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Chris Berg

Chris Berg

Postdoctoral fellow, RMIT University

Chris Berg is a Postdoctoral Fellow at RMIT University, a Senior Fellow with the Institute of Public Affairs, and an Academic Fellow with the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance.

Blockchain Revolution Series

KodakOne could be the start of a new kind of intellectual property

Jan 12, 2018 05:57 am UTC| Insights & Views Technology

Its easy to be a bit amused about Kodaks new blockchain and cryptocurrency, the KodakOne. The old photography company is the classic case of a firm that failed to keep up with technological change. But now Kodak is...

Digital Currency Revolution

Bitcoin investors should be taxed like any other investor

Sep 25, 2017 07:20 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy Law Digital Currency

Despite its name, cryptocurrency isnt just money. It could also be debt or equity and so it should be regulated and taxed in the same way as other finance. The tokens investors get when they buy a cryptocurrency, like...

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Economy

Renminbi Series: China’s impossible trilemma returns to haunt

Impossible Trinity/Trilemma is an economic concept which suggests that a country cant all the three following at the same time; a fixed foreign exchange rate, free capital movement, and an independent monetary policy. And...

U.S. 2-year Treasury yield overtakes Tuesday’s high following hawkish comments from Fed Chair Powell

The U.S. 2-year Treasury yield on Wednesday, broke yesterdays high of 2.619 percent, albeit remaining flat at the time of writing, reaching a days high of 2.624 percent. In the overnight session, bond yields experienced a...

UK 10-year gilt yield slumps to 1-1/2 month low after June consumer inflation fails to meet market expectations

The United Kingdoms 10-year gilt yield slumped to 1-1/2 month low during European session Wednesday after the countrys consumer price inflation (CPI) for the month of June failed to meet market expectations. Investors will...

U.S.’ net foreign demand for long-term securities weakens in May; impact of trade rhetoric to watch out for

The United States net foreign purchases of long-term securities slowed in May, although foreign private institutions are still willing buyers of U.S. Treasury and corporate debt. Foreign official institutions remained net...

U.S. under Trump Series: U.S. services could fall victim of trade war

Despite market optimism being reflected through the stock market rise, the trade war initiated by the U.S. President Donald Trump continues under the rug. Since President Trump announced 25 percent tariffs on all steel...

Politics

Poland's judicial purge another step toward authoritarian democracy

Since the elections of 2015, Poland has been ruled by the Law and Justice Party (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość, or PiS), a far-right nationalist group that has transformed the country beyond recognition. Poland had once been...

Arrest and release of Somaliland poet puts spotlight on regional troubles

Poets, writers and bloggers have recently been on the receiving end of political crackdowns in the self-declared independent state of Somaliland. Surges often occur around elections, and most recently due to assertive...

The Murri Book Club and the politics of reading for Indigenous Australians

Although the 2018 Closing the Gap report on Indigenous disadvantage highlighted the importance of literacy for Indigenous Australians, progress remains slow. But, while reading is widely considered an unmitigated good and...

Brexiteers outmanoeuvred at Chequers as Theresa May corrals her cabinet to agree Brexit plan

On his first visit to the prime ministers country retreat at Chequers, the Liberal Democrat minister David Laws was reminded of the setting for an Agatha Christie film, where most of the guests would be murdered. Six years...

Is Indonesia retreating from democracy?

This is an edited extract from Tim Lindseys essay Retreat from Democracy, which appears in Australian Foreign Affairs #3, published 9 July. For much of the past 20 years, Indonesia has been held up as a model of...

Science

Long live the Europe of scientists!

This article is published as part of the EuroScience Open Festival (ESOF), of which The Conversation France is a partner. Since its inception, the European project has benefitted citizens from all walks of life in every...

Discovering dopamine's role in the brain: Arvid Carlsson's important legacy

Arvid Carlsson, the Swedish neuroscientist and Nobel laureate, died on June 29, 2018 at the age of 95. He had devoted his life to understanding how the brain works and was awarded the Nobel for his research into dopamine ...

How Novichok is different from radioactive poisons – and what this means for decontamination

A man and a woman were found unconscious in Wiltshire, England, on July, after having been exposed to the nerve agent Novichok. This is the same substance that was used to poison the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and...

We need a bank of DNA from dirt and water to protect Australia's environment

Measuring biodiversity used to mean laboriously collecting samples and manually identifying the plants, animals and fungi. This might involve careful inspection under a microscope to spot identifying features. This takes a...

Curious Kids: Where do black holes lead to?

This is an article from Curious Kids, a series for children. The Conversation is asking kids to send in questions theyd like an expert to answer. All questions are welcome serious, weird or wacky! You might also like...

Technology

IBM Partners with Stronghold to Deliver Stable Coin Backed by FDIC Dollars

IBM recently dived into the cryptocurrency movement as well, backing stable coin Stronghold USD, which currently holds Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation-insured U.S. Dollars. IBMs partner, Stronghold, was able to...

Bitcoin’s Value Up by $600 in Just 30 Minutes; Cryptocurrency Now Trading Above $7,000

Bitcoin has now broken free of the bearish trend that kept it below $7,000 in recent weeks. The leading cryptocurrency in the world exploded today as its value shot up by $600 in just 30 minutes, Coindesk reported. This...

'PUBG' Latest News and Updates: Much-Requested Custom Matches Finally Getting an Open Beta

In an update on Steam, Player Unknowns Battlegrounds (PUBG) has released information about an upcoming feature which allows players to now create their own custom matches. As of this articles posting, the new custom...

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 Release Date, Specs: LTE-Enabled Tablet Appears in Chinese Regulatory Filing; Other Features Leaked

More clues hint that the South Korean electronics giant is working on releasing the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 this year. Recently, a regulatory filing supposedly for the said tablet was spotted while another report revealed...

Binance Successfully Compensates Users After Syscoin Incident

Binance, the largest crypto exchange firm in the world by trading volume, announced that it has now successfully transferred the rebates that it promised its users, Etherum World News reported. The compensation was due to...
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