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19 Sep 4:00pm Releasing Covidsafe app usage numbers could risk public safety, government claims
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Digital transformation agency says disclosing information would ‘adversely affect’ commonwealth-state relations The federal government has refused to release information on the number of Australians still using the Covidsafe contact tracing app, on the grounds it could risk public safety and harm commonwealth-state relations. Covidsafe relies on large numbers of the population running the app on their phones when out in the community to help identify close contacts in the event of an individual positive Covid-19 test.
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19 Sep 11:00am The Social Dilemma: a wake-up call for a world drunk on dopamine?
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The new Netflix docudrama is a valiant if flawed attempt to address our complacency about surveillance capitalism Spool forward a couple of centuries. A small group of social historians drawn from the survivors of climate catastrophe are picking through the documentary records of what we are currently pleased to call our civilisation, and they come across a couple of old movies. When they’ve managed to find a device on which they can view them, it dawns on them that these two films might provide an insight into a great puzzle: how and why did the prosperous, apparently peaceful societies of the early 21st century implode? The two movies are
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19 Sep 11:00am Suffering John Lewis stands at a crossroads on the high street
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The retailer is eyeing a more online future. But as the last big department store standing, could it expand in the real world? Twinkling lights are just visible behind screens where staff are putting the finishing touches to this year’s Christmas displays, but in other parts of the shop, the lights are still off. John Lewis’s flagship store in Oxford Street, central London, is bearing the scars of the pandemic. A restaurant and cafe are closed and there are more staff than customers on the furnishings floor. The fashion floor is also a depressing sight, with tags flagging big discounts on racks of unwanted dresses and officewear. Last week it emerged John Lewis had applied for planning permission to convert entire floors of this shop
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19 Sep 1:00am Medical experts v anti-vaxxers: the Covid-19 information battle
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Scientists face potential struggle to convince people of vaccine safety as celebrities join misinformation chorus
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