When tools for a health emergency become tools of oppression
Surveillance technology and powers deployed to combat COVID-19 can and are being used to threaten civil freedoms, University of Melbourne experts warn.
Two data points enough to spot you in open transport records
University of Melbourne researchers have re-identified themselves and others in supposedly anonymous Myki datasets - highlighting a risk to privacy and safety.
The simple process of re-identifying patients in public health records
In 2016, doctors’ identities were decrypted in Australian medical records. Now, a University of Melbourne team finds patients’ records can also be re-identified
How small details can create a big problem
A University of Melbourne cyber-security analysis of a British government agency found system flaws, stressing the need for adequate information protection.
Facebook, the Government and revenge porn
Facebook and the Government are piloting a scheme to tackle revenge porn, but University of Melbourne experts ask whether the cost to our privacy is too much.
Crime and privacy in open data
Testing the strength of methods used for protecting privacy in open data is critical, and criminalising it will only endanger privacy.
Understanding the maths is crucial for protecting privacy
Researchers have decrypted the service provider ID numbers in a 10% sample of the Medicare Benefits Schedule, raising serious implications around privacy.
Can hackers turn off the lights?
We all know cyber-criminals can steal our personal information, but what happens when hackers attack our power companies and other critical infrastructure?
The rise of the machines: Fact or fiction?
Will we one day have robot overlords? University of Melbourne robotics and artificial intelligence researchers look into the future.