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Upon request, Facebook will remove content for violating local laws. In the last six months of 2014, it restricted access to 3,624 pieces of information in Turkey. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Is internet freedom a tool for democracy or authoritarianism?

The U.S. State Department and the United Nations are spending big bucks to support the internet as a boon for democracy. But new research shows just providing access isn't enough.
According to a recent poll, 45 percent of Americans believe extraterrestrials have visited the Earth. Raphael Terra, 'UFO Sunset.'

Why are people starting to believe in UFOs again?

Whether it's Hillary Clinton's courting the UFO vote or Donald Trump's lending credibility to various conspiracy theories, the "triumph of reason" seems to have gone by the wayside.
Innovating with 3D printing offers huge promise, such as these 3D-printed microscopes. SynBioSRI/Flickr

Early days of internet offer lessons for boosting 3D printing

3D printing is opening doors to amazing opportunities and benefits – as well as some undeniable dangers. Patience and caution about regulating it will yield more innovation.
Australia’s is spending billions of dollars a national infrastructure ‘that just about meets demand today’. Shutterstock/Dario Lo Presti

The need for speed: there’s still time to fix Australia’s NBN

It is not too late to change the current direction of Australia's NBN from one that just meets today's demands, to one that we need for the future.
The court ruling will keep all internet traffic treated equally. Laptop with arrows via shutterstock.com

Appeals court upholds net neutrality rules – why you should care

If you like binge-watching Netflix, streaming audio or online gaming, then you should be celebrating this week. And if your business depends on reaching a wide audience online, you should join in.
Shadow Communications Minister Jason Clare (left) and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten (right). AAP/Mick Tsikas

How do Labor and the Coalition differ on NBN policy?

Now the ALP has released its much-anticipated National Broadband Network policy, it gives voters a chance to see how the Coalition and the Opposition's plans compare.
Brian Halsey, 'Novem II,' 1981, 8 Color Silkscreen Serigraph

Are we in the midst of a public space crisis?

Many praise the internet as a democratizing force. But with online spaces replacing physical public squares as places for debate, what do we risk losing?

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