Monica Tan The Dalai Lama, Ai Weiwei, Liu Xiaobo and Tiananmen Square. When the international community brings up ''human rights'' with China, the story plays out with a script so familiar one need only swap...
Michelle Grattan For children, the internet is the big enlarger.
John Kampfner In horror movies, the scariest moments usually come from the monster you can't see. The same goes for real life, or at least online life.
Paul Sheehan Google used to be holy. The company's motto was, and presumably still is, ''Don't be evil''. How about changing it to something more practical, like, ''Don't be irritating''? Google was once a...
Heckler Dozens of phone calls from thoughtful friends asking had I really been mugged in Manila? No, I had been hacked.
Richard Glover Idiots used to be corralled in places called pubs, in which they could bore each other with their crazy opinions while drinking themselves into alcoholic dementia but now — suddenly —...
Myf Warhurst This week, I got a special message in my inbox on Twitter. It read, "Hi, I'm 25, female and horny." I haven't had that many offers of late, and never one from her, so I knew something was wrong.
The Goanna It has all the informality and appearance of privacy with all the trappings of creating a public record.
Emma Macdonald and Peter Jean Federal largesse to the ACT was minimal in the budget, despite the announcement it would claw back $74 million.
Jai Galliott In last week's Defence Department white paper the Australian public got a scary one-line insight into the future of its air force.
Jacqueline Maley How much can we really expect of Justin Bieber? As a rule, anyone who has had a haircut named after them should not be taken too seriously.
Michael Short Michael Short speaks with Mark Triffitt, long-time politics and policy thinker.
Michael Short There will be at least some debate ahead of the federal election about policies and ideas. And there will be the banal and brutal attacks.
Jacqueline Maley Opposition Leader Tony Abbott was interviewed by Leigh Sales on 7.30 on Wednesday night. It was a TV event highly anticipated by politics dorks, and I know several who raced home for it.
Heath Aston This was not your average election policy launch. This was a Tony Abbott media event minus the fluorescent vest and safety glasses but with a little bit of Steve Jobs-type salesmanship.
James Brown While Kim Jong-un is threatening destruction of US cities, North Korea's elite can't get enough of US popular culture.
Mark Kenny Like the ubiquitous quicksand scene from the movies of his youth, the more John Howard struggled in 2007, the faster he sank.
Ross Gittins Is the productivity boost of mobile technology worth the hassle?
Ross Gittins I confess to a having an old fogey's ambivalence towards mobile phones. There are times when it suits me to keep in touch, but most of the time I don't want a phone taking over my life - or even...
Alan Stokes I enjoy paying tax. Reassures me we live in a caring society. Puts something back in return for the good fortune I've had.