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A subject plays a computer game as part of a neural security experiment at the University of Washington. Patrick Bennett

Helping or hacking? Engineers and ethicists must work together on brain-computer interface technology

BCI devices that read minds and act on intentions can change lives for the better. But they could also be put to nefarious use in the not-too-distant future. Now's the time to think about risks.
Australians should be able to do more than just access and transfer their own consumer data. www.shutterstock.com

Data availability report presents compromised rights for consumers

The Productivity Commission’s report on data availability and use is disappointing for consumers, who won't be able to stop firms collecting their data or challenge automated decisions made using it.
Information doctors find out about you online may affect your treatment. But not all of it is accurate or relevant. from www.shutterstock.com

Yes, your doctor might Google you

When we think about Google and health, we usually think about patients searching online for health information. But you may be surprised to hear that doctors Google you.
Tor’s improvements can help users stay private and anonymous online. Anonymous online via shutterstock.com

Tor upgrades to make anonymous publishing safer

The Tor Project is upgrading its protections for internet users' privacy and anonymity. A scholar and volunteer member of the nonprofit effort explains what's changing and why.

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