Stories by Rohan Pearce


Unis fear copyright lawsuits

A government proposal to "clarify" whether Internet service providers can be considered to have authorised online copyright infringement by their customers has alarmed universities.

By Rohan Pearce | 10 September, 2014 16:47

Tags: copyright, piracy

Copyright conflict: Who pays still a sticking point for rights holders, ISPs

Who would pay for a regime that targets customers of Internet service providers accused of breaching copyright is still a point of contention between rights holders and ISPs, judging from a public forum hosted in Sydney last night by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

By Rohan Pearce | 10 September, 2014 13:30

Tags: bittorrent, copyright, iiNet, piracy

Website blocking ineffective, dangerous in piracy fight: Google

If the government introduces a system that allows rights holders to force ISPs to block access to piracy websites, more ASIC-style debacles are likely to occur, Google has warned.

By Rohan Pearce | 09 September, 2014 12:57

Tags: copyright, piracy

Bureau of Meteorology's new supercomputer inches closer

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a formal request for tenders for the provision of its new supercomputer.

iiNet hits back over copyright 'stand-over tactics'

Internet service provider iiNet has hit out against what it describes as "stand-over tactics" by content industries and approaches to copyright enforcement that involve ISPs "threatening or disconnecting" customers.

By Rohan Pearce | 08 September, 2014 10:30

Tags: bittorrent, copyright, iiNet, piracy

NBN Co's biggest challenge: Learning to 'manage success'

One of the biggest challenges NBN Co faces as the rollout of the National Broadband Network continues is learning to manage success, NBN Co non-executive director Simon Hackett told AusNOG 2014 yesterday.

By Rohan Pearce | 05 September, 2014 11:40

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

Why Simon Hackett decided to try to make the NBN 'less worse'

If Simon Hackett has a religion, it's that there should be a better network, the founder and former managing director of ISP Internode told the AusNOG 2014 conference yesterday.

By Rohan Pearce | 05 September, 2014 08:30

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

Australian Crime Commission rejects limits on website blocking

The Australian Crime Commission has rejected calls for limits on the government agencies that can issue notices under Section 313 of the Telecommunications Act 1997.

By Rohan Pearce | 04 September, 2014 15:23

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

ALRC grapples with privacy in the drone and data era

A report issued by the Australian Law Reform Commission outlines a new tort to deal with invasions of privacy, such as posting sexually explicit photographs of a person on the Internet without their permission.

By Rohan Pearce | 03 September, 2014 11:37

Tags: Australian Law Reform Commission, privacy

NBN: Government seeks to smooth transition from copper

The government has launched a public consultation to seek ways in which it can smooth the transition from the legacy copper network to the National Broadband Network for end users.

By Rohan Pearce | 03 September, 2014 10:08

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

Microsoft's Australian Azure region 'just around the corner'

Microsoft is preparing to provide Azure services from within Australia in "a matter of months", according to the software vendor's Australian managing director Pip Marlow.

By Rohan Pearce | 02 September, 2014 17:22

Tags: Windows Azure, Cloud, Microsoft, data centres, Data Centre, cloud computing

Comms Alliance backs website blocking in piracy fight

Telco industry body Communications Alliance has backed a UK developed strategy for combatting online copyright infringement.

By Rohan Pearce | 02 September, 2014 08:00

Tags: copyright, piracy

Warrantless requests for customer data dominate in Telstra Transparency Report

In the 12 months to 30 June 2014, Telstra received close to 85,000 requests from government agencies for customer information . Of these, the overwhelming majority did not involve warrants, a report issued by the telco has revealed.

By Rohan Pearce | 01 September, 2014 15:29

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

Eftpos' online play moves closer with Coles trial

Payment provider Eftpos has unveiled an online payments trial in conjunction with supermarket chain Coles. Some 350 consumers will participate in the trial.

By Rohan Pearce | 01 September, 2014 14:41

Tags: e-commerce, mobile payments, Eftpos, digital payments, ecommerce, mobile commerce

Senate backs ads for Bureau of Meteorology site

The Senate late last week passed legislation that amends the Meteorology Act 1955 to make clear that the Bureau of Meteorology can run commercial advertising on its online services.

By Rohan Pearce | 01 September, 2014 12:11

Tags: online advertising

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