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CyberBeat news #47

02 August 2022

Automating the job of the programmer: Cybernetics Lecturer,  Dr Ben Swift, talks about Microsofts’ AI system Known as Github Copilot.

CyberBeat news #46

27 July 2022

This week Malcolm talks with Olivia Passmore from   the Alannah & Madeleine Foundation and their digital focused programs for children.

CyberBeat news #45

21 July 2022

This week we consider the digital consequences of Roe v. Wade for Australians. 

CyberBeat news #44

14 July 2022

This week former Uber lobbyist Mark MacGann speaks publicly about the ‘Uber Files’, which reveal extensive illegal activities allegedly conducted by Uber Technologies Inc.

CyberBeat news #43

07 July 2022

This week we look at how digital trails of abortion seekers can be used as criminal evidence in the wake the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe vs Wade.

CyberBeat news #42

30 June 2022

Bronwyn Mercer tells us more about the NetThing forum and how you can get involved.


CyberBeat news #41

23 June 2022

This week Consumer group Choice reveals major retailers are using facial recognition technology on customers without consent.

CyberBeat news #40

16 June 2022

This week we look at how Google’s Artificial Intelligence system LaMDA (who prefers the pronouns ‘it’ or ‘its’) - is challenging the idea of what sentience is.

CyberBeat news #39

09 June 2022

This week we look at how to keep yourself and your business safe from scams using the resources available from ScamWatch.

CyberBeat news #38

02 June 2022

This week on CyberBeat a report from Reuters examining how Singapore’s robot workforce is being used to resolve labour shortages.

CyberBeat news #37

25 May 2022

This week - how did how North Korean hackers steal $625 million US dollars in crypto from Axie Infinity game?

CyberBeat news #36

11 May 2022

This week we keep tabs on Clearview AI, and can artificial intelligence predict future crimes?

CyberBeat news #35

11 May 2022

Bronwyn Mercer - Cybersecurity professional and Chair of NetThing steering committee talks about this years Internet Governance Forum event.

Check out - https://netthing.org.au/

CyberBeat news #34

04 May 2022

This week EBay’s horrific cyberstalking campaign against journalist couple who critiqued the $47 billion online sales platform.

CyberBeat news #33

27 April 2022

This week more privacy tips

CyberBeat news #32

20 April 2022

This week Damon Scott Director of Operations at Aegis9 shares some tips for keeping your business secure.

CyberBeat news #31

13 April 2022

Teresa Corbin, co-founder of ACCAN, Australia’s peak communications consumer organisation takes us through UN Consumer rights and how it relates to digital platforms.

CyberBeat news #30

06 April 2022

The Australian Signals Directorate gets a budget boost of  $9.9 billion dollars over 10 years to extend its cyber capabilities, but what is being committed to reduce the escalating threats to ordinary Australians when conducting business and personal activities online?

CyberBeat news #29

31 March 2022

Associate Professor Johanna Weaver Director of the Tech Policy Design Centre at the Australian National University explains how  governance be used as a tool to shape technology for the long-term benefit of humanity. 

CyberBeat news #28

24 March 2022

Dr Asher Flynn,  Associate Professor of Criminology at Monash University talks about the gender implication of online abuse.

CyberBeat news #27

17 March 2022

This week Cryptographer Vanessa Teague  demonstrates that iView the ABC’s  streaming service  sends data to third parties like Google and Facebook even if you opt out.

CyberBeat news #26

10 March 2022

Rita and Malcolm discuss the prolonged Internet and telecommunication catastrophe in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales. 

What are government's roles and responsibility to ensure Australians have robust Internet and Telecommunications infrastructure?

CyberBeat news #25

03 March 2022

Hackers, Hipsters and Hustlers are key to solving our digital challenges but are they being heard. 

Peter Lewis - leading public campaigner; Alex Pendashteh - Vice President, Linux Users of Australia; Michelle Howie - Technical enthusiast and energiser.

CyberBeat news #24

24 February 2022

Alex Pendashteh - Vice President, Linux Users of Australia talks about opportunities when looking at technology solutions.

CyberBeat news #23

17 February 2022

Professor Ellie Rennie talks about the lead role bitcoin mining can take in tackling climate change.

