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Publication type: Policy

Title: From secrecy to dignity: trust and policy implications of shifting attitudes to privacy

Author(s): Henschke, A,Young, R,Gould, M,Smith, H

Excerpt:

Key points:

  • The public typically trusts governments to protect personal data more than they trust the private sector. Social media companies are among the least trusted.
  • In response to changes in technologies, attitudes towards privacy are changing. A traditional focus on secrecy is giving way to a focus on control of information and maintaining dignity.
  • People are generally happy to share information, and for organisations to do more with the information they hold, provided this occurs in a way that maintains trust.

Date of publication: 2019

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National Security College

Publication type: Book Chapter

Title: The Red Flag Follows Trade: China's futures as an Indian Ocean power

Author(s): Brewster, D.

Excerpt:

China’s military presence in the IOR is likely to grow significantly in coming years, principally driven by the country’s expanding economic interests. But its military presence will also be limited. Achieving predominance in the IOR would be a major undertaking requiring decades of sustained expansion of military capabilities and local security partnerships. Instead, in the short to medium term, China’s military capabilities on land and at sea will principally reflect its imperatives to protect nationals and assets.

Date of publication: 2019

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Publication type: Early release

Title: Economic valuation of biodiversity in South Asia: The case of Dachigam National Park in Jammu and Kashmir (India)

Author(s): Bhat, Mohammad Younus and Bhatt, Mohammad Sultan

Excerpt:

Biodiversity needs our attention because humans receive a wide range of direct and indirect benefits. Valuation of biodiversity is important to establish the importance of use and non‐use values of biological resources and cost of ignoring them. Against this backdrop, the aim of this study is to capture the recreational value of the national park biodiversity while employing travel cost method.

Date of publication: 2018

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Publication type: Early release

Title: Understanding the spatial disparities and vulnerability of population aging in China

Author(s): Cheng, Yang; Gao, Siyao; Li, Shuai; Zhang, Yuchao and Rosenberg, Mark

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Understanding the regional pattern of population aging in China enables rational policy making to address the challenges of inequity in social welfare and care resources among the east–central–west regions and rural–urban areas of China. This study uses census data in 2000 and 2010, and aging population ratios, annual increase rates, and spatial autocorrelation analysis to examine spatial disparities in population aging in China. The results show that the population is more aged and aging more rapidly in rural areas than in urban areas.

Date of publication: 2018

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Journal of the Indian Ocean Region

Publication type: Journal Article

Title: Give light, and the darkness will disappear: *Australia’s quest for maritime domain awareness in the Indian Ocean

Author(s): David Brewster

Excerpt:

There is a growing understanding among maritime security practitioners of the importance of Maritime Domain Awareness(MDA) as an essential enabler of maritime security. This article describes Australia’s efforts to develop an integrated national MDA system that brings together data and intelligence from a range of military and civil agencies and commercial sources to which a risk-based assessment is applied. This has become an essential tool to combat transnational maritime security threats in the Indian Ocean and elsewhere.

Date of publication: 2018

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Publication type: Early release

Title: The impact of the economic crisis on micro, small, and medium enterprises and their crisis mitigation measures in Southeast Asia with reference to Indonesia

Author(s): Tambunan, Tulus T. H.

Excerpt:

The literature on the impact of the economic crisis on micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and how they deal with it is still limited. Focusing on the 1997–1998 Asian financial crisis and the 2008–2009 global financial crisis, this study aims to fill this gap. There are two key questions: how these two economic crises have affected MSMEs and what were then their crisis mitigation (CM) measures. To answer these questions, this study reviews experiences in several countries in Southeast Asia with the impacts of these two crises on MSMEs and their responses to the crises.

Date of publication: 2018

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Publication type: Early release

Title: Three turns in the evolution of China–Russia presidential pseudo‐alliance

Author(s): Baev, Pavel K.

Excerpt:

The unique quality of relations between Russia and China cannot be captured by the term “partnership,” but the development of high‐level ties does not signify a process of alliance building. The two states stand, in geopolitical terms, back‐to‐back to each other, as Russia gives priority attention to the confrontation on its Western theatre and China focuses of security matters in East Asia and trade relations with the United States. The China–Russia presidential pseudo‐alliance has experienced at least three major turns in its development since the middle of this decade.

Date of publication: 2018

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Australian Journal of International Affairs

Publication type: Journal Article

Title: Australia and China: understanding the reality check

Author(s): Rory Medcalf

Excerpt:

Where are Australia-China relations headed?

After national controversies over foreign influence and interference, Australia has changed the way it engages with China. Professor Rory Medcalf takes us through the causes and consequences of this reality check, and dispels seven myths in the national debate on China. He examines how Canberra can move relations with Beijing forward under the new normal that has been established.

Date of publication: 2018

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