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Government wants NBN Co ready for potential break-up

The government has no plans to disaggregate NBN Co but will direct the company rolling out the National Broadband Network to implement a number of measures that will give future governments the ability to more easily split the organisation into independent businesses.

By Rohan Pearce | 11 December, 2014 13:36

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

Site blocking 'unlikely to be an effective' in piracy fight: Labor

Labor's communications spokesperson, Jason Clare, claims the anti-piracy measures announced yesterday by the government have "passed the buck back to industry".

By Rohan Pearce | 11 December, 2014 09:04

Tags: copyright, piracy

Praise, criticism for government's copyright proposals

The federal government today revealed a handful of proposals aimed at quelling Internet piracy in Australia.

By Rohan Pearce | 10 December, 2014 17:22

Tags: copyright, piracy, copyright infringement

Copyright clampdown: Scheme to block pirate websites 'open to abuse'

Despite government assurances, an anti-piracy scheme that will in some circumstances force ISPs to block access to websites could potentially censor unrelated material, according to intellectual property academic Dr Matthew Rimmer.

By Rohan Pearce | 10 December, 2014 16:29

Tags: copyright, piracy

Government will force ISPs to block websites in piracy fight

As part of its crackdown on unauthorised downloading of copyright material, the government will push ahead with the introduction of a scheme that will allow rights holders to apply for court orders to force ISPs to block websites.

By Rohan Pearce | 10 December, 2014 14:30

Tags: copyright

In brief: Telstra invests in BPM software firm

Telstra has invested in software company Panviva. Panviva is a Melbourne-headquartered company that produces business process management software.

By Rohan Pearce | 10 December, 2014 08:00

Tags: Business Process Management, business process

Pirates pay for content, Choice survey finds

People who engage in regular unauthorised downloading of copyright material are also more likely to pay for online and offline content than Australians who don't engage in piracy, according to a new survey by consumer advocacy group Choice.

By Rohan Pearce | 09 December, 2014 11:04

Tags: copyright

In brief: Westpac adds fingerprint sign-in for mobile app

A new version of Westpac's 'Westpac Live' mobile app will allow customers to log in using their fingerprint on a range of Android and iOS devices, the bank announced today.

By Rohan Pearce | 05 December, 2014 12:09

Tags: Westpac, security, smartphones, mobile banking, biometrics, mobile

NBN Co to deliver early Christmas present for Coalition

NBN Co's chief financial officer, Stephen Rue, has told the Senate's NBN committee that the company hopes to complete negotiations with Telstra over the telco's copper network within "the next couple of weeks".

By Rohan Pearce | 05 December, 2014 11:17

Tags: Stephen Conroy, Networking, nbn co, National Broadband Network (NBN), national broadband network, broadband

ACC investigates criminals' use of Bitcoin

The Australian Crime Commission has revealed the existence of an operation to monitor the use of digital currencies including BitCoin by criminals.

By Rohan Pearce | 04 December, 2014 11:03

Tags: digital currency, Australian Crime Commission, Bitcoin

Law Council opposes data retention scheme

The Law Council of Australia has come out swinging against the government's proposed mandatory data retention regime, describing it as not "reasonable, necessary and proportionate".

By Rohan Pearce | 03 December, 2014 15:36

Tags: data retention, data retention plan, privacy

Government cracks down on social networks

The government has introduced a bill to establish a 'Children's e-Safety Commissioner' to spearhead initiatives targeting online bullying.

By Rohan Pearce | 03 December, 2014 12:55

Tags: censorship, social networking, social networks

ASIC fronts website-blocking inquiry

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has appeared before a parliamentary inquiry into the use by government agencies of Subsection 313(3) of the Telecommunications Act 1997 to block Australian Internet users' access to websites engaged in illegal activities.

By Rohan Pearce | 03 December, 2014 11:40

Tags: section 313

MasterCard rails against Bitcoin's anonymity

MasterCard has used a submission to a Senate inquiry to argue for Australian regulators to move against the pseudonymity of digital currencies such as Bitcoin.

By Rohan Pearce | 02 December, 2014 10:45

Tags: digital currency, Bitcoin

'Relatively low' fiscal risk with Bitcoin in Australia: ATO

Although Bitcoin is the only crypto-currency with market strength in Australia, it still represents a "relatively low" fiscal risk according to the Australian Taxation Office.

By Rohan Pearce | 01 December, 2014 10:09

Tags: Australian Tax Office, Bitcoin

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