Stories by Rohan Pearce


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

Fewer Australian govt requests for user data, Microsoft reports

Amid fierce debate about measures to force telcos to retain data and the sweeping expansion of ASIO's powers to access computer systems, software vendor Microsoft has reported a decline in the number of requests from Australian government agencies seeking to access user data.

By Rohan Pearce | 29 September, 2014 11:34

Tags: Microsoft, privacy

New ASIO laws an 'outrageous attack on press freedom': Union

The union representing journalists has described new national security laws passed last night by the Senate as an "outrageous attack on press freedom".

Vodafone plans to log what websites customers visit

Vodafone has revealed it is working a project that will record for up to 90 days what online services customers access.

Coalition, Labor back boost in ASIO's powers

Coalition and Labor senators have combined to pass the government's first tranche of national security legislation.

Senate rejects attempt to limit ASIO hacking powers

The Senate has rejected an attempt by the Greens to impose a limit on the number of devices that can be covered by a single computer access warrant obtained by ASIO.

By Rohan Pearce | 25 September, 2014 14:14

Tags: civil liberties, surveillance, security, ASIO

Website blocking scheme not a filter, Comms Dept says

Government agencies issuing notices under section 313(3) of the Telecommunications Act 1997 asking Internet services providers to block websites does not constitute "a policy of broad-based internet filtering", the Department of Communications has argued.

By Rohan Pearce | 24 September, 2014 14:22

Tags: censorship, civil liberties, section 313, internet filter, telecommunications act

TasWater archives to deal with data deluge

Tasmanian bulk water authority TasWater is implementing tiered storage to better manage its growing data volumes.

By Rohan Pearce | 23 September, 2014 13:04

Tags: disaster recovery, Archiving, storage, backup, back up

TPG revenue soars, ISP releases FTTB plan details

Internet service provider TPG has posted a 34 per cent increase in revenue for the financial year ending 31 July. The ISP reported revenue of $970.9 million and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of $363.7 million; up 24 per cent on the previous financial year.

By Rohan Pearce | 23 September, 2014 09:41

Tags: TPG, Networking, nbn co, national broadband network

Harper review recommends scrutiny of trade agreement IP clauses

The panel conducting a review of Australia competition policy landscape has recommended increased scrutiny of intellectual property-related clauses in trade agreements.

By Rohan Pearce | 22 September, 2014 13:14

Tags: copryright, intellectual property

ASIC opens up (some) data

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has made some of its data freely available from the federal government's open data repository,, the organisation has announced.

By Rohan Pearce | 19 September, 2014 14:11

Tags: ASIC, open data, Australian Securities and Investments Commission

Apple reports bump in data requests from Australian police

In the period 1 January to 30 June, requests from Australian law enforcement agencies for data from iCloud and iTunes accounts more than doubled compared to the preceding six month period, Apple has revealed.

By Rohan Pearce | 19 September, 2014 12:06

Tags: Apple, iCloud, security, iPhone, privacy, iTunes

AUSTRAC upgrades data capture systems to track terrorism financing

Australia's money laundering watchdog, the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre — AUSTRAC — will be boosting its IT systems using funding included in the $630 million counter-terrorism package announced by the government.

By Rohan Pearce | 19 September, 2014 10:30

Tags: digital currency, counter-terrorism financing, crime, terrorism, AUSTRAC, criminal activity, money laundering, Bitcoin

Local govt association boosts customer focus, knowledge management

The Local Government Association of Queensland is in the process of upgrading its CRM system and rolling out document management software as part of a customer-centric technology refresh.

By Rohan Pearce | 18 September, 2014 16:34

Tags: customer relationship management (CRM), Sharepoint, Case studies, crm, Dynamics, Case Study

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