Category Archives: Business

‘Protestware’ is on the rise, with programmers self-sabotaging their own code. Should we be worried?

'Protestware' is on the rise, with programmers self-sabotaging their own code. Should we be worried?

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article here. In March 2022, the author of node-ipc, a software library with over a million weekly downloads, deliberately broke their code. If the code discovers it is running within Russia or Belarus, it attempts to replace the contents of…

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the perils of the Optus approach

the perils of the Optus approach

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article here. Optus fears data on up to 9.8 million of its customers has been accessed in a sophisticated cyberattack – including, for some customers, passport and drivers licence details, as well as phone numbers, dates of birth and email…

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The economic and cultural value of the Australian book industry deserves more government support

The economic and cultural value of the Australian book industry deserves more government support

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article here. The Australian book industry has operated for more than a century. It has matured into a mid-level English language market, smaller than the US and UK markets, but of sufficient size to generate first-rate books and export significant…

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what post-quake Christchurch is teaching us about urban recovery and transformation

what post-quake Christchurch is teaching us about urban recovery and transformation

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article here. In the aftermath of a series of earthquakes that devastated Ōtautahi Christchurch 12 years ago, impromptu and transitional organisations kickstarted the city’s recovery. On the many vacant sites in the demolished city, they supported pop-up shops, installations and…

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This law makes it illegal for companies to collect third-party data to profile you. But they do anyway

This law makes it illegal for companies to collect third-party data to profile you. But they do anyway

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article here. A little-known provision of the Privacy Act makes it illegal for many companies in Australia to buy or exchange consumers’ personal data for profiling or targeting purposes. It’s almost never enforced. In a research paper published today, I…

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