The knowledge economy is a myth. We don’t need more universities to feed it
Writing in The Guardian, Andre Spicer argues that because most new jobs now do not require degree-level qualifications, encouraging more young people to graduate will create only debt and disappointment.
Newspaper death spiral gathers pace as global online giants take market share
Andrew Robertson writes in ABC News Online that Australian newspapers cannot escape the trend to online, and the plethora of challengers that are arriving as part of it.
Google unveils virtual assistant Home at Silicon Valley conference
ABC News Online reports that Google has unveiled a virtual home assistant device that will challenge rival Amazon Echo. Home was demonstrated answering homework questions, changing restaurant bookings, checking commute traffic, playing music selections, and more.
Be under no illusion: Malcolm Turnbull wants to destroy Australian literature
In response to the changes in intellectual property (IP) arrangements recommended by Australia’s Productivity Commission, Richard Flanagan asserts in The Guardian that “The government’s record drips with a contempt for writers and writing that leaves me in despair. The Liberals are a party of philistines.”
CAUL / ASA Fellowship 2016
The Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) and the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) have announced that applications are now open for 2016 CAUL and ASA Fellowships. The $10,000 fellowships are designed to showcase university libraries’ special collections. Applications close 14 June 2016.
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