The government must make sure technology serves public interest. The alternative is a libertarian free-for-all.

From big tech to robodebt to My Health Record, Australians are rightly concerned about the automating of decisions.

Read the full article on The Guardian Australia.


Web inventor's plan to tame it - so we all 'play nice' - is frustratingly naive

Call it Oppenheimer’s remorse. The man credited with inventing the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, has released a new blueprint on how to rescue us from his creation.

Read the full article in Sydney Morning Herald.


Happy Black Friday

Roundtable participant Bernie Smith from the SDA looks at the employment practices of Amazon on the busiest online shopping day of the year in the Sydney Morning Herald.


Unions are (badly) losing the data arms-race

An arms race is under way that will deeply affect the future for working people, in Australia, and everywhere.

It’s not about who is building next-generation nuclear weapons or who controls South-China Sea.

Instead, it’s a struggle over who controls data, who has the best data, how unions use data to achieve industrial and political objectives, how corporations use data to control workers, consumers and democracy, and how political parties use and regulate data.

The data-wars are here, workers are losing, and unions are being destroyed.

Read the full article by Alex White.


What if our personal data is less the ‘new oil’ and more like uranium?

Organisations are blundering about with our personal information with little idea of how to handle it safely, or even what to do with it.

Read the full article on The Guardian Australia.


New think tank aims to put "responsible technology" on the agenda

When new tech products or social media platforms arrive, there's a tendency to act first and ask questions later.

Yes, it's exciting that a smart-speaker can tell you the weather, but what are the consequences of having one in your home, constantly listening?

This is just one question the Australia Institute wants to put on the agenda, with its new think tank, the 'Centre for Responsible Technology'.

Listen to the interview with Peter Lewis on RN Drive.


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