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Tag Archives: Concerns

Classroom app ranks students on ‘set behaviours’

A new classroom application that ranks students based on behaviours, allowing teachers to “automate the task of recording classroom conduct” by monitoring and storing data, is raising concerns in Australia.

The program, ClassDojo, has now spread to over 25% of classrooms across the country and is set to expand with continued growth of the educational software market – estimated to be worth almost $8 billion.

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Expectant father and pro-choice advocate discuss vaccines

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? This is a question facing Australians families today, with many unable to seek open dialogue and information on the issue due to media propaganda, coercive legalities, social stigmas and increased penalties issued by authorities to those who advocate for freedom of choice.

On the latest episode of the General Knowledge Podcast, General Maddox and Andy from Real News Australia are joined by pro-choice activist, Allona Lahn, and expectant father Joel, as they discuss the vaccination conundrum that all new parents are now facing in society today.

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Australia’s move towards a cashless society

New reports have revealed Australia’s shift to a digital economy is accelerating, with increasing cashless payments outperforming continuing declines of cash and cheque at an unprecedented rate.

As the trend towards a cashless era continues in Australia, we take a look at an emerging society that will see the future dollar issued and used with no tangible representation.

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Australia passes controversial anti-encryption laws

The Australian government has passed anti-encryption legislation compelling companies to grant authorities access to encrypted information, in a move analysts say will have vast implications for digital privacy.

The new law, which passed the Senate 44-12 this week (final bill here), will force companies to reveal technical characteristics of digital systems that could help intelligence agencies exploit weaknesses that have not been patched.

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Parents opt-out of classroom technology amid privacy concerns

Australians have long moved past worrying about whether digital technology has a place in education, with schools, colleges and universities now replete with a catalogue of digital devices, systems and applications.

Because of this ubiquity, educational uses of technology tend to escape critical scrutiny and questioning, and most remain unaware of major privacy concerns raised when exploring how your children’s personal information is collected, stored and used at school.

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‘Privacy nightmare’: Concerns over new anti-encryption bill

The Australian government has released details of a new telecommunications bill that grants agencies new powers to access encrypted communications data, including enhancing the obligations of companies to provide assistance and new warrants to covertly obtain evidence directly from devices.

In the following piece, Ethan Nash breaks down the legislation, including historical and technical contexts, details of both major schedules in the drafted legislation, and reasons for concerns associated with the broadened power scope granted.

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Ultimate guide to the dangers of vaccines in Australia

The Australian government’s claims of safety and efficacy of vaccines are being underpinned by non-objective science provided by an oligarchy of pharmaceutical companies through industry-funded institutions and lobby groups.

In this hostile climate, any citizen questioning vaccination policy is reflexively labelled an “anti-vaxxer” and marginalised or even censored.

The following piece is an ultimate guide to the dangers of vaccines in Australia, including a list of ingredients, studies and medical professionals opposing vaccines, details of the adverse reaction process domestically, Big Pharma’s connections to big business and government and more.

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#CensusFail: Another example of why we should never trust the Australian government

In the aftermath of one of the biggest digital collapses in Australian history, the Turnbull government’s response to the Census fail has left more questions than it has answers, as officials continue to flip-flop over vague technical explanations and even contradict themselves on whether the DDOS attack it announced this morning was even an attack.

In the following opinion piece, Ethan Nash takes a look at some of the companies and departments behind the 2016 Census and gives a brief history of government behaviour with the privacy of Australian citizens.

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Census 2016: ‘The most significant invasion of privacy ever perpetrated on Australians’

For more than 100 years, the Census has “provided a snapshot of Australia, showing how our nation has changed over time and allowing us to plan for the future.”

However, as Australians prepare to partake in the latest Census tomorrow, there has been some concerning new changes to the process that has outraged citizens and privacy advocates, as Ethan Nash explains.

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Protesters rally against compulsory vaccination in Brisbane

Protesters rallied at Queens Park in Brisbane yesterday to oppose proposals to revoke family tax benefits of conscientious objectors to vaccination, through means of legislative reform, and to promote the ideals of freedom of choice from state-enforced measures through lies, deception and propaganda.

TOTT News and Real News Australia were at the rally, and captured a number of photos, interviews and videos.

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