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January 2, 2017

Sleep, Lasers and Sauce revisted

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This show was first broadcast in 2007

Robot fleas, brain chips, and viral confections by Ian Woolf,
Sarah Blunden gives Darren Osborne. tips on how to get a good nights sleep,
Harald Giessen tells Chris Stewart how lasers will blow your mind and other body parts,
Will eating an Aussie pie protect you from the suns harsh rays by Kachina Allen.
Produced and presented by Tilly Boleyn.

Dr Sarah Blunden - Australian Centre for Education in Sleep

Professor Harald Giessen
Kachina Allen

An Update on the Health Effects of Tomato Lycopene
Mayo Clinic - Lycopene

January 9, 2017

Sexual ecology and Pirate privacy again

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(This show was first broadcast on the 8th of July 2013)

In Pitt St Mall, Ian Woolf talks to David W Campbell, Pirate Party Senate candidate about the PRISMbreak privacy protest.
At Nerd Nite Sydney, Ian Woolf chats with Dr Peter Jonason about the behavioural ecology of sexual relationships.
Produced and presented by Ian Woolf

Peter Karl (PK) Jonason, Ph.D

Nerd Nite Sydney

David W. Campbell

Pirate Party Australia
PRISM break
Snowden reveals Australia's links to US spy web
NSA Surveillance of Australia Exposed!
Agreements with private companies protect U.S. access to cables’ data for surveillance


iwoolf's PRISMbreak  Sydney 2013 photoset iwoolf's PRISMbreak Sydney 2013 photoset

January 16, 2017

Identity cards for Australia again?

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(This show was first broadcast on the 1st of March 2007)
ID Card news by Ian Woolf,
Synthetic interview with Anna Johnston of the Australian Privacy Foundation about privacy concerns, by Anonymous Voice,
Aras Vaichas speaks with Ian Woolf about RFID cards,
Anonymous Voice interviews Professor Graham Greenleaf about card use and Cyberlaw ,
Presented by Darren Osborne,
Produced by Ian Woolf and Charles Willock


Senator Pauline Hanson in 2017 is calling for the introduction of an Identity Card for everyone who uses Government services, for the purpose of somehow reducing welfare fraud.

Concealment of identity when exposing fraud and malpractice has long been an issue for whistleblowers. That has partly been resolved by disguising their voice. We experiment with a further level of concealment - concealing the interviewer as well, by replacing their
voice with an anonymous synthetic voice.

We also explore synthesising an interview - using answers from a real interview but splicing them with new questions spoken by an anonymous interviewer voice.
small diagram of program structure
(Click for full visual map)


The interview with Anna Johnston was synthesised from a story by Alex Koutts, produced by Erica Vowles and originally broadcast  on 13th February 2007 on The Wire.  
Permission to adapt and rebroadcast that interview is
gratefully acknowledged.


Updates: (. . . and developments since the program aired)

[ABC]: Let's kill the Australian identity card zombie once and for all

[Senate]:  Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee report is critical of
many aspects of the Legislation (15th March 2007)

[SMH]:  Government moves quickly to defer legislation for AU$1.1Bn card
"Sydney Morning Herald: Backlash fear sparks ID card rethink"

[ZDNet]:  Minister, Senator Campbell, resigns (on unrelated matter).

[Silicon.com]:  ID card support collapses

[ZDNet]:  Tendering for the card continues!

International and General

[Privacy International]:  Leading surveillance countries around the world

[ABC Radio National]:  Background Briefing. "Getting Smart: the Access card"

[IndyMedia]:  Difference between rejected 1986 ID-card and present proposal

[Spychips]:  Issues about RFID cards

[Privacy.Org]:  Privacy International - National ID Cards

[CNet]:  The Real ID rebellion (a similar proposed card in the US is called Real ID)

Privacy legislation applied to businesses is substantially different
from privacy legislation for government organisations.

