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Putting privacy right in the code. Keyhole image via shutterstock.com

Building privacy right into software code

Most of today's computer languages make it hard for programmers to protect users' privacy and security. The fix is to take those tasks out of human hands entirely.
There’s more you could donate besides blood, organs and tissue. Cropped from pulmonary_pathology/flickr

Why you should donate your data (as well as your organs) when you die

Most people know they can donate their organs after they pass away. But what about their medical data? For National Donor Day, we suggest countries create national databases of data donors.
Digital information should be private and secure. Digital communications via shutterstock.com

Should cybersecurity be a human right?

Recent developments at the United Nations and the G-20 suggest that the well-known human rights to privacy and freedom of expression may soon be formally extended to online communications.
Helicopters hover over Bondi Beach after spotting a shark. AAP Image/NEWZULU/TOM CASKA

How drones can help fight the war on shark attacks

LIfeguards could potentially have a new ally in the fight to reduce shark incidents: drones that can spot when a shark swims nearby, and automatically alert authorities.
Not easy to report ill health if you’re going to get a knock at the door from officials.

NHS urged to share data so patients can be deported

Passing on health information of 'migrants' seeking help goes against doctor-patient confidentiality and also poses a public health risk. A doctor spells out her concerns.
Who owns the digital data recorded and uploaded by CCTV operators? shutterstock

Who gets to see CCTV footage? The law favours the operators

In a recent report highlighting 'shortcomings' in security and welfare services in offshore detention, six terabytes of data was 'missing'. Don't expect to see it any time soon.
The photo of your child may look cute today but how will they feel when they’re all grown up? Shutterstock/Michal Staniewski

Think again before you post online those pics of your kids

Many parents love sharing photos of their children on social media. But they should stop and think about how it might affect their children, now and in the future.

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