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The Herald Sun this week reported on a new study on teenage bullying – including cyberbullying.

Several hundred teenagers in Victoria, in Year 7 and Year 9, were interviewed for the study.

According to Australian Catholic University Professor Sheryl Hemphill, more than 20 per cent of girls in the study reported being cyberbullied in the last year.

In the technology sector around the world, ‘startup’ companies form a critically important part of the growth cycle.

A startup is a company formed, from scratch, typically with the aim of commercialising some technology. 

The rear cover of the new book ‘Sexts, Texts and Selfies’ notes that ‘Soon enough, every parent will have to discuss online safety with their children’. When you read this excellent book by renowned cyber-safety expert Susan McLean you quickly understand why.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 00:00

Is technology eating jobs?

As technology proceeds at a rapid pace, what does that mean for the future of work?  Will we see more and more jobs disappear?  And what if nothing comes along to replace them?

The Sydney Morning Herald online yesterday afternoon published an article by Ben Grubb which reports on a panel discussion held early last week, hosted by the NSW Law Society, on the subject “Cyber bullying: Individual rights in a digital age”. This morning a brief piece, summarised from Ben’s article, ran in the print edition.

Yesterday’s speech by Business Council of Australia President Catherine Livingstone, entitled Vision for a Competitive Australia, makes an important contribution to the national economic policy debate. Ms Livingstone argues that after two decades of growth – driven by an economic reform process and by a resources boom – we face the question of how to achieve continuing growth and maintain our national prosperity.

There is a lot of talk about ‘big data’ at the moment – the idea that it is now possible to capture large numbers of observations, and to manipulate the data and capture insights, in a way that could previously not be done.

One of the constants of modern life is the extraordinary rate of change of technology.

Monday, 23 June 2014 00:00

Ethical Challenges in Politics Part 3

In my last blog post on Ethical Challenges in Politics (Part 2), I discussed ethical issues faced by politicians, which I summarised as: politicians need to keep their feet on the ground, keep their hands out of the till and keep the tanks in the barracks.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014 00:00

Letter to the Editor, Sydney Morning Herald

To the Editor, You report that the Abbott Government is ‘culling cybersafety programmes’ and ‘cutting these programmes’ (‘Budget Estimates: Tony Abbott faces pressure to explain contradictory budget cuts’, Monday May 26).

This is not true. Two existing programmes, Cybersafety and Stay Smart Online, maintain their existing funding throughout the forward estimates (while they are subject to the application of the government wide indexation pause, there is no reduction in funding.)

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