Cherry bar, ACDC, noise complaint

AC/DC Lane too noisy, says nearby new resident

Tension between residential developments and live music venues has flared up after AC/DC Lane’s Cherry bar received complaints about noise from residents of a new apartment complex on Flinders Street. One new resident has filed a complaint to the bar and the council that the loud late-night music from the bar was affecting her sleep…

People are becoming more aware of the world's biodiversity Photo: Chris Ford / Flickr

World failing to meet biodiversity targets: study

Globally, biodiversity is in trouble, and new research shows that the situation is unlikely to improve over the next five years. Researchers from around the world analysed global progress towards meeting the 20 international “Aichi Biodiversity Targets” by 2020 as set under the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2010. The results were published today in…

Social media can be a journalist's best friend or their worst enemy [Image: Andreas Eldh / Flickr]

Nothing personal: social media must remain opinion-free zones for journalists

Journalists must resist posting personal opinions on social media to avoid tainting themselves – and their employers – with credibility-destroying bias. Doing so has claimed more than a few careers. CNN correspondent Diana Magnay was recently reassigned from her post covering the Israel-Gaza war after tweeting that a group of Israelis, who were cheering missile attacks on Gaza,…

WikiLeaks suppression order censors the press on "national security" grounds [Source: Nikhil / Flickr]

Media watchdog muzzled: national security gag order spells death for press freedom

The suppression order at the heart of Australia’s biggest bribery scandal exploited national security fears to block much-needed media scrutiny. Anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks revealed the order – the details of which can’t legally be published – banned publishing certain corruption allegations against high-profile politicians overseas. The order’s purpose was to prevent damage to Australia’s international…

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Does Australia need tougher cyberbullying legislation?

Before Facebook there was Facemash. In 2003, Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg created the “hot or not” website, which compared photos of Harvard students and asked users to vote for the “hotter” person. By the time the humiliating website was shut down, Zuckerberg told college daily newspaper The Harvard Crimson that 450 people had visited the website…