Stories by Rohan Pearce


NBN: Is your suburb getting FTTN?

NBN Co has published details of suburbs set to receive fibre-to-the-node services as part of the company's test deployment of FTTN technology.

By Rohan Pearce | 20 October, 2014 10:24

Tags: FTTN, fibre to the node, national broadband network, National Broadband Network (NBN), nbn co, fibre to the node (FTTN), NBN, broadband

Australia backs copyright crackdown in TPP

Leaked details of Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) negotiations reveal that Australia is pushing an approach to copyright enforcement in the region that appears to ignore broader public interest concerns in favour of the supporting rights owners.

By Rohan Pearce | 17 October, 2014 14:20

Tags: intellectual property, copyright, Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Pacnet builds on OpenStack for NFV

Adding support for network functions virtualization (NFV) to its network-as-a-service platform meant that Pacnet had to delve into OpenStack's source code and modify Neutron — the open source cloud computing project's networking component.

By Rohan Pearce | 16 October, 2014 14:19

Tags: pacnet, open source, Cloud, Networking, cloud computing, OpenStack

Warm response to funding for coding education

The government will spend $12 million improving STEM education in primary and secondary schools as part of its 'Competitiveness Agenda', which also includes changes to how employee share options are taxed.

By Rohan Pearce | 15 October, 2014 13:02

Tags: education

$27 a month: Turnbull sets out rules to counter TPG FTTB threat to NBN

Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull has published the draft licence condition for telcos that want to roll out infrastructure that competes with the National Broadband Network.

By Rohan Pearce | 15 October, 2014 11:35

Tags: Malcolm Turnbull, TPG, national broadband network, National Broadband Network (NBN)

Cloud technologies to help ABC find savings, says Mark Scott

The use of cloud-based technologies to deliver content is one area that ABC can expect to find future savings, the public broadcaster’s managing director, Mark Scott, said in a speech delivered last night.

By Rohan Pearce | 14 October, 2014 08:51

Tags: abc, Cloud, mark scott, cloud computing

Curriculum review falls short on ICT, says ACS

The Australian Computer Society hit out at a recommendation of the government-commissioned review of the Australian school curriculum that the 'technologies' subject should be introduced at Year 9 as an elective for students.

By Rohan Pearce | 13 October, 2014 13:18

Tags: education, australian computer society

Data retention: iiNet slams 'mass surveillance'

Internet service provider iiNet has again condemned the government's proposed data retention scheme as "mass surveillance". In a response to a government consultation paper on the scheme, the ISP also takes issue with what it describes as ambiguity regarding the data that telcos would have to retain.

By Rohan Pearce | 09 October, 2014 13:20

Tags: civil liberties, surveillance, security, data retention, iiNet, privacy

In brief: IP Australia releases opens patent, trademark data

IP Australia, the government agency that processes trademark and patent applications, has released a range of datasets related to intellectual property rights.

By Rohan Pearce | 09 October, 2014 10:19

Tags: open data

Government policy mandates 'cloud first' for agencies

Government agencies must adopt cloud where it is "fit for purpose, provides adequate protection of data and delivers value for money" when obtaining new ICT services or replacing existing services under an updated cloud computing policy released yesterday.

By Rohan Pearce | 09 October, 2014 08:30

Tags: Cloud, government, cloud computing

Wikileaks accuses intelligence watchdog of misleading Senate inquiry

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has accused an Australian government agency of giving misleading evidence to a parliamentary inquiry.

By Rohan Pearce | 02 October, 2014 10:27

Tags: Julian Assange, wikileaks

No break-up of NBN Co – yet: Turnbull

The government has indicated in its initial response to the third Vertigan panel report, which was released last night and includes an assessment of competition settings for the telco market, that it has no short-term plans to break up NBN Co.

By Rohan Pearce | 02 October, 2014 07:41

Tags: Malcolm Turnbull, Networking, national broadband network, National Broadband Network (NBN), nbn co, broadband

Brandis denies ‘overreach’ on national security laws

Attorney-general George Brandis has said that the government has not overreached with its national security laws and that it has crafted an “appropriate legislative response to the current threat” of terrorism

By Rohan Pearce | 01 October, 2014 14:40

Tags: data rentention, George Brandis, ASIO, privacy, hacking

Greens seek to limit ASIO hacking powers

Greens MP Adam Bandt will be seeking to amend a number of controversial provisions in the National Security Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2014, including a measure that could potentially allow ASIO to monitor an unlimited number of devices using a single computer access warrant

By Rohan Pearce | 30 September, 2014 16:46

Tags: civil liberties, ASIO

First wave of .melbourne domain names go live tomorrow

The first collection of second-level domains using the new .melboune top-level domain will be live on the Internet from tomorrow.

By Rohan Pearce | 30 September, 2014 13:52

Tags: domain, gTLD, domain names

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