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Children’s engagement with digital devices is often driven by their desire for creative expression, entertainment and social interaction. Shutterstock

Most adults have never heard of TikTok. That’s by design

In order to reach younger audiences, social media apps must get past the gatekeepers of preteen online engagement: the parents.
News Corp Executive Chariman Michael Miller (left), Nine Chief Executive Officer Hugh Marks (centre) and ABC Managing Director David Anderson (right) stressed unity in their fight for press freedom. Rohan Thomson/AAP

Media chiefs unite on press freedom, but will it result in any action?

The heads of News Corp, Nine and ABC talked tough on the need for stronger legal protections for journalists. But unity is meaningless unless it brings meaningful action from the government.
Facebook looks different - but we’re still waiting for clarification on how they’re going to handle user data into the future. Julien de Rosa / AAP

Facebook is now cleaner, faster and group-focused, but still all about your data

Facebook is built on harvesting platform data about its users, crunching that to predict behaviours and allegiances and then selling this package to advertisers. That hasn't changed yet.
Jeremy Lee, a sawmill worker in Imbil, Queensland, refused to have his fingerprints scanned for a new security system introduced by his employer to replace swipe cards. www.shutterstock.com

As privacy is lost a fingerprint at a time, a biometric rebel asserts our rights

Biometric data is forever. Any employer seeking to collect it has big obligations to meet. And employees have the right to object.
In 2001, around half of homeless people were found in capital cities. Today it’s almost two-thirds. Photographee.eu/Shutterstock

Homelessness soars in our biggest cities, driven by rising inequality since 2001

Homelessness in Australia is increasingly concentrated in the capital cities, where nearly two in every three people without a home are now found. That's the finding of a study of the data since 2001.
Reaction videos are just one of many ways that Game of Thrones fans have explored their love for the show online. Leon Andrew Razon/Screenshot from Youtube

After 8 years of memes, videos and role playing, what now for Game of Thrones’ multimedia fans?

Fan culture is thriving in Westeros. Although HBO's Game of Thrones has ended, fans will ensure that the show lives on (and changes) across multimedia platforms, long into the future.
Walking accounts for about 90% of all travel in Melbourne city centre, yet pedestrians are allocated only 24% of street space. Adam Calaitzis/Shutterstock

Move away from a car-dominated city looks radical but it’s a sensible plan for a liveable future

A newly released ten-year plan for Melbourne aims for fewer cars, safer streets and more shared spaces. A significant amount of parking and road space would be reallocated to walking and cycling.
Most Australians have had enough of the opportunistic point-scoring that characterises politics today and want leaders who put the public interest first. Mick Tsikas/Lukas Coch/AAP

New research shows Australians lack faith in our political parties to provide real leadership

According to a new survey, nearly a third of Australians believe the Coalition shows no 'leadership for the public good'. Labor fared little better.
Carlton’s Sarah Hosking in action in the 2019 AFLW grand final. AAP Image/David Mariuz

Three years in, is the AFLW kicking goals?

The AFLW has come a long way in a short time. But amid calls for even faster expansion, more games and a longer season, it pays to remember that in footy you shouldn't go too hard, too early.

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