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Combatting online bullying is different for girls and boys: here’s why

Combatting online bullying is different for girls and boys: here’s why

Demands for improving online safety continue to capture headlines, often for the worst reasons.. While this outcry has signalled renewed interest in “stamping out” cyberbullying and reinvigorated health and wellbeing protocols for young people, interventions continue to fall behind the fast-paced development of communication devices and the take-up of new social media by teenagers. The […] … learn more→

Why Altered Carbon is not about the future – and nor is any other science fiction

Why Altered Carbon is not about the future – and nor is any other science fiction

The hopes and dreams of the technological movement known as “transhumanism” have been brought into the media spotlight thanks to Netflix’s new science fiction series, Altered Carbon (based on Richard Morgan’s 2001 novel). Transhumanists believe that our species will soon undergo a technological evolution into a new and superior form. While there is no single template for transhumanism’s imagined future, […] … learn more→

Pizzagate rabbithole: Who feeds the pigs?

Pizzagate rabbithole: Who feeds the pigs?

A recent “suicide” leads me to write again of things besides higher education, and see as it’s Friday, let’s have a little thought experimet: Mark Salling committed suicide and his cause of death was asphyxia by hanging, coroner’s report reveals This is the second Glee actor to commit suicide. This particular guy was under investigation […] … learn more→

The history of philosophy

The history of philosophy

Philosophy has deep roots, with a clear historical evolution.  It is about knowledge, and the argument for why (and how) we exist in the first place. Western Philosophy is considered by many to be the foundation of philosophy in our modern times.  Early philosophers before Socrates focused hypotheses on metaphysics, or the Study of Existence […] … learn more→

Tech diplomacy: cities drive a new era of digital policy and innovation

Tech diplomacy: cities drive a new era of digital policy and innovation

France recently appointed a tech ambassador to the Silicon Valley. French President Emmanuel Macron named David Martinon as “ambassador for digital affairs”, with jurisdiction over the digital issues that the foreign affairs ministry deals with. This includes digital governance, international negotiations and support for digital companies’ export operations. The appointment is part of France’s international digital […] … learn more→

Minecraft teaches kids about tech, but there’s a gender imbalance at play

Minecraft teaches kids about tech, but there’s a gender imbalance at play

Arguments about “screen time” are likely to crop up in many households with children these holidays. As one of the best-selling digital games of all time, Minecraft will be a likely culprit. In a recent survey of Australian adults, excessive “screen time” was rated as the top child health concern, but current time limit guidelines […] … learn more→

The problem isn’t unskilled graduates, it’s a lack of full-time job opportunities

The problem isn’t unskilled graduates, it’s a lack of full-time job opportunities

The Australian Coalition government’s position on young people is best captured by the phrase “earning or learning”. If you are under 30, the government expects you to be studying in an educational institute or working for a living. Leaving the politics aside, the relationship between education and employment is usually a good indicator of labour market […] … learn more→

In anticipation of Trump’s “Fake Media” awards

In anticipation of Trump’s “Fake Media” awards

The following news release has been issued by the Committee to Protect Journalists: As U.S. President Donald Trump announces his “Fake Media” awards, the Committee to Protect Journalists names its global Press Oppressors—world leaders who use rhetoric, legal action, and censorship to try to silence their critics. The list features leaders from China, Egypt, Myanmar, […] … learn more→

Available treatments and the future for Veterans with PTSD

Available treatments and the future for Veterans with PTSD

Veterans returning from active service often find it difficult to cope with the trauma they experienced in the military. Too often, these veterans avoid getting the help they need or just don’t know that there are options available to them. Fortunately, there are resources available for these veterans that will help them with disorders such […] … learn more→