shows that not all illegal downloaders are created equally. Lee Nachtigal

Anxious addict or conscious cowboy? A new view on illegal downloading

Beginning about 20 years ago, the internet placed almost the entirety of human creation in an unguarded window display and said, in effect, help yourself. But that's not to say all illegal downloaders are the same.
Blogger and media critic Anita Sarkeesian in a Feminist Frequency video. from

Rape threats and cyberhate? Vote no to the new digital divide

Cyberhate would deny women their full democratic rights as citizens, yet this is trivialised and dismissed – just as sexual violence, discrimination and workplace harassment have been for decades.
Governments need to focus their counter-terrorism strategies on strengthening community relations and trust. . ..

Want a radical counter-terrorism strategy? Let’s strengthen trust

Despite significant budgetary constraints, the government announced in Tuesday's budget that a further A$450 million in counter-terrorism strategies. But something significant is lacking in its approach.
Many people fear technology, and have great reservations about kids using smartphones and computers. Anthony Kelly/Flickr

Are you afraid of technology? You shouldn’t be

Many people fear technology is making us dumber, and they have great reservations about children using smartphones or computers. But technology ought to be embraced, particularly by kids.
Australian creators understand that digital distribution is changing their industries – but they’re still materially affected by copyright infringement. AAP Image/MONA

Online infringement hurts: interviews with Australian creators

Music is no longer a treasured experience between artist and audience, people want easy consumption and access – Australian musician/ songwriter. Australian creators have been severely affected both financially…
Critics looking to make sense of Australian screen culture might do well to leave the cinemas and check out YouTube. Instagram

Is Kurt Coleman the future of Australian screen storytelling?

Weirdness is one of the most distinctive features of Aussie cinema. From Jim Sharman’s kooky debut feature Shirley Thompson Versus The Aliens (1972) to the sublime spookiness of Picnic at Hanging Rock…

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