Kyle Wiens: Right to Repair
Join the world’s most influential maintenance man for a discussion of tech waste, consumption, economic opportunity and a new kind of DIY revolution with tech commentator and radio broadcaster Vanessa Toholka.
Kyle Wiens and volunteer Leo
‘When you fix something – just for a moment – entropy loses its iron grip on the universe,’ Kyle Wiens has written. ‘When you fix something – just for a moment – you’re the victor.’
Wiens is a consumer activist and the CEO of iFixit, an online repair community. A crusader against planned obsolescence, he believes in the power to unlock, modify, repair and increase the lifespan of everything you own – from your car to your iphone. At iFixit he’s overseen open-source repair instructions in 11 languages, enabling millions of people to do exactly that. He’s also a prolific writer, who has argued persuasively that maintenance and ‘remanufacturing’ represent areas of enormous opportunity within a broken economic system.
In the nineties, ‘radical’ was a term of enthusiastic approval. Two decades later, though, it’s the darker connotations of the expression (or word) that take precedence.
In Australia today, white nationalists, ISIS supporters and anarchists frequent news headlines, while the mainstream – public figures, politicians – has emboldened fringe groups. What are the driving forces behind radicalisation in Australia, and how…
Girl on a Wire: Women and Social Media
The problem of verbal and emotional violence against women online remains insufficiently – or often, mistakenly – addressed. Headlines about online harassment continue to focus on victims rather than perpetrators, while platforms like Twitter and Facebook struggle to define and act upon the difference between free speech and abuse.
But there’s also the upside: social media’s potential for women who are…
Modern Confidential: Digital Privacy Today
The notion of personal privacy in a digital society may be out of date. While many of us say we still want it, we willingly share our data – and dislike paying to protect it. Governments and online businesses covet our personal information. Meanwhile, almost nobody reads the terms and conditions; we merely trust that if something were awry, someone…
Seeking Same: Helen Razer
In her latest book, The Helen 100, writer and humorist Helen Razer chronicles the sudden, life-shattering evaporation of her 15 year relationship. This grief (and a subsequent dare from her beauty therapist) prompted her to go on 100 dates over a year – in search of renewal, distraction and good old-fashioned porking.
For no one, least of all a…
In the Dark: Secrecy and Democracy
Can secrecy be justified in the name of national security? At this forum event, three speakers respond specifically to this provocation. Join host Gael Jennings, human rights lawyer Madeline Gleeson, philosopher Raimond Gaita and media ethics expert Denis Muller for a discussion of the dark corners of democracy.
Gael Jennings, Madeline Gleeson, Denis Muller and Raimond Gaita
What level of state secrecy are we willing to accept? And what happens when we don’t know – or don’t wish to know – what our government is doing in our name?
The capacity for the public to scrutinise government decisions is central to a functioning democracy. But since the introduction of Operation Sovereign Borders in 2013, we’ve seen increasing secrecy around the implementation of asylum seeker policy: on-water operations are confidential, offshore detention centres are difficult to access, and new rules under the Border Force Act mean people working in Australia’s detention system can now be jailed for disclosing ‘protected information’.
Does this culture of secrecy violate Australia’s democratic values? Or are our politicians upholding their elected responsibility by representing the national interest? As a nation, is our moral obligation to restore government transparency and accountability?
Presented in partnership with Asylum Insight.
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