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Data retention 'under active consideration': Brandis

Attorney-General George Brandis has confirmed that the government is still mulling introducing mandatory data retention for telcos, but it will not be included in the first tranche of national security-related legislation being introduced in parliament today.

By Rohan Pearce | 16 July, 2014 15:40

Tags: civil liberties, surveillance, security, ASIO, data retention, hacking, privacy

Cloud, open source power TransLink's Web presence

It was an aging bespoke application that drove TransLink to seek a new content management system, but it was the strength of the community surrounding the open source project that helped the Queensland public transport agency choose Drupal.

By Rohan Pearce | 16 July, 2014 15:01

Tags: open source, content management, content managment system, drupal, TransLink

Electoral Commission bucks Senate on voting source code

The Australian Electoral Commission has refused a Senate order to reveal the underlying source code of the EasyCount software used to tabulate votes in upper house elections.

By Rohan Pearce | 16 July, 2014 08:31

Tags: elections, Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), open source, security

Concern over copyright 'super powers' in free trade agreement

The Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement grants "super powers" to intellectual property owners, according to IP expert Dr Matthew Rimmer, an associate professor at the ANU College of Law and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow.

By Rohan Pearce | 14 July, 2014 16:27

Tags: patents, Matthew Rimmer, free trade agreement, korea, copyright, free trade, intellectual property, Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement, copyright infringement

NBN: Lengthy wait for outcomes of FTTB, FTTN trials

The outcomes of NBN Co's trials of fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) technology will shape the future of the National Broadband Network rollout, but what exactly those outcomes are won't be known for quite some time, according to the government-owned company's CEO.

By Rohan Pearce | 11 July, 2014 16:03

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

MyNetFone picks up iBoss platform

VoIP provider MyNetFone will pay to $1.4 million to pick up iBoss, the billing and provisioning platform of defunct wholesaler ispONE.

By Rohan Pearce | 10 July, 2014 16:04

Tags: ispONE, iboss, mynetfone

New Zealand ISP lets customers 'buy broadband with Bitcoin'

New Zealand ISP Slingshot has announced it will allow customers to pay for its services using Bitcoin. The ISP believes it is the largest NZ company to accept the crypto-currency.

By Rohan Pearce | 10 July, 2014 15:18

Tags: Exetel, ISP, slingshot, Bitcoin

Senate to reveal voting code, whether the AEC likes it or not

The Senate today passed a motion requiring the release of the source code for software that is used to count votes in upper house elections.

By Rohan Pearce | 10 July, 2014 14:29

Tags: Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), senate, Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, Lee Rhiannon, source code, freedom of information

NBN FTTN's power bill: $89m a year?

The Coalition government's decision to switch the fixed line element of the National Broadband Network from being primarily fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) to a mix of technologies, notably fibre-to-the-node for brownfields premises, has not been without its critics.

By Rohan Pearce | 10 July, 2014 12:54

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

Open data: Government launches 'National Map' for geospatial data

The federal government has launched an online map of Australia that allows users to overlay geospatial datasets made available by agencies.

By Rohan Pearce | 09 July, 2014 13:58

Tags: GovHack, geospatial, geospatial data, open data

APX-West and APX-Central slated to land at NextDC's P1

NextDC's Perth data centre, P1, will be the landing station for the APX-West and APX-Central cables under a plan unveiled today by SubPartners.

By Rohan Pearce | 09 July, 2014 09:51

Tags: SubPartners, Bevan Slattery, NextDC

MyNetFone charts course in app-dominated world

The future of voice communications may be in 'over the top' applications, but there's life yet in the humble phone number according to the CEO of VoIP provider MyNetFone. Phone numbers "are this invisible glue that everyone takes for granted," Rene Sugo says.

By Rohan Pearce | 08 July, 2014 12:49

Tags: apps, voice over IP, telecoms, Networking, Telco, mynetfone, cloud computing, Telecommunications, skype, voip, Cloud, Rene Sugo, mobile phones, smartphones

Open data: OAIC publishes Freedom of Information stats

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has made Freedom of Information statistics available in a machine-readable format, the federal agency revealed today.

By Rohan Pearce | 07 July, 2014 14:20

Tags: Office of the Information Commissioner, data, open data, freedom of information

Choice lauds NZ ISP's anti-geo-blocking service

Australian consumer advocacy group Choice has welcomed an announcement by New Zealand Internet service provider Slingshot of a service that makes it easier to access overseas streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and BBC iPlayer.

By Rohan Pearce | 07 July, 2014 13:14

Tags: geoblocking, Hulu, geo-blocking, netflix

Bigcommerce wins as Magento kills SMB offerings

eBay subsidiary Magento will close down its Magento Go and ProStores platforms that provide online storefronts for small and medium businesses.

By Rohan Pearce | 02 July, 2014 10:32

Tags: Bigcommerce, Magento, startups, e-commerce, ebay

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