[Privacy.gov]:  Australian State and Territory privacy legislation

[Privacy.gov]:  Australian privacy legislation for the Private Sector

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Campaigns and Issues

[ACLU]:  Flash animation of ordering pizza in an Identity card world

[ACLU]:  Flash animation of ID card interaction at airport. "Privacy, Its about Power."

[Privacy.Org]:  Australian Privacy Foundation ID-card Campaign

[Privacy.Org]:  Greenleaf, Graham "Australia's Proposed ID Card: Still Quacking Like a Duck." UNSW Law
Research Paper No. 2007-1 Available at SSRN:

[SSRN]:  G Greenleaf "Access All Areas': Function Creep Guaranteed in
Australia's ID Card Bill (No. 1)", Computer Law and Security Report Vol 23, 2007 (accepted)

[CyberLaw]:  "The Australian Government's Submission is seriously misleading to the
Senate - Supplementary submission to the Inquiry Into the Human
Services (Enhanced Service Delivery) Bill 2007" 2 March 2007

[CyberLaw]:  "Submission to the Inquiry Into the Human Services (Enhanced Service
Delivery) Bill 2007' 25 February 2007"

[EFA]:  Electronic Frontiers Australia

[CyberLaw]:  Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre

[SMH]:  Warning over medical details on national card

[ABC]:  Govt concedes age limit on access card

Need for Identity? - Need for Privacy?

[TheRegister]:  Centrelink database abuse 2006

[AccessCard.gov]:  Access Card and Privacy Taskforce Report

[AccessCard.gov]:  Government response to Taskforce Report

[Wikipedia]:  The Vivian Solon case.

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[Here's Why]:  Radio ID Skim Scam

[Here's Why]:  The Card that Accesses You!

[FOI-Privacy.Blogspot]:  Peter Timmins Open and Shut (blog)

Australian Government Websites

[Accesscard.Gov]:  Office of the Access Card

[Accesscard.Gov]:  The Access Card Bill

[Accesscard.Gov]:  Public submissions on the Access Card Bill

[Privacy.Gov]:  Proof of ID required?

[AG.Gov]:  Attorney General: Protecting identity security

[AG.Gov]:  Identity Security strengthened

[AG.Gov]:  Identity Theft Kit

[Senate]:  Access Card questions with notice in Parliament (Australia)

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Technology Sites

[Wikipedia]:  Radio Frequency Identification techology (Wikipedia)

[The-Gold-Blog]:  Are your credit cards safe?

[RFIDProductNews]:  Applications of RFID cards

[Bruce Shneier]:  Skimming RFID Credit cards

[TechNewsWorld]:  Hacking RFID passports

January 23, 2017

Zap your genes into space

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Physician zap thyself by Ian Woolf,
Paddy Neumann talks about testing his electric rockets on the International Space Station.
Nemeses by Jonathan Coulton,
Production checked by Charles Willock,
Produced and hosted by Ian Woolf

2016-11-18 16.29.39

Paddy Neumann
Neumann Space

Human Growth Hormone Therapy for HIV patients
One Man’s Quest to Hack His Own Genes
U.S. Government Starts Test of Zika Vaccine in Humans
Encyclopedia of Life Sciences - Electroporation

January 30, 2017

Digging dinosaurs

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Antibody to blood factor prevents brain ageing,
Stem cell genes rejuvenate by Ian Woolf,
Mitchell Seymour talks to Barry McKay about digging dinsosaurs,
Put it To The test by They Might Be Giants,
Production checked by Charles Willock,
Produced and hosted by Ian Woolf

Dinosaur Museum Canberra - 9
Australian National Dinosaur Museum

Antibody can protect brains from the ageing effects of old blood
Hanadie Yousef
(Conference abstract
) VCAM1 is a Mediator of Age-related Brain Inflammation & Decreased Neurogenesis Caused by an Aged Systemic Milieu

In Vivo Amelioration of Age-Associated Hallmarks by Partial Reprogramming
Researchers rejuvenate aging mice with stem cell genes
Rejuvenating senescent and centenarian human cells by reprogramming through the pluripotent state
Ageing process may be reversible, scientists claim

They Might Be Giants

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