Stories by Rohan Pearce


Team takes out hackathon with hi-tech safety gear for cyclists

Team NIGHTRIDER has won the Melbourne leg of PayPal's 24-hour hackathon, BattleHack.

By Rohan Pearce | 02 February, 2015 16:46

Tags: Hackathons

Foxtel-style 'triple plays' offer improved margins

Pay TV provider Foxtel has entered the broadband market, this morning announcing details of long-anticipated 'triple play' bundles that combine Internet access, Foxtel TV and a home phone service.

By Rohan Pearce | 02 February, 2015 16:25

Tags: foxtel, Telstra

Abbott pushes data retention in Press Club address

The government's counter-terrorism efforts and its plan to implement a controversial mandatory data retention scheme made the cut in Prime Minister Tony Abbott's highly anticipated National Press Club address.

By Rohan Pearce | 02 February, 2015 14:00

Tags: data retention, privacy

iiNet appoints new CFO

Internet service provider iiNet has appointed a new chief financial officer.

By Rohan Pearce | 02 February, 2015 10:53

Tags: iiNet

PayPal’s BattleHack comes to Australia for a second time

Over the weekend Melbourne’s Plaza Ballroom will play host to the Australian leg of BattleHack, PayPal’s global hackathon.

By Rohan Pearce | 30 January, 2015 18:59

Tags: Development, innovation, developers, paypal, Hackathons

Data retention inquiry kept in the dark on costs

The parliamentary committee charged with scrutinising the government’s data retention legislation is unlikely to gain access to the most detailed attempt to assess the cost of the scheme.

By Rohan Pearce | 30 January, 2015 16:40

Tags: civil liberties, data retention, data retention plan, privacy

Data retention to involve 'petabytes of data' for Vodafone

Recording data that will allow IP addresses to be matched to individual customers will involve Vodafone storing petabytes of information it would otherwise be unlikely to keep, the telco has said.

By Rohan Pearce | 30 January, 2015 11:14

Tags: civil liberties, storage, security, Vodafone, data retention, privacy, Telstra

MediaHub prepares for 10 petabyte future

Although Hadoop is perhaps best known for underpinning big data-based analytics projects, Sydney-based MediaHub is using the open source project's distributed storage capabilities to deliver resilience and scalability for a mammoth — and growing — archive of broadcast video.

By Rohan Pearce | 28 January, 2015 16:25

Tags: MediaHub, storage, hadoop, big data, MapR

Data retention: Two years too long to keep IP addresses, says Vodafone

Telecommunications providers shouldn't be forced to retain the IP addresses assigned to their customers for 24 months, Vodafone has argued.

By Rohan Pearce | 28 January, 2015 10:59

Tags: civil liberties, Vodafone, data retention, Telecommunications, privacy

Data retention: Journalists decry 'Stasi‐like surveillance state'

The union representing journalists and a group of 12 news organisations have expressed alarm at elements of the government's proposed mandatory data retention scheme, with the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) recommending that the bill be ditched altogether.

By Rohan Pearce | 27 January, 2015 15:25

Tags: civil liberties, George Brandis, data retention, privacy

Telstra no better off under HFC transition plan, government says

The government has rejected claims that Telstra could unfairly benefit from NBN Co construction work on the telco's HFC network.

By Rohan Pearce | 27 January, 2015 12:37

Tags: hfc, Networking, Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC), nbn co, National Broadband Network (NBN), national broadband network, Telecommunications, Telstra, NBN

Government gets startup fever with 'Digital Transformation Office'

A new group within the Department of Communications will be tasked with developing and co-ordinating digitally delivered government services. One of the first tasks of the 'Digital Transformation Office' will be establishing a single sign-on for accessing government services.

By Rohan Pearce | 23 January, 2015 15:36

Tags: Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull, digital transformation, government, myGov

Data retention: Telstra predicts metadata will surface in lawsuits

Telstra is expecting the metadata telcos will be forced to collect under the government's mandatory data retention scheme will be used in civil litigation, raising the possibility of it being used in cases such as copyright infringement lawsuits or family law disputes.

By Rohan Pearce | 23 January, 2015 10:55

Tags: data retention, optus, Telstra, Telecommunications, privacy

Ditch data retention bill, lawyers argue

The federal government's mandatory data retention bill should be dumped, according to the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV).

By Rohan Pearce | 22 January, 2015 13:53

Tags: civil liberties, data retention, privacy

ACS pushes for digital focus in Queensland election

The Queensland branch of the Australian Computer Society has called for the creation of a digital economy ministry and a digital ministerial advisory council in the state.

By Rohan Pearce | 21 January, 2015 11:44

Tags: Digital Photo Frames, australian computer society (ACS), australian computer society, queensland

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