theknews.org

theknews.org Things we once knew – in support of distilled knowledge and persistent wisdom. A place to find and contribute the best knuggets of wisdom on any #topic. – Niraj Lal, Nick Binnington, August 2016   not for profit.   Knuts and bolts on how it works theknews.org will one day store the best available…

An Areopagitic oath for journalism

An Areopagitic oath for journalism A first attempt by Niraj Lal, July 2016 Borrowing from: L. Lasagna, “The modern Hippocratic oath”, 1964, Tufts University, USA. G. Monbiot “A Hippocratic oath for journalists”, 2011, http://www.monbiot.com/2011/07/11/a-hippocratic-oath-for-journalists/ J. Milton “Areopagitica”, 1644, A speech for the Liberty of Unlicensed Printing to the Parliament of England. London. W. Williams, “A…

A letter to honours students in Australia considering a PhD

Congrats on finishing your undergrad.  Getting a university degree isn’t easy and is probably harder now than before with the pressures of part-time work, tenuous housing and future massive HELP debts. Being smart – you’re likely aware of the option to study for a PhD. Maybe your honours supervisor has approached you about doing one,…

The case for noise against bulk surveillance.

noisevssignal.org Scaremail Bulk surveillance is employed by governments because it is easy. Computers are able to quickly and cheaply scan our electronic communications, automatically raising alerts for potential threats (however defined) to pass to human agents.  Trained humans are expensive – so most work is automated; the low cost of computing is what allows bulk…

Noise vs Signal

noisevssignal.org   Noise vs Signal is a form of digital protest against bulk surveillance. Who is opposed to targeted surveillance? No-one sane. But the bulk untargeted surveillance of all digital communications is dangerous, unethical and unconstitutional. Must we forego use of the internet to avoid surveillance? Perhaps. Must we route all digital traffic through the…