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  1. 11 May 2020 – Australia, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Health Data, Privacy

    Efficacy, ideology and COVIDSafe

    Questions remain over measuring the effectiveness of Australia’s COVIDSafe app, says a University of Melbourne expert, along with the mission creep.

  2. 7 May 2020 – Asylum seekers, COVID-19, International Students, Refugees, Statelessness

    What about those left out by the stimulus package?

    Australia's economic measures to support the community during COVID-19 have left out some of the most vulnerable, warns University of Melbourne expert

  3. 3 May 2020 – COVID-19, Coronavirus, Discrimination, Inequality, Workplace

    Discrimination in a pandemic

    A University of Melbourne experts says some people are more likely to face discrimination and inequality in the workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  4. 26 April 2020 – COVID-19, Coronavirus, Flexible Working, Privacy, Work

    Are our new virtual workplaces equitable?

    COVID-19 has changed the way many of us work, but University of Melbourne experts say our new virtual workplaces raise questions over equity.

  5. 24 April 2020 – COVID-19, Civil Rights, Democracy, Metadata, Privacy

    Do we really need a tracking app and can we trust it?

    Privacy must be central to any COVID-19 app, but there are other ways to track infections and an app may not work anyway, say University of Melbourne experts.

  6. 21 April 2020 – COVID-19, Coronavirus, Medicines Safety, Public Health, Viruses

    Coming clean on hand sanitisers

    A University of Melbourne expert says clarifying the distinction between ’therapeutic’ and ‘cosmetic’ hand sanitisers is critical in the fight against COVID-19.

  7. 17 April 2020 – COVID-19, Detention Centres, Refugees, Statelessness, UNHCR

    Detention increases COVID-19 health risk

    Australia has a legal and humanitarian obligation to protect people in immigration detention during the COVID-19 crisis, argue University of Melbourne experts

  8. 9 April 2020 – Australian Politics, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Law, Policy

    What could our post-COVID ‘new normal’ look like?

    With the strict rules around preventing the spread of COVID-19, a University of Melbourne expert explores how different our new post-emergency ‘normal’ could be

  9. 5 April 2020 – COVID-19, Privacy, Surveillance

    The cost to freedom in the war against COVID-19

    Mass digital surveillance is being used around the world to control COVID-19. University of Melbourne experts warn of the risks to citizens' privacy and freedom

  10. 7 March 2020 – Ageism, Discrimination, International Women's Day, Sexism, Women

    Women, age discrimination and work

    This International Women's Day, University of Melbourne research finds despite an increase in ageism against women, they are less likely to make a legal claim.