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The Large Hadron Collider is playing a key role in enabling the collection of big data. Supplied

The big data challenge and how Africa can benefit

Big data is about processing large amounts of data. It is often associated with multiplicities of data. But the ability to generate data outpaces the ability to store it.
As regional television flounders, a new approach to deregulation is needed.

To save local voices we need a different kind of deregulation

The Save Our Voices campaign argues that existing media rules are "squeezing the life out of our regional TV networks". But the real story is more complex. Reform is necessary, but so too is local content.
SBS Radio – now 40 years old – should draw on deep connections to its disparate language communities in Australia. Brandon Warren

SBS Radio should look to its past to nurture its future

Its increasingly corporate model aligns with mainstream media organisations, but SBS Radio needs to retain its community advocacy role – in the current climate more than ever.
Shaping how the war is perceived through disseminating communiques has become a key feature of the Syrian conflict. EPA/Youssef Badawi

The forgotten front: guerrilla radio and Syria’s information war

While social media was the main forum for Syrian demonstrators to confront Bashar al-Assad’s media machine in 2011, FM radio is now the battleground for Syrian hearts and minds.
Today FM faces enforcement action by ACMA after a long-running legal challenge to the media regulator’s powers ended in defeat for the broadcaster. AAP/Warren Clarke

High Court rejects attempt to make media watchdog toothless

After a High Court win over Today FM, ACMA is likely to be able to deal more swiftly with this kind of case – and with less risk of incurring large legal bills.
The debate around whether or not Taylor Swift should be in the running for Triple J’s Hottest 100 has sparked useful discussion about the role of the youth broadcaster. EPA/JASON SZENES

Taylor Swift, Triple J and what the youth market really wants to hear

This Monday on the Australia Day public holiday, Triple J’s annual Hottest 100 for 2014 will be announced live across the afternoon and evening. While the countdown is usually the ABC radio station’s highest…
Sarah Koenig recording Serial. Elise Bergerson

Serial breaks iTunes records – and it’s easy to see why

I have to confess I made a big mistake in not reviewing the real life whodunit podcast Serial when I listened to the first episode in October. Initially little-known, the podcast has just broken iTunes…

Voices from the Old Bailey

The Old Bailey’s Central Criminal Court is an Edwardian building that bears the inscription “Defend the children of the poor and Punish the wrongdoer.” An Italian visitor more than 100 years ago suggested…
The new radio service will benefit residents of Warlpiri Country, in the Northern Territory. Rusty Stewart

The ABC’s Aboriginal news service is a sound idea

Some 40 years ago, on any remote island in the Arafura Sea, that stretch of water between Darwin and Papua New Guinea, if a group of Yolŋu were living on country for more than a few days there would be…
‘Sweet singer of sweet songs.’ Tim Ireland/PA Archive

The forgotten World War II backlash against Vera Lynn

Dame Vera Lynn’s latest album, National Treasure — The Ultimate Collection, has been released in the week of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. The album, filled with over 40 of her wartime hits…
Against all the odds, apparent “relics” from the golden era of radio appear to be undergoing transformation and renewal. Andreanne Germain

Radio National is a leader in cultural radio – here’s why

Do you value the ABC’s Radio National? I would argue you should. Over the course of 80 years, Radio National (RN) has demonstrated it is more than just a broadcaster. From its earliest emanation as the…
More people – and pets? – want to produce creative radio content. zoomar

RN’s Creative Audio Unit – what’s that all about?

ABC Radio National’s new Creative Audio Unit (CAU) launches on Sunday, with two new shows – Radiotonic and Soundproof – presenting a mix of fiction and non-fiction, essays, radio dramas, soundscapes, composed…
The public’s active participation in society is considered vital to a functioning democracy. Patrick White

Community broadcasting? Where’s the value in that?

The National Commission of Audit - released on May 1 – recommends slashing all community broadcasting funding in Australia. For some, this is a logical response to the nation’s need to collectively “shoulder…

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