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US pendulum swings back towards civil liberties

3 June 2015

ABC The Drum

As the rally-around-the-flag effect of the War on Terror began to fade, concerns over surveillance have started to emerge in the United States. Lecturer Gorana Grgic says the new USA Freedom Act swings the pendulum back towards civil liberties. Read article

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Obama signs off on the Freedom Act

3 June 2015

2SER The Wire

While the newly-passed Freedom Act in the US has been seen as a win for civil liberties, many feel the gains are tenuous and haven't gone far enough. Associate professor Brendon O'Connor looks at the surveillance and data collection laws. Listen online

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US Senate fails to pass new national security laws

1 June 2015

ABC TV The World

Sweeping surveillance powers used by the US National Security Agency are set to be shut down after the Senate failed to reach a deal on new laws. Lecturer Malcolm Jorgensen discusses whether this poses a threat to America. Watch online

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Intelligence and politics

1 June 2015

ABC Radio PM

Surveillance and intelligence gathering have made headlines this week as key provisions of the Patriot Act expired in the US and reports of expansion at Australia's Pine Gap facility raised questions. Lecturer James Curran looks at the history of Australia and US intelligence cooperation and how the alliance almost collapsed in the 1970s. Listen online

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Patriot Act expires but new laws look likely

1 June 2015

Triple J Hack

Supporters of limiting data retention in the US have cheered the expiry of many of the surveillance elements of the Patriot Act today but with new laws looking likely soon, lecturer Malcolm Jorgensen says it's questionable whether there will be any lasting change. Listen online

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As Washington steps back on state surveillance, Australia pushes forward

1 June 2015

ABC The Drum

The United States has just dialled back powers of surveillance that were granted to agencies in the aftermath of 9/11. Meanwhile, Australia is moving in the opposite direction, says editor of the Centre's blog Jonathan Bradley. Read article

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Snowden and the future

27 February 2014

ABC Radio Big Ideas

Is Edward Snowden a hero or a traitor? Lecturer Malcolm Jorgensen provides a response to a lecture by Snowden supporter Eben Moglen, arguing that the fugitive computer analyst over-stepped his role as a whistleblower. Listen online

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Latest Snowden leak causes headaches

2 December 2013

SBS World News Australia

The Australian Government has strenuously denied any wrongdoing following the release of more controversial documents on intelligence gathering by The Guardian newspaper. Lecturer Malcolm Jorgensen says the document could create serious legal issues. Watch online

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Turning back the clock on keeping governments accountable

5 November 2013

ABC News Radio and Radio Australia

Public Knowledge Forum speaker and Al Jazeera America reporter Melissa Chan discusses the challenges of reporting from China and how revelations about the surveillance state in America have changed how journalists work and keep governments accountable.  Listen online

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US spying scandal widens to Australia

4 November 2013

Sky News Late Agenda

Australia may now be implicated in the NSA espionage scandal that has already seen the alleged tapping of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone and large-scale surveillance of US citizens. Public Knowledge Forum speaker Eugene Robinson from the Washington Post discusses the domestic and global implications. 


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Ending Obama's 'out of control' surveillance

4 November 2013

ABC Radio The World Today

Centre visiting professor James Fallows discusses the Public Knowledge Forum he's convening on the future of journalism and democracy, and calls on President Barack Obama to rein in the US government's surveillance of its citizens, saying it is now 'out of control'. Listen online

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NSA revelations do international damage

4 November 2013

ABC TV News Breakfast

Public Knowledge Forum speaker and Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson discusses the domestic and international damage the NSA surveillance revelations have done to the Obama presidency and changing role of the media that the scandal has revealed. Watch online

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Political wheel turning on the NSA surveillance

30 October 2013

The Conversation

NSA director Keith Alexander has been forced to defend his agency’s operations after a series of revelations, exposing mass data gathering and surveillance programs on US citizens and world leaders. Lecturer Adam Lockyer wonders whether there is a change in the air in Washington in the attitude towards national security. Read article

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Extent of alleged US spying 'unmatched'

26 October 2013

ABC 24 Weekend Breakfast

While intelligence gathering by the nations around the world is common, lecturer Malcolm Jorgensen says the alleged extent of America's surveillence, including spying on world leaders, sets it apart. Watch online

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US denies German spying allegations

24 October 2013

Radio Live New Zealand

The US has denied allegations that it has been spying on German chancellor Angela Merkel. Lecturer Malcolm Jorgensen says the sheer scale of US espionage is threatening its relationship with traditional allies. Listen online

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Government surveillance, new talk on the economy, and the return of Anthony Weiner

25 July 2013

ABC 24 The World

The House of Representatives voted against a bill that would have changed the rules regarding the US government's surveillance of its citizens, but the fact that it held the vote at all is remarkable. Professor of political science and urban studies at Brown University James Morone, a visitor to the Centre, explains how the politics around this issue is shifting. Watch online

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Is the US listening to your calls?

15 July 2013

SBS Radio News

Revelations that Australian telephone company Telstra agreed to store emails and phone calls for potential surveillance by the United States have led to calls for greater judicial oversight of governments and their intelligence agencies. Lecturer Adam Lockyer says deals like these make it easier for the US government to monitor its own citizens. Listen online

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Depth of US electronic surveillance exposed

21 June 2013

Radio 2SER Friday Daily

Honourary professor Edward Blakely says it will come as no surprise to most Americans that they are being watched by their government, but revelations about the depth of NSA electronic surveillance program PRISM have drawn the ire of both Democrats and Republicans.  Listen online

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Obama's security state on steroids

12 June 2013

The Australian

After revelations that the National Security Agency has been collecting the phone and internet records of US citizens, President Barack Obama said the US would have to make some choices between liberty and security. Research associate Nicole Hemmer thought America had already made that choice — when it elected Barack Obama. Read article

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NSA surveillance scandal deepens

10 June 2013

ABC Local Radio Sydney

The leaking of a 41-page Powerpoint presentation on the US National Security Agency's ability to carry out widespread telecommunications surveillance on American citizens has civil liberties advocates up in arms. Lecturer David Smith says the developing scandal could have widespread global ramifications.  Listen Online

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US phone tapping leaks

10 June 2013

2GB Money News with Ross Greenwood

The US government has been caught out collecting phone records of its citizens and President Obama has  come out to defend it. Research associate Tom Switzer discusses the latest news coming out of America.  Listen Online

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Whistleblower hiding in Hong Kong

10 June 2013

ABC Radio PM

Edward Snowden, the man who leaked top-secret US government documents revealing the widespread surveillance of phone and internet records, remains holed up in a Hong Kong hotel room, unsure of his fate. Lecturer Adam Lockyer says the consequences for Snowden could be dire. Listen online

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US-China summit and NSA surveillance

8 June 2013

ABC News 24 Weekend Breakfast

Research associate Tom Switzer discusses the latest news from the US including the NSA data mining scandal and the historic meeting between the leaders of China and America. Watch Online

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US government defends surveillance

7 June 2013

ABC Radio PM

The US government has confirmed the existence of a massive surveillance system that monitors the phone records and online activities of tens of millions of Americans. Lecturer Harry Melkonian looks at the implications for civil liberties of the PRISM program.  Listen Online

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