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Unfollow, Unfriend, Delete, Repeat

When it comes to voting in today’s society, a lot of people look for information about the candidates online. But how do we know if the information we’re seeing is accurate? For democracy to work effectively, everyone needs to be equally informed. Filter bubbles distort how we see vital information which can have a detrimental… Continue reading Unfollow, Unfriend, Delete, Repeat

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Don’t Believe Everything You Read on the Internet

While some may not consider filter bubbles as posing too much of a threat, others believe that they can cause damage outside of the internet. In his TED Talk, Eli Pariser mentioned one of his first experience of filter bubbles. He noticed one day that all of the conservative posts had disappeared from his news… Continue reading Don’t Believe Everything You Read on the Internet

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Briefly Brexit

In June 2016, the United Kingdom held a referendum on the country’s European Union membership, which had been debated about for several years prior. While it seemed likely the majority would vote to remain, 52% of the public voted to leave the EU. Three years after the initial vote and the United Kingdom have yet… Continue reading Briefly Brexit

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Filter Bubbles 101

Have you ever noticed your Facebook suggesting posts or groups associated with something that you’ve recently interacted with? Maybe you’ve been presented with lots of memes about the Game of Thrones finale after liking the official page. Or you’re being suggested pages related to a brand of product that you liked pictures of. Or, if… Continue reading Filter Bubbles 101

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BreLeave in Brexit?

Unless you’ve avoided all forms of social media over the last two years, you’ve probably heard of the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union – aptly dubbed ‘Brexit’. The political climate of the UK has been highly publicised since the referendum was announced, and many politicians including Prime Minister David Cameron have stepped… Continue reading BreLeave in Brexit?

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Push to reduce waste in the Illawarra

Community groups in Wollongong are working together to reduce 70 per cent of the city’s single-use plastics by 2020, following China’s ban on foreign waste. The ‘Plastic Free Wollongong’ initiative was created by the Boomerang Alliance, which consists of 47 environment groups from across Australia. The initiative aims to bring the community together reduce the amount… Continue reading Push to reduce waste in the Illawarra

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NSW government to reduce litter by 40% by 2020

The NSW government’s container recycling scheme Return and Earn has been designed to reduce the volume of litter discarded in NSW. Although the majority of people agree that littering is unacceptable, some still continue to do so. The NSW Environment Protection Authority released its first litter prevention strategy last year that outlines the ways in… Continue reading NSW government to reduce litter by 40% by 2020

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New play explores history of gay hate crimes in Australia

There have been almost 2,500 same-sex marriages registered in Australia since the postal vote, but a new play remembers the country’s history of anti-gay violence. The play, Lost Boys, explores the series of unsolved murders of gay men in Sydney in the 1980s. Around 80 men were murdered and it has been estimated that up… Continue reading New play explores history of gay hate crimes in Australia

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Assault rates dropping in the Illawarra, new data reveals

The rate of domestic and non-domestic violence assaults in the Illawarra have been steadily decreasing over the last five years, new crime statistics show. The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) has released five-year reports that contain the nature and locations of the 17 major offences, including stealing from a motor vehicle, breaking and entering,… Continue reading Assault rates dropping in the Illawarra, new data reveals