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Future Wise is intent on discussion and long-term policy development in areas related to technology. The development of high value industries, improvement of government services, availability of government data, infrastructure such as the NBN, improving research and innovation, how technology effects the way we interact socially, and the privacy and legal impacts of technology.

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Digital Health Update

There's been quite a bit going on in the digital health area of late. Unfortunately, it's coincided with me quite badly breaking the old version of our blog, so I haven't been able to post about it regularly. The blog is on the mend now, so here's a recap of 
Avatar Trent on Health and Technology

The Lure of Big Data Denies Natural Justice

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 
Avatar Kate on Society and Technology

Never the twain

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 
Avatar Trent on Health and Technology

The price of convenience

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, 
Avatar Trent on Data retention and Technology

Retention scope creep exposed

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 
Avatar Geordie on Data retention and Technology

Call to secure the internet

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 
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eHealth - share your ideas

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 of 
Avatar Trent on Health and Technology

Straw Monis argument

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 the PM’s national security statement to Parliament  – 
Avatar Trent on Data retention, Privacy and Technology

There is no "meta"

The Attorney-General’s Department would like to collect your “metadata”. It tried to get the former Labor government to introduce it, and has found a willing ally in the current government’s focus on national security. The government and its security agencies assure you it is vital to prevent terrorism that they be able to more easily access 
Avatar Trent on Data retention, Privacy and Technology