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Big Data – Big Responsibility

June 9, 2017 Trent Data Retention, Health, Technology

Here is a recording of Trent’s presentation to Cairns Hospital’s Grand Rounds on 2nd July, 2017 – entitled “With Big Data comes Big Responsibility”.       Cairns Grand Rounds presentations are hosted by James Cook University’s College of Medicine and Dentistry, and the video editing is done by Prof John McBride. The Video is […]

Democratised feels

January 17, 2017 Trent Society

Paul Kidd, someone I know through my work in the HIV sector, pointed out on Facebook, that 2016 wasn’t 2001 (September 11th) or 1941 (WW2) or 1914 (WW1) or any of the other years in which momentously awful things happened.  Despite this, there seems to have been a general consensus that 2016 was below average in […]

The Lure of Big Data Denies Natural Justice

December 30, 2016 Kate Galloway Society, Technology

Since Christmas, media has been flooded with stories of people apparently wrongly subjected to Centrelink debt recovery processes. It seems that Centrelink, Australia’s department responsible for assessing and dispensing social security payments, is suffering from a bad case of big data. Consequently, its customers are being wrongfully threatened with legal action for failure to pay […]

Chip, Chip, Chipping Away

August 30, 2016 Kate Galloway Society

Welcome to the newest member of the Future Wise team – Kate Galloway.  Kate is a legal academic at Bond University, with interests in property law, legal education and the intersection of the law and society.   She also writes a regular column for Eureka St, and blogs on her own blog at You can […]

Never the Twain

August 10, 2016 Trent Health, Technology

I’m a hospital-based medical specialist.  One of the things that annoys patients (and healthcare workers, too) is the rigid siloing of medical problems – “I’m not here about your diabetes, I’m the heart specialist”. The siloing of expertise isn’t just an issue for medical specialists, though.  Continuing the health example is the seemingly endless debate about the […]

The Price of Convenience

January 28, 2016 Trent Data Retention, Health, Technology

If you’ve seen any discussion online about privacy and the use of free online services, you’ve probably seen the quote:  “If you’re not paying for the product, you are the product” – which has been attributed to Andrew Lewis.  It’s not a universally-held view, but from the point of view of your personal data, it’s […]

Retention Scope Creep Exposed

January 20, 2016 Geordie Data Retention, Technology

Future Wise has been against data retention since the beginning. Before coming together to start the organisation we were against it as individuals. Retention is a terrible idea for a million reasons, but one of the biggest we have always argued is that it represents a publicly visible opportunity for every organisation that would rather like […]

Call to Secure the Internet

January 12, 2016 Future Wise Announcements, Technology

Today, Future Wise has joined hundreds of individuals, organisations and companies in calling on world leaders to support strong encryption and to reject any laws or policies which would undermine digital security. Several countries around the world are considering proposals which would undermine strong encryption, in the name of “security” and fighting crime.  However, encryption […]

eHealth – Share your ideas

June 5, 2015 Trent Health, Technology

We’ve been a bit busy at Future Wise of late – sometimes life gets in the way of the things that we really want to do.  Justin has presented our thoughts on data retention at AusCERT on the Gold Coast, and stimulated some great discussion among IT security professionals.  I also put together a storify […]

Straw Monis Argument

February 23, 2015 Trent Data Retention, Technology
Here at Future Wise, we're pretty fired up about the Government's plans to introduce mandatory data retention.  We've written a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee and you can see my blog post as well as articles by Leanne in Crikey and the Guardian and by Geordie in the Guardian as well.  We're waiting for [...]