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The bids from two Chinese firms for the lease of NSW electricity network Ausgrid have been rejected by the Australian Treasurer. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Changing state-owned enterprises provide less cause for Chinese investment fears

The Chinese government is changing its role in state-owned enterprises and there's less cause for concern about the investment bids of these firms in Australia.
It’s a cat and mouse game that could put our online privacy and security at risk. Shutterstock/welcomia

As surveillance gets smart, hackers get smarter

As governments look to new ways to step up surveillance, hackers find new ways to subvert it. Is there a way to end this cat and mouse game, described as a crypto-war?
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?
The link between CCTV and safety is weak; the link with commerce is stronger. Flickr/Ashley/Jakub Geltner, Sculpture by the Sea, 'Nest '06'

Safety – or profit? The booming business of CCTV and Safer Streets

Politicians want us to believe closed circuit TV makes us safer. But the main beneficiaries are private firms handed lucrative tax-payer contracts.
In response to the surge of crime in the mid-1990s, suburban dwellers in South Africa began to fortress their houses. Shutterstock

Beyond the unthinkable? City dwellings without security walls

In response to high levels of crime, South Africans have turned their homes into fortresses, seeking security behind high walls. But doing so might be counter-productive.

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