The use of disinformation campaigns and cyber attacks by authoritarian states has rightly attracted much criticism in the mainstream media. However, the US and its democratic allies decades ago pioneered the use of disinformation in their own propaganda campaigns. Brian Toohey reports.
China is provoking every country in its region. But that is no reason to cut off all contact, including scientific engagement, particularly if we want to avoid war, writes Brian Toohey.
Federal Energy Minister Angus Taylor’s backing for the Victorian-based hydrogen export plan, which he described as a “significant project”, defies financial credibility.
While Australia criticises other countries for their expansionist policies, it claims to own 42% of Antarctica. And although citing a “staunch commitment” to environmental protection of the Antarctic, proposes to build a $2 billion concrete aerodrome at its Davis base. Brian Toohey reports.
Australian governments and their defence leaders, with help from lobbyists, choose immensely complex, overpriced and overmanned weaponry. Wasteful spending has to end, writes Brian Toohey.
The good thing to come out of Donald Trump’s four years in power is that he has not sent America into war, joining the Democrats’ Jimmy Carter as the only other president since 1950 to show such restraint. Brian Toohey reports.
So much for sovereignty. Australia is locked out of repairing key US components of our submarines’ computer systems, and the government has committed our fleet to the extraordinarily dangerous role of helping the US conduct surveillance in the South China Sea. Brian Toohey reports.
The Joint Strike Fighter has been plagued by problems since it was just a sketch on paper, when in 2002 John Howard jumped the gun and committed to buying them. But the F-35 still has its champions in Australia with some wanting to buy 200 to get ready for a war with China.
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When asked whether Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews believed Parliament should be consulted before Australian troops are sent into armed conflict abroad, Minister Andrews’ office directed our enquiry to the Defence Minister’s office. Minister for Defence Peter...
Israeli firm NSO Group has created spyware which can hack a smartphone, beat encryption and access every bit of our data, live-time, just like reading over somebody’s shoulder. Human rights activist and cyber-security expert Manal al Sharif examines the implications. This is the first in Manal al Sharif’s Tech4Evil series which exposes the threat of Big Tech on our minds, our humanity and democracy itself. Exclusive.