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Labor, Coalition MPs back two-year data retention regime

The eagerly anticipated report of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security data retention inquiry was released this afternoon.

By Rohan Pearce | 27 February, 2015 15:58

Tags: civil liberties, data retention, data retention plan, privacy

Still time to speak up about data retention bill, Internet Society says

The Internet Society of Australia has warned that the rush to implement a data retention regime could potentially damage Australia's economy.

By Rohan Pearce | 27 February, 2015 14:07

Tags: civil liberties, data retention, data retention plan, privacy

Kennards Hire cuts cost with VoIP deployment

Kennards Hire is expecting to cut maintenance costs by ditching individual PABXs at more than 140 sites across Australia and New Zealand.

By Rohan Pearce | 27 February, 2015 12:31

Tags: Essential Data + Voice, Fortinet, voice over IP, voip, Case studies, security, Kennards Hire, EDV, Case Study

Labor set to back data retention regime

The government's controversial data retention legislation will be debated in parliament next week, with Labor reportedly set to back the scheme to force telecommunications providers to keep customer data for 24 months.

By Rohan Pearce | 27 February, 2015 10:09

Tags: data retention, data retention plan, privacy

Choice campaigns against 'Hollywood horror film' copyright code

Advocacy group Choice has launched a campaign to push for more protections for consumers in the impending copyright enforcement code for Internet service providers.

By Rohan Pearce | 26 February, 2015 13:49

Tags: choice, Malcolm Turnbull, copyright, Communications Alliance, Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN), piracy

NBN Co talks up potential of HFC, wireless

NBN Co has talked up a planned increase to the maximum speed offered on the fixed wireless component of the National Broadband Network and the potential of the company's HFC network to hit gigabit speeds.

By Rohan Pearce | 26 February, 2015 13:05

Tags: Bill Morrow, National Broadband Network (NBN), nbn co, national broadband network

NBN Co CEO bullish on network's progress

NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow this morning said he was "incredibly excited" by the government-owned company's half-year results.

By Rohan Pearce | 26 February, 2015 12:16

Tags: Bill Morrow, National Broadband Network (NBN), nbn co, national broadband network

iiDallas: Has the ISP copyright code failed before it has begun?

Alleged loopholes in the proposed copyright enforcement code for ISPs justify Dallas Buyers Club LLC proceeding with its attempt to unearth the personal details of Internet service providers' customers, lawyers representing the rights holder for the 2013 movie Dallas Buyers Club argued in court this morning.

By Rohan Pearce | 25 February, 2015 14:16

Tags: copyright, Dallas Buyers Club, iiNet

In brief: NSW Police launch mobile pilot

NSW Police today announced the force was deploying 500 smartphones as part of a pilot program.

By Rohan Pearce | 23 February, 2015 14:33

Tags: mobile phones, smartphones

Snowden factor: Report laments exposure of mass surveillance schemes

A government review of Australia's counter-terrorism strategies claims that whistleblower Edward Snowden's efforts to expose the mass surveillance operations conducted by the US National Security Agency and its 'Five Eyes' allies, which include Australia, have made "the task of maintaining a technological ‘edge’ over terrorists more difficult".

By Rohan Pearce | 23 February, 2015 12:00

Tags: data retention, data retention plan

Abbott slammed over data retention cost comments

A group that represents Australia's mobile telecommunications sector has criticised comments by Prime Minister Tony Abbott about the cost of implementing a data retention regime.

By Rohan Pearce | 20 February, 2015 16:58

Tags: Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA), civil liberties, AMTA, Tony Abbott, Chris Althaus, data retention, data retention plan

In brief: Government adds service providers to cloud panel

Another nine service providers have been added to the government's cloud panel.

By Rohan Pearce | 20 February, 2015 16:26

Tags: Cloud, cloud computing, government

ISPs unveil draft anti-piracy scheme

Under a draft industry code of practice unveiled today by telco group Communications Alliance, ISP customers will be issued with a series of warning notices in response to alleged online copyright infringement.

By Rohan Pearce | 20 February, 2015 15:09

Tags: copryright, australian communications consumer action network, Malcolm Turnbull, George Brandis, Communications Alliance, piracy, copyright infringement

Turnbull pays tribute to Thodey

Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull has lauded Telstra CEO David Thodey as a "thought leader and skilled executive".

By Rohan Pearce | 20 February, 2015 13:44

Tags: Malcolm Turnbull, David Thodey, national broadband network, Telecommunications, Telstra, NBN

Brandis launches $18m 'real time' social media monitoring project

Attorney-General George Brandis this morning announced the government would spend $18 million on a program to monitor and censor "the lies and propaganda terrorist groups are promulgating online to gain support and sympathy from vulnerable young Australians".

By Rohan Pearce | 20 February, 2015 12:18

Tags: censorship, George Brandis, social media

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