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Shifts in our communication infrastructures have reshaped the very possibilities of social order driven by markets and commercial exploitation. Marc Smith/flickr

The price of connection: ‘surveillance capitalism’

Capitalism has become focused on expanding the proportion of social life that is open to data collection and processing – as if the social itself has become the new target of capitalism’s expansion.
What can ‘Snowden’ teach us about cybersecurity? Jürgen Olczyk/Open Road Films

‘Snowden,’ a picture of the cybersecurity state

The new movie about the NSA leaker is a new way for the public to learn about government surveillance, communications technology and privacy. How well does it prepare the public for that discussion?
It’s a cat and mouse game that could put our online privacy and security at risk. Shutterstock/welcomia

As surveillance gets smart, hackers get smarter

As governments look to new ways to step up surveillance, hackers find new ways to subvert it. Is there a way to end this cat and mouse game, described as a crypto-war?
Western governments are threatening to undermine the encryption that keeps our online communications private. Shutterstock

Governments undermining encryption will do more harm than good

An open letter signed by security experts from around the world is calling on governments to protect encryption rather than undermine it in a quixotic attempt to tackle terrorism.
Former ASIO head David Irvine saw data retention and metadata as effective counter-terror measures. But experience overseas is proving otherwise. Lukas Coch/AAP

The security benefits of warrantless surveillance are as clear as mud

The value and utility of the NSA’s metadata retention programs – which formed the template for Australia's metadata regime – have too often been over-exaggerated.

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