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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, national broadband network, nbn co, NBN, broadband

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

ACT opens bus location data to developers

The ACT government is seeking expressions of interest from developers keen to integrate real-time bus location data into applications.

By Rohan Pearce | 19 August, 2014 10:26

Tags: mobile applications, location, open data, ACT government

Bureau of Meteorology prepares for new supercomputer

The Bureau of Meteorology has boosted the link between its two data centres from 80 gigabits per second to 200Gbps as it prepares for the installation of a new supercomputer.

By Rohan Pearce | 19 August, 2014 09:09

Tags: supercomputers, supercomputing, Bureau of Meteorology

New ASIO powers risk security of third party systems: EFA

Civil liberties organisation Electronic Frontiers Australia has warned that new ASIO powers proposed by the federal government could compromise the security of third party computer systems.

By Rohan Pearce | 18 August, 2014 13:48

Tags: Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA), civil liberties, surveillance, security, ASIO, privacy

Why ASIO wants to hack your network

Because targets of ASIO surveillance are becoming increasingly security conscious, the intelligence agency requires more flexibility in how it hacks into computer systems, the Attorney-General's Department today told a parliamentary inquiry into national security law reform.

By Rohan Pearce | 15 August, 2014 15:51

Tags: civil liberties, surveillance, security, ASIO, privacy

In pictures: Getting the IT right for activity-based working

Real estate services firm Jones Lang LaSalle moved into its current Sydney office at 420 George Street more than three years ago. As part of that move, the organisation transitioned to activity-based working.

By Rohan Pearce | 15 August, 2014 09:43

Tags: activity-based working, mobility

Government says 'no thanks' to NBN committee recommendations

The federal government has issued a formal response to the set of recommendations contained in in the interim report of the Senate Select Committee on the National Broadband Network.

By Rohan Pearce | 14 August, 2014 12:39

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

Data retention: iiNet pushes targeted alternative to mass surveillance

Targeted "preservation notices" issued under the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act together with stored communications warrants offer an alternative to the mass surveillance dragnet implied by a mandatory data retention scheme, according to Internet service provider iiNet.

By Rohan Pearce | 13 August, 2014 12:38

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

Service NSW eyes scalable contact centre

Service NSW will use Genesys’ customer experience platform to link together separate call centres as a single ‘virtual’ contact centre and provide the ability to scale up if necessary.

By Rohan Pearce | 12 August, 2014 09:48

Tags: Service NSW

Telstra picks up video streaming, analytics platform

Telstra will pay US$270 million to acquire video streaming and analytics company Ooyala.

By Rohan Pearce | 12 August, 2014 08:22

Tags: Telstra

DrupalGov to build on CMS's momentum in Canberra

Later this month Canberra will for the second time play host to a conference focussed on government agencies' use of Drupal, an open source content management system.

By Rohan Pearce | 08 August, 2014 14:35

Tags: open source, DrupalGov, content management, GovCMS, drupal

Data retention: Privacy commissioner issues warning on security

A data retention scheme by its very nature would require the collection of large amounts of data, potentially increasing the risk of security breaches that could reveal the personal information of large numbers of Australians, the privacy commissioner has warned.

By Rohan Pearce | 08 August, 2014 13:45

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

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