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Julian Assange Runs For Office In Australia

December 13th, 2012 12:34 admin View Comments

Australia

mpawlo writes “Mr Julian Assange of Wikileaks fame, has, according to The Age, confirmed his intention to run for the Australian Senate in 2013. He will also form a Wikileaks political party. From the article: ‘Mr Assange said plans to register an Australian WikiLeaks party were ”significantly advanced”. He indicated he would be a Senate candidate, and added that “a number of very worthy people admired by the Australian public” have indicated their availability to stand for election on a party ticket. Mr Assange said he is able to fulfill the requirements to register as an overseas elector in either New South Wales or Victoria and that he will shortly take a “strategic decision” about which state he would be a Senate candidate for.’”

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Julian Assange Runs For Office In Australia

December 13th, 2012 12:34 admin View Comments

Australia

mpawlo writes “Mr Julian Assange of Wikileaks fame, has, according to The Age, confirmed his intention to run for the Australian Senate in 2013. He will also form a Wikileaks political party. From the article: ‘Mr Assange said plans to register an Australian WikiLeaks party were ”significantly advanced”. He indicated he would be a Senate candidate, and added that “a number of very worthy people admired by the Australian public” have indicated their availability to stand for election on a party ticket. Mr Assange said he is able to fulfill the requirements to register as an overseas elector in either New South Wales or Victoria and that he will shortly take a “strategic decision” about which state he would be a Senate candidate for.’”

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Australian Police Warn That Apple Maps Could Get Someone Killed

December 10th, 2012 12:55 admin View Comments

Australia

First time accepted submitter jsherring writes “Police in Victoria, Australia warn that Apple’s glitch-filled Maps app could get someone killed, after motorists looking for the Victorian city of Mildura were instead guided to a wilderness area. Relying on Apple Maps to navigate through rural Australia seems rather foolish but it has become common practice to rely on GPS navigation. Besides reverting to google maps, perhaps Apple should provide strong warnings to use other navigation sources if navigating to remote locations.”

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Facebook Won’t Take Down Undercover Cop Page In Australia

October 20th, 2012 10:12 admin View Comments

Australia

First time accepted submitter jaa101 writes “Facebook has refused a request from Australian police to take down a page with details of undercover police vehicles saying saying it cannot stop people taking photos in public places. The original story is paywalled and it doesn’t give a link to the relevant page which seems to be here . This page for the state of Victoria has 12000 likes but a similar page for the state of Queensland has over 34000, and there are other Australian pages too.”

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Former Australian Cop Wants Jail For Internet Trolls

October 17th, 2012 10:59 admin View Comments

Australia

beaverdownunder writes “A former police officer in the Australian state of Victoria has called on law enforcement to prosecute creators of hate pages on social media following Facebook’s decision to close down a page mocking Jill Meagher, the 29-year-old Melbourne woman abducted and killed last month. Susan McLean, who spent 27 years with Victoria Police before launching her cyber safety consultancy three years ago, said police have the ability to prosecute the creators of pages that are in breach of Australian laws but appear to be unwilling to use it. ‘There have been many cases in the UK where these people have been hunted down and charged and jailed. We need to do that in Australia.’ Under section 474.17 of the Commonwealth Crimes Act, it is an offense to use ‘a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offense,’ punishable by three years in jail.”

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Facebook Tests ‘Want’ Button To Hoard User Data, Save Its Stock Price

October 9th, 2012 10:06 admin View Comments

Facebook

colinneagle writes with news that Facebook is beginning to roll out tests of “want” and “collect” buttons in an attempt to bring users and retailers closer together. “The company is working with Victoria’s Secret, Pottery Barn, Michael Kors, Wayfair, Neiman Marcus, Fab.com and Smith Optics. The difference between ‘liking’ and ‘wanting’ would be like discovering the holy grail of datamining. Inside Facebook said that although the ‘Want’ button is different than the Want plugin that developer Tom Waddington noticed in June, the company may eventually offer it as a plugin. Unsurprisingly, Facebook wants to keep people on the site as opposed to leaving to visit Pinterest. Collections will offer retailers a Pinterest-like option to engage buyers, offer users a way to collect images, while also collecting even more data about users. For example, Facebook asks, ‘Why are you collecting this?’ Regardless of a user’s answer, the wants and collects will surely be used to deliver targeted ads. Eventually, the Collections feature could help Facebook generate more revenue.”

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Australian Smart Meter Data Shared Far and Wide

September 22nd, 2012 09:02 admin View Comments

Australia

New submitter ferrisoxide.com writes “In Victoria (Australia), detailed information about electricity customers’ power usage, which gives insights into when a house is occupied, is being shared with third parties including mail houses, debt collectors, data processing analysts and government agencies.”

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Looking Back At Australia’s First Digital Computer

June 16th, 2012 06:30 admin View Comments

Australia

An anonymous reader writes “Sometimes, it’s the oldest machines that are the most fascinating. PC & Tech Authority has posted this gallery of photos of the first automatic electronic stored-program computer in Australia and one of the first in the world — CSIRAC. The photos show a machine massive in size — the main system comprised nine steel cabinets containing 2000 valves that weighed over 7000kg. Using valve technology and World War II radar systems as a starting point, the machine was used for various purposes including weather forecasting, forestry, loan repayments and building design. It boasted a 1000Hz memory clock and a serial bus that transferred one bit at a time. The system generated so much heat, cool air needed to be blown up through the cabinets from the basement below. In addition to being Australia’s first computer, it is also said to have been the first computer to play digital music anywhere in the world. When CSIRAC was turned off for the last time, a witness described it as ‘like something alive dying.’” Museum Victoria has some short but informative pages about CSIRAC, too, including this one about programming the thing, and another about the dangers and annoyances of working on it.

