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The call for a male author on a paper was met with outrage from within the scientific community and the general public. Keoni Cabral/Flickr

Sexism in science: one step back, two steps forward

Sexism still exists in science, but a recent scandal shows that progress is being made.
Low-income teens are unable to participate in social media conversations of their wealthier peers. Phone image via www.shutterstock.com

Teens without smartphones encounter a new digital divide

With low-income kids unable to participate in the social media conversations of their wealthier peers, a new form of digital inequity is emerging.
Children growing up in a world of social media are developing a very different conception of privacy to that of their parents. Ed Ivanushkin/Flickr

Online and out there: how children view privacy differently from adults

Many people are shocked by what children are willing to share about themselves online. Is it that they don't understand privacy, or just have a different conception of it compared to adults?
Shame can hurt, but it can also be used to motivate positive behaviour. Rob/Flickr

The power of public shaming, for good and for ill

Public shaming has a long history and has now gone online through social media. But shame can also be a powerful force to encourage positive behavioural change.
On many major issues, Labor’s Bill Shorten and the Liberals' Tony Abbott are essentially two wings of the same bird. AAP/Mick Tsikas

A challenged democracy: wicked problems and political failures

The crisis of public confidence in politics is not limited to Australia, but public disengagement, retail politics and lack of vision are crippling our ability to tackle long-term and wicked problems.
Coal seam gas has proved a hot topic ahead of the NSW election, not only on the campaign trail but also on social media, where a ‘social mood reader’ can reveal the depth of community feeling. NewZulu/Tony Markham/AAP

Finding new ways to track voters' moods, beyond polls and punters

Beyond polls and betting markets, how else can we gauge how people feel ahead of future elections? Social media is a goldmine, and one of the newer ways to tap into it is with a "social mood reader".

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