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The project aims to harness technology to allow elderly people to live safely at home for longer. Louisa Billeter

Is Grandma OK? There’s an app for that

CSIRO researchers are trialling an app that aims to allow elderly people to live at home safely for longer by subtly collecting…
The NSA PRISM program seems to trawl a lot of data, so how can we avoid being dragged in too? HasinHayder

Ten ways you can avoid being caught in the PRISM net

Last weekend, the Washington Post published a further four slides, leaked from the US National Security Agency (NSA), which outline how data is collected through the PRISM program. The process is fairly…
Your daily movements are simple, predictable and useful to know. Thuany Gabriela

Your phone knows the three places you visit each day

We lead busy, complex lives. But how many different places will you visit today? And how many different ways could you organise your travel between those places? The answer, according to a new study published…
Raytheon’s “extreme-scale analytics” system can track people’s movements like never before. c-reel.com

RIOT gear: your online trail just got way more visible

The recent publication of a leaked video demonstrating American security firm Raytheon’s social media mining tool RIOT (Rapid Information Overlay Technology) has rightly incensed individuals and online…
European data protection law and Google seem to be at odds. Vermin Inc

Google slapped hard in Europe over data handling

We all know the basics: when you sign up for a Google account you provide valuable personal information that allows hardworking people at the company to build a profile of you. This will include your age…
You like? You buy? Friends aren’t the only ones you share with. escapedtowisconsin

Facebook trials a new way to push your buttons …

Facebook is currently trialling a range of new buttons that could influence how your data is harvested. The trials have been construed by some observers as a response to the corporation’s anaemic share…
The debate about data is growing as politicians and law reformers consider privacy implications. AAP

Experts question Australian data centre push

Prime Minister Julia Gillard today launched a data centre in Sydney, as part of a broader push to see sensitive data stored…
Hacktivists are campaigning against the Australian government’s proposed changes to privacy laws. Tina Mailhot-Roberge

Why is Anonymous hacking Australia?

A few days ago, Anonymous activists hacked into AAPT, stole 40GB of data including customer information and forced offline ten Australian government websites. Anonymous members stated in an online internet…
Does the finance industry rely too heavily on contestable economic data? AAP

The problem with our economic data addiction

People who work in business and finance are obsessed with economic data releases – GDP growth figures, unemployment rates, trade statistics, and so on. Business journalists, investors, financial analysts…

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