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‘Let no one who is not eager for truth and peace enter here’ (Plato)

Articles on this site express varying points of view, to encourage mature thinking on serious issues. The assumption is that you will want to study a controversial topic from various angles before you arrive at a conclusion, rather than simply believe what someone told you when you were impressionable! (So some stuff here is ‘hot’. Proceed at your own risk!). See the Statement of Faith for John Mark Ministries' theological stance.

Mobile/cell-phones and cancer

Why Devra Davis wants the world to hang up and take notice December 12, 2015 Ian Cuthbertson American scientist Devra Davis has an impressive record in public health, helping to expose the dangers of tobacco, asbestos and passive smoking. Next on her list? The always-on, every-present mobile phone. When I meet Devra Davis in the […]

Understanding Internet Trolls

The roots of troll culture are closer than we think Jeff Sparrow

THE WORLD is a’changing!!!

The world is moving ahead pretty quickly. Humans are a pretty smart bunch. No wonder we oldies have trouble

Robots, Algorithms and your Future

Human Work in the Robots’ Future By MARTIN E. MARTY APR. 7, 2015 “How Robots & Algorithms Are Taking Over,” is an important book review by Sue Halpern of Nicholas Carr’s The Glass Cage: Automation and Us. (The review is easily accessible; you might want to read (or reread) it before reading on. See “Sources” […]

SYSTEMS: Getting my head around them…

I woke this morning at 2.30 am with about ten complex questions in my mind – all relating to just one entity, my phone/internet/TV provider (the Australian telcho giant Telstra). 1. Phone/mobile/Internet/TV provider You see, we’re switching from Australia’s #2 telcho provider – Optus – and this holiday-month of January is the time we’re supposed […]

Australia Computer Terminology – Getting ready for Broadband in the Bush!!

  A little bit of Aussie culcha (See below for British culture) LOGON: Adding wood to make the barbie hotter LOG OFF: Not adding any more wood to the barbie. MONITOR: Keeping an eye on the barbie. DOWNLOAD: Getting the firewood off the ute. HARD DRIVE: Making the trip back home without any cold tinnies. […]

Social Media: say goodbye to ‘local’, ‘private’ and ‘average’

Four Words Going Bye-Bye MAY 20, 2014 Thomas L. Friedman The more I read the news, the more it looks to me that four words are becoming obsolete and destined to be dropped from our vocabulary. And those words are “privacy,” “local,” “average” and “later.” A lot of what drives today’s news derives from the […]

In this Digital Age, Big Brother is watching you!

Be warned, Orwellian logic has come full circle Date October 21, 2013 Joe Nocera Our privacy has slipped away in this digital world. Protesters attend a demonstration against secret monitoring programmes Prism, Tempora, Indect and show solidarity with whistleblowers Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning and others in Berlin. Photo: Reuters In his great and prophetic novel 1984, George […]

Paranoid about passwords? Just take a pill

BY:JOHN HARLOW From:The Times  June 24, 2013 STRUGGLING to remember your long list of computer or bank passwords? Forgotten your driving licence or company ID card? Now there’s a pill for that. A US phone company is working with doctors to perfect a tiny, swallowable device that stores your codes and ID in your stomach. […]

Australians most vulnerable to virtual stalkers

  By Marika Dobbin Jan. 23, 2013, 12:37 a.m. Australians are among the world’s heaviest internet users but also the most exposed to being tracked online by companies after personal information, a report warns. The report by the Centre For Internet Safety, associated with the University of Canberra, calls for greater privacy protection for Australians through […]