Stories by Rohan Pearce


Metadata retention no cause for alarm say ASIO, AFP

There's no need for the public and the press to get themselves overly excited about the government's proposal to introduce data retention legislation, according to ASIO's chief, director general David Irvine, and Australian Federal Police deputy commissioner Andrew Colvin.

By Rohan Pearce | 08 August, 2014 13:34

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

Data retention: Turnbull says government only wants your IP address

Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull says that proposed data retention laws would require Internet service providers to retain records of the IP address used by customers of their service — not the IP addresses of websites visited by customers.

By Rohan Pearce | 08 August, 2014 09:39

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

Atlassian explores Docker's potential

Software vendor Atlassian is experimenting with potential use cases for Docker, an open source project that provides Linux-based lightweight containerization as an alternative to fully fledged virtual machines.

By Rohan Pearce | 07 August, 2014 14:06

Tags: Docker, virtualization, Linux, atlassian, containers, containerization, virtualisation

Data retention's 'chilling effect' on free speech

Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson has warned that implementing mandatory data retention laws may deleterious effect on free speech in Australia.

By Rohan Pearce | 07 August, 2014 11:49

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

Abbott contradicts industry on data retention

Prime Minister Tony Abbott this morning contradicted representatives of the telecommunications and Internet service provider industries, saying that metadata related to individuals' Internet usage is already collected by ISPs.

By Rohan Pearce | 06 August, 2014 11:36

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

Telstra reveals private cloud offering

Telstra’s cloud chief, Erez Yarkoni, has announced the telco will deliver managed private cloud to customers via VCE’s Vblock.

By Rohan Pearce | 01 August, 2014 16:13

Tags: Cloud, cloud computing, Telstra

Woolworths sees future in hybrid cloud

Woolworths is using converged infrastructure as the foundation of a transition to private cloud, but the the ultimate destination will be a hybrid setup that leverages multiple public clouds, the supermarket chain’s infrastructure chief, Matt Chamley, today told the Sydney leg of EMC Forum 2014.

By Rohan Pearce | 01 August, 2014 14:27

Tags: hybrid cloud, Cloud, woolworths, cisco, Converged infrastructure, vBlock, cloud computing, private cloud, emc, software-defined-networking, Software Defined Network

Electoral commission cautions against rush to e-voting

The Australian Electoral Commission has cautioned a parliamentary inquiry about rushing to implement a federal electronic voting scheme.

By Rohan Pearce | 31 July, 2014 14:55

Tags: e-voting, Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), electronic voting

Cheers and jeers over anti-piracy laws

Federal government proposals to amend copyright laws have drawn support from rights holders and copyright organisations but some aspects of the enforcement regime outlined in a discussion paper released yesterday have raised concerns among ISPs and consumer advocates.

By Rohan Pearce | 31 July, 2014 13:02

Tags: George Brandis, copyright, iiNet, Malcom Turnbull, piracy

Attorney-General seeks public input on anti-piracy law changes

Attorney-General George Brandis and communications minister Malcolm Turnbull have opened a public consultation on changes to the enforcement of copyright law.

By Rohan Pearce | 30 July, 2014 15:40

Tags: copyright, piracy

Ericsson to operate NBN wireless, manage satellite migration

Ericsson Australia has won a four-year NBN Co contract to continue to operate the National Broadband Network fixed wireless service, as well as ground systems for the Long Term Satellite Service (LTSS).

By Rohan Pearce | 30 July, 2014 13:01

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

Consumer group decries government's anti-piracy plans

Consumer advocacy group Choice has criticised anti-piracy proposals contained in a leaked government discussion paper as likely to be ineffective and failing to deal with the root causes of unauthorised downloading of content.

By Rohan Pearce | 29 July, 2014 14:43

Tags: George Brandis, choice, copyright, iiNet, piracy

Data retention: Industry reiterates warning on costs

"You're going to the shops to get a litre of milk anyway, so it's no big deal to bring me the whole supermarket" — that's how iiNet's chief regulatory officer, Steve Dalby, today described government suggestions a mandatory data retention scheme would not impose significant burdens on telecommunications carriers.

By Rohan Pearce | 29 July, 2014 13:26

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

Government pushes website blocks to fight piracy

A leaked government discussion paper reveals a "very radical proposal for copyright law reform in Australia" according to intellectual property expert Dr Matthew Rimmer.

By Rohan Pearce | 25 July, 2014 16:27

Tags: bittorrent, George Brandis, copyright, iiNet, piracy

Turnbull warns ACCC against undermining Telstra NBN agreement

Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull and finance minister Mathias Cormann have warned the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission that cutting wholesale pricing for services over Telstra's copper network could negatively affect the National Broadband Network rollout.

By Rohan Pearce | 24 July, 2014 14:04

Tags: accc, national broadband network, National Broadband Network (NBN), Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, NBN, Telstra

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