Privacy & Safety

  • 8th February 2017

    Social Media Security

    As well as individuals, companies large and small can be the victims of lax social media security. Accounts have been hacked, changed and used to spread political and scatological messages. Brands have been besmirched, and customers and prospects lost. While large international corporations and other major players may be able...

  • 7th February 2017

    Why did US President Obama seek to punish female Russian hacker Alisa Shevchenko?

    As one of his parting acts as US President, Barack Obama retaliated against alleged Russian interference in the recent US election by expelling 35 Russian government officials from the US and placing sanctions on Russian security agencies, 3 companies and several individuals. One of the companies included on the sanctions...

  • 4th February 2017

    Is it OK for people to take pictures of you in public and publish them?

    In Brisbane, at one of the city’s main intersections, a local photographer gets into position to take snaps of the city’s passing parade. In photographing people who make their way along city streets, he is of course following in the footsteps of famous artists such as Robert Doisneau and Henri...

  • 2nd February 2017

    Facebook is work, you just don’t know it yet

    Social media presents many challenges for the world of work. One is the potential for employees’ online comments when off-duty to become a fertile source of evidence for allegations of misconduct and grounds for dismissal. Social media blurs the boundaries between work and non-work, and the public and private lives...

  • 30th January 2017

    RIOT gear: your online trail just got way more visible

    The recent publication of a leaked video demonstrating American security firm Raytheon’s social media mining tool RIOT (Rapid Information Overlay Technology) has rightly incensed individuals and online privacy groups. In a nutshell, RIOT – already shared with US government and industry as part of a joint research and development effort...

  • 23rd January 2017

    A thin blue line: how Facebook deals with controversial content

    Stories of Facebook allowing beheading videos but removing breastfeeding images, and then reversing the decision to allow graphic violence after public uproar, has led many to question how Facebook should treat controversial content. Australian users, for example, were enraged by Facebook’s initial refusal to take down an Aboriginal Memes page...

  • 23rd January 2017

    Why Facebook needs to do more to protect you from online abuse

    It took some persuading, but Facebook has agreed to join an international social media task force to help combat online hate in the wake of anti-refugee xenophobia on its pages. It’s a good outcome for the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and her Justice Minister, Heiko Maas, who last week called...

  • 17th January 2017

    Myth busting the cybersafety debate

    We know that most fears about cyber safety originate from a lack of understanding. We also know that social networking is a mystery to many people outside of Generation Y. So it should not come as a surprise that many people – parents in particular – are fearful of social...

  • 17th January 2017

    Social media and the law are striking back at revenge porn

    How would you feel if someone posted nude or explicit photos of you online? How about if they were posted by a former partner following a separation? Most people would be understandably mortified. Few, if any, other form of privacy violations can be as hurtful and embarrassing as “revenge porn”....

  • 13th January 2017

    WhatsApp: a great idea for mates but a terrible one for ministers

    Cyber security experts have raised concerns about Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull and senior government ministers sending private and confidential information via the messaging service WhatsApp. WhatsApp and similar messaging apps are great for normal day-to-day communication between friends, but using it to discuss matters of national security is certainly a...

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