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Human Error

Man v machine: overcoming human error in the workplace

In 2015, businesses across the world spent an estimated $75 billion on cyber security. But what do you imagine was the leading cause of data breaches? Perhaps hacking, or malware? Maybe it was even a raft of insecure networks? No, it was human error

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Forced seduction: problematic rape scenes persist in Thai soap operas

In Thai soap operas, rape is routinely depicted as a precursor to romance, with female protagonists shown falling in love with their rapists. But, led by an outraged viewer, the country’s television industry is starting to examine its normalisation of sexual violence

In Thai soap operas, rape is routinely depicted as a precursor to romance, with female protagonists shown falling in love with their rapists. But, led…

A young member of the village community takes part in the Ngerebeg procession
The colourful Balinese festival where little monsters run wild

With their faces and upper torsos painted in bright colours to resemble the supernatural beings and demons of Balinese imagination, the boys of Tegelalang are difficult to ignore as they partake in Ngerebeg. And that is exactly the point. Held every six months in the village situated ten kilometres north of Ubud, the ritual sees […]

With their faces and upper torsos painted in bright colours to resemble the supernatural beings and demons of Balinese imagination, the boys of Tegela…

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A tourist walks past a ‘’No Pokemon Game Here!’’ sign at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh. Survivors of the Khmer Rouge regime reacted angrily when it was revealed that the notorious security prison, also known as S-21, had become a meeting point for Pokémon players.
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