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Aussie Police Consider Using Automated Spy Drones

May 13th, 2012 05:15 admin View Comments

Australia

beaverdownunder writes “Police in the Australian state of Victoria have confirmed that they are investigating employing unmanned drones in the war against crime, following the lead of law enforcement agencies in the United States, set to begin using drones as of tomorrow. This revelation has alarmed Australian civil libertarians, who fear that in a country with no constitutionally-protected civil rights, people could be surveilled for political reasons.”

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Top 5 TEDxTeen Talks

April 16th, 2012 04:00 admin View Comments

TEDx-Teen-150.pngNot every teenager sits around, texting endlessly and at all the wrong times, causing their parents to worry about a possible addiction to technology. Some of them give TED talks in their spare time.

How will we talk about feminism? What does it mean to “fail,” and why shouldn’t we fail better? What is love? Why isn’t America investing in young black men? And are the people who create change the silent supporters rather than the vocal leaders? In this curated selection of TEDxTeen Talks, the adolescent version of the adult TED Talks, five teens discuss these ideas and how they collide with their own stories.

Natalie Warne Believes in the Anonymous Extraordinaire

Natalie Warne begins her talk with a powerful reference to a picture of her mom as a 12-year-old girl, staring into the eyes of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “When I was younger, I would stand on my tippy toes and stare into that picture,” she says.

Warne is biracial, and experienced racism at an early age. She describes this in her talk as an identity crisis of sorts. As a result, she wanted to get through high school as quickly as possible. When she was 17, she discovered a film called Invisible Children, which is about the tragedy of Joseph Kony’s child soldiers. That’s when she also found her passion, and the power people have to fight for change.

Tavi Gevinson’s Still Figuring It Out

Style blogger Tavi Gevinson’s talk is called “Still Figuring It Out,” but based on her talk alone, it seems like this girl has it mostly figured out. Or at least what there is to know right now.

Gevison is best known for her now four-year-old fashion blog StyleRookie and RookieMag.com, her online style magazine for teenager girls. In her TED talk, she discusses her take on feminism, pop culture, her love of fashion and what makes a powerful female character.

“What makes a strong female character often goes misinterpreted,” says Gevinson. “Instead, you get a two-dimensional superwoman, that maybe has one quality that is played up a lot – like a catwoman type – or she plays up her sexuality which is seen as power. But this is not powerful. Flaws are key.”

She speaks honestly about what it means to be a feminist today, a word that for some reason still at times feels difficult to utter. She reassures young viewers that feminism is “not a rule book,” and that, rather, it’s a “discussion, conversation and a process.”

How Tara Suri & Niha Jain Learned to Fail

Why aren’t there any books on failing and failures? Why is everything about success and succeeding? That’s what Tara Suri and Niha Jain want to know. Sure, there are terms like “epic fail” and the FAIL blog, but in reality, no one wants to talk about failure. Instead, people fear it. They hope it doesn’t happen to them.

“In a culture that’s all about ‘winning,’ some people even blatantly recast their mistakes,” says Jain, as an image of Charlie Sheen flashes across the TEDxTeen PowerPoint screen.

The two girls chart their epic journey through the failure they experienced the previous summer when all they were trying to do was succeed. They wanted to change a community where 85% of women had been forced into prostitution. They had another plan. And it failed, in a good way.

“If we want to be game changers, we have to fail loudly and proudly,” says Suri.

Curtis Kulig Is Obsessed With Love

“Love me, love me, love me,” Kulig tells the TEDx audience. “Say it to the person next to you.” Everything is about love.

Obsession is usually talked about as a bad thing – but for this adolescent, it was his obsession with love that got him here in the first place.

“My obsession has turned into my profession,” he explains.

Perhaps you’ve heard of him. His simple “Love Me” logo can be found across the world, from spray-painted dumpsters to bottoms of skateboards to stickers, on Michael Stars T-shirts and Victoria’s Secret materials. He’s not a graffiti artist or a tagger. He’s a culture maker, a message creator.

“I am writing ‘love me’ till my hands hurt,” he says.

Khadim Diop Knows Frankenstein

Fifteen-year-old Khadim Diop is going to be a star. At age 5, he decided that he wanted to change the world.

His lyrical poetry walks the line between slam and rap, perfectly delivering a single message: “I am the promise of tomorrow,” he says, fierceness in his eyes.

“Am I not worth the fight? I am the future.”

These five teens are delivering just that, coupled with grace, eloquence and attitude. They are our future culture leaders.

“Becoming an adult means leaving the world of your parents and starting to make your way toward the future that you will share with your peers,” writes Alison Gopnik for The Wall Street Journal. “Puberty not only turns on the motivational and emotional system with new force, it also turns it away from the family and toward the world of equals.”

Source: Top 5 TEDxTeen Talks