Social media provide shortcuts to things we yearn for, like connection and validation. Media effects scholars explain the psychological benefits we get from Facebook that make it so hard to quit.
How should privacy be protected in a world where data is gathered and shared with increasing speed and ingenuity? Differential privacy, a new model of cyber security, provides a potential solution.
Companies are compiling your smartphone data into shockingly intimate profiles that can be used against you.
Millions of Chinese citizens have been blacklisted by Chinese authorities from booking flights or high-speed train tickets due to low social credit scores.
China's most popular social media app WeChat is on the rise in Australia thanks to demand from Chinese students and tourists. Here's what you need to know if you plan to use it.
The term "social network" has become commonplace, but those who use it to designate Facebook or Instagram often ignore its origin and true meaning.
Politics Podcast: John Blaxland on new foreign interference laws.
John Blaxland has some real concerns about the unintended consequences of the proposed foreign interference legislation on academic debate.
Many users of digital platforms resign themselves to being monitored. That's surveillance apathy - and it's worse in society's most marginalised groups.
What can be done to prevent employers from rejecting individuals based on concern about future illnesses? Currently, nothing.
Michelle Grattan speaks to Deep Saini about the week in politics.
The COAG agreement to share our biometric data - including some photo ID - is an erosion of our privacy and will give people a false sense of comfort.
In the main the public have accepted the world has changed, justifying altering the balance between security and rights. But there is still argument over precisely where lines should be drawn.
The states' handover of driver licence data for a beefed up national facial biometric matching capability would only bring existing arrangements into 'real time'.
South Africa's intelligence services operate secretly and with minimal oversight. So citizens will probably never know exactly what they are up to.
Virtual private networks help citizens around the world evade state surveillance – how long until more governments take action?
Poitras's latest film shows you can get too involved with your subject.
What governments and companies think they know about us – whether or not it's accurate – has real power over our actual lives.
Apple's design decisions don't please everyone, but in the iPhone the company created something truly revolutionary that has lasted.
Family violence will not always be ‘obvious’ to CCTV. Therefore measures must be put in place to ensure that footage cannot be used against victims should circumstances of violence be challenged.
In the 10 years since Google Street View launched, the platform has provided ample fodder for artists, who have used it to comment on surveillance, poverty and gentrification.