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Section 313: iiNet, industry orgs seek limits on website blocking

Internet service provider iiNet, the Internet Society of Australia (ISOC-AU) and industry bodies the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) and the Communications Alliance have all called for restrictions on the government agencies that can issue requests for ISPs to block websites.

By Rohan Pearce | 28 August, 2014 13:40

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

Senate extends telecommunications interception inquiry

The Senate has voted to extend the reporting deadline of the inquiry into reform of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979. The inquiry, chaired by Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, had been due to table its final report last night.

By Rohan Pearce | 28 August, 2014 08:40

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

Brandis mum on data retention cost

Attorney-General George Brandis has reiterated the government's intention to introduce a mandatory data retention regime but failed to answer a query by Greens Senator Scott Ludlam on what the cost of such a scheme is likely to be.

By Rohan Pearce | 27 August, 2014 15:26

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

Telstra hits back over bandwidth pricing claims

A Telstra spokesperson has condemned as "factually incorrect" claims about the telco's transit pricing made by DDoS protection and CDN provider CloudFlare.

By Rohan Pearce | 27 August, 2014 13:31

Tags: Networking, CloudFlare, Telstra

ASIC reveals depth of ignorance over website blocking debacle

Teams at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission that employed section 313(3) of the Telecommunications Act 1997 to force Internet service providers to block access to websites "were not aware that a single IP address can host multiple websites," the financial watchdog has revealed.

By Rohan Pearce | 27 August, 2014 13:10

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

NBN: Labor condemns 'flawed' Vertigan panel report

The shadow minister for communications, Blaxland MP Jason Clare, has condemned the cost-benefit analysis of the National Broadband Network commissioned by the government as "flawed" and "not independent".

By Rohan Pearce | 27 August, 2014 08:24

Tags: Networking, national broadband network, broadband

In brief: Telstra to switch on 700MHz 4G in Sydney, Adelaide

Telstra will offer 700MHz 4G services in portions of Sydney and Adelaide next month, the telco announced today.

By Rohan Pearce | 26 August, 2014 17:06

Tags: 4g, Telstra

Some light shed on scope of data retention regime

Industry peak body, the Communications Alliance, says it is working with the government to “provide greater clarity and precision to a government proposal for a data retention regime”.

By Rohan Pearce | 26 August, 2014 14:40

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

Coalition move to disband Senate’s NBN committee deferred (again)

A motion by Liberal Party Senator Cory Bernardi to disband the Senate's National Broadband Network committee has been postponed for a third time.

By Rohan Pearce | 26 August, 2014 12:14

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

End in sight for servers at St Luke’s

Chances are that the server room at St Luke's Anglican School in Bundaberg, Queensland, is approaching the end of its life according to Mitch Miller.

By Rohan Pearce | 25 August, 2014 14:13

Tags: Amazon Web Services, Cloud, Case studies, cloud computing, Case Study

NextDC's 'pivotal year'

The 2014 financial year was "a pivotal year in NextDC's short history" which has reached a "critical inflection point" according to the data centre provider's CEO, Craig Scroggie.

By Rohan Pearce | 25 August, 2014 11:03

Tags: Craig Scroggie, data centres, Data Centre, NextDC, Data Center

NBN end users approach 100Mbps with FTTN

One of the first end users to be connected as part of NBN Co's trial of fibre-to-the-node technology has hit download speeds of 96 megabits per second and upload speeds of 30Mbps, the company charged with rolling out the National Broadband Network revealed today.

By Rohan Pearce | 22 August, 2014 09:31

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

Cloud computing: Potential, pitfalls for people with disabilities

Cloud computing can help empower people with disabilities by offering increased independence and opportunities to participate in the workforce, according to a new report.

By Rohan Pearce | 22 August, 2014 08:00

Tags: accessibility, cloud computing

ATO sets out treatment of Bitcoin

Businesses that "supply Bitcoin" must "charge GST when they supply bitcoin and may be subject to GST when receiving bitcoin in return for goods and services" according to guidance on treatment of the crypto-currency issued today by the Australian Taxation Office.

By Rohan Pearce | 20 August, 2014 14:26

Tags: Bitcoin

Free trade provisions could hamper action on IT pricing

A class of provisions in free trade agreements that allow foreign investors to take legal action over government decisions they consider detrimental to their interests could hamper future action on excessive pricing of IT products in Australia, an ANU academic has warned.

By Rohan Pearce | 19 August, 2014 12:18

Tags: IT pricing inquiry, free trade agreement, free trade

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