CyberBeat news #22

10 February 2022

Angus Murray - Digital Rights advocator and Lawyer talks about surveillance legislation expansions and digital rights.

CyberBeat news #21

03 February 2022

Angus Murray - Digital Rights advocator and Lawyer talks about Surveillance legislation and the relationships between the Individual, corporation, and the government.

CyberBeat news #20

26 January 2022

Lizzie O’Shea talks about technology companies being held to account.

CyberBeat news #19

19 January 2022

Lizzie O’Shea Human rights lawyer talks about the dangers of Facial recognition technology.

CyberBeat news #18

12 January 2022

The  impersonal experience of AI. Easy security and privacy tips to keep you safe online.

CyberBeat news #17

05 January 2022

Manal Al-Sharif talks about the background of how NSO’s Pegasus was developed during the Arab Spring uprisings ten years ago. 

And according to AI it will never be ethical.

CyberBeat news #16

29 December 2021

Highlights from the panel discussion - “Mass Surveillance and Democracy” from NetThing 2021 - Australia’s Internet conversation that covers topics relevant to everyone. 
Manal Al-Sharif, Human Rights Activist and Cybersecurity expert
Aidan Ricketts, Lecturer, School of Law and Justice, Southern Cross University

CyberBeat news #15

22 December 2021

Jim Mussared - Open Source Software Developer talks about issues around the COVIDSafe app and Vaccine passports.

CyberBeat news #14

15 December 2021

Lizzie O’Shea - Lawyer and social justice activist talks about Digital Rights in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

CyberBeat news #13

09 December 2021

Vanessa Teague CEO of Thinking Cybersecurity talks about the privacy and security issues around Vaccine Passports.

CyberBeat News #12

01 December 2021

This week professor Hudson Birden talks about the complexities around Vaccine passports.

CyberBeat News #11

24 November 2021

Keith Besgrove, Vice-Chair of Internet Society talks about Australia’s annual Internet Governance forum NetThing 2021 and why it's important to all Australians

Damon Scott - Chief Operations Officer at Aegis9 describes why Internet Governance is paramount to the success of businesses - whether small or large.

CyberBeat News #10

17 November 2021

This week Malcolm talks about the achievements and challenges ahead for New Zealand’s Privacy Commissioner John Edwards  who will be standing down at the end of the year to take on the role of U.K. Information Commissioner.

CyberBeat News #09

10 November 2021

This week Malcolm talks about two critical changes to the privacy framework that governs Australia.

CyberBeat News #08

03 November 2021

Is blowing the whistle in the digital age getting harder? We talk with Brian Martin Vice-chair of Whistleblowers Australia.

CyberBeat News #07

27 October 2021

This week Malcolm provides an overview of Information Privacy, and Rita looks at what is behind NetThing 2021 a free online event for the Australian Internet Community.

For NetThing 2021 check out and register -


CyberBeat News #06

20 October 2021

Damon Scott - Chief Operating Officer at Aegis9  provides an overview of Cybersecurity

CyberBeat News #05

13 October 2021

Experts from ABN Amro and the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research explain how we can improve cybersecurity by copying our own immune system.

Sourced from TNW

CyberBeat News #04

06 October 2021

Cyber security specialist and activist Manal Al-Sharif explains how social media can manipulate your thoughts.

CyberBeat News #03

29 September 2021

Manal Al-Sharif, a cyber security specialist and activist reveals why she gave up social media. 


CyberBeat News #02

22 September 2021

Malcolm Crompton discusses Information Privacy and the very confusing Australian Privacy Act.

CyberBeat News #01

15 September 2021
Digital Rights advocator and solicitor Angus Murray talks about the Surveillance Legislation Amendment (Identify and Disrupt) Bill 2020 that weaponises the use of an already existing powerful surveillance architecture into law, gifting police and spy agencies powers to obtain, modify and delete your data without you knowing.

CyberBeat Pilot

14 June 2021

What is an immunity passport and is it a good idea?

Is this another piece of invasive surveillance by authoritarians? Or a reasonable public health measure?

In our feature we explore these themes with Professor Hudson Birden an authority on epidemiology and Angus Murray, Solicitor and Chair of Electronic Frontiers Australia’s Policy Committee

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