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R18+ Classification Bill finally introduced to Parliament

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Image: Shaun Greiner/Flickr (Creative Commons) The bill that will see an R18+ classification for video games has now been finally introduced to Parliament. Introduced by Minister of Home Affairs Jason Clare, it has now been tabled and will be debated tomorrow. The bill, Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (R 18+ Computer Games) Bill 2012, simply inserts R18+ in several sections of the current Act. How a game is […]

2011 – A Year of Many Things: A recap of the big events of the year

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The year 2011 was one year that we will all never forget. Even though they were all in the beginning of the year, the floods in Queensland and Brazil, the earthquakes in Christchurch and the tsunami in the north of Japan are still present in all of our minds. We also saw the death of a tech luminary, Steve Jobs; and the powerful News Corporation losing its influence over politicians […]

Australia Network to remain with the ABC

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Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has announced the fate of Australia’s international broadcaster, Australia Network. The network will remain with the ABC, and it will stay with the national broadcaster permanently. The move to keep the network with the ABC, who currently holds the contract to do so until 2012, comes after a failed tender process which had been compromised by leaks. The tender process was then scrapped in November, and […]

Attorney General: Assange won’t be prosecuted over new leaks

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Julian Assange will not be prosecuted by the Attorney General’s office¬†despite breaching Australian law by identifying an ASIO officer in the recent unredacted cables that were recently published by Wikileaks, according to the Daily Telegraph. The newspaper reports that the department is currently not preparing to investigate or prosecute Assange because “he did not operate in Australia”. This is in contrast with the US Government’s response, where the Justice Department […]

SUCCESS: Australia finally gets an R18+ rating for video games

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Screenshot of Mortal Kombat – a game that has been given an RC classification The attorneys-general from the states and territories, in addition to their federal counterpart, have now agreed to create an adult classification rating for video games sold in Australia, finally aligning the system with its other Western counterparts. All states and territories, except for the NSW Government, have agreed to support the proposal to create an R18+ […]

Simple DNS change defeats Optus filter

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Photo: Kainet/Flickr (Creative Commons) As debate continues over the decision by Optus and Telstra, the two largest ISPs, on implementing a filter that would block out sites containing child pornography, according to one source, a simple change to the DNS settings can defeat Optus’ filter. Yes, you heard that. A simple DNS change. Optus’ implementation of filter relies, according to Delimiter, on blocking sites from Interpol’s list on a domain […]

TECHGEEK Weekly 41: Copyright THIS!

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Image: Fertala/Flickr (Creative Commons) New Zealand is about to get a three-strikes law that remains very controversial, in how it got passed and what’s in the law. The TECHGEEK Weekly Podcast discuss the impact it has, while also discussing about Android’s latest security flaw and the BlackBerry Playbook. Meanwhile, it looks like one post on our site is about to be a cause in an all-out staff rivalry – I’ll […]

Telstra compensation changed original NBN plan

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Photo: Kainet/Flickr (Creative Commons) A $15-$20 billion compensation payment to Telstra over its copper network appears to have drove the Labor government in building the current NBN plan in order to avoid such a payment. The revelations are to come out via a documentary airing on ABC1’s Four Corner’s program tonight.

Mortal Kombat may be modified for Australia + Challenge Tower

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Creative Developer and Video Game Programmer Ed Boon, is the creator of the Mortal Kombat series and has revealed alot of information prior to Mortal Kombat 9, such as gameplay, character leaks as well as friendships and other Brutalities in the game. On the 28th of February Ed Boon tweeted announced that there may possibly be a censored, edited version of Mortal Kombat coming to Australia. Tweeting: [blackbirdpie id=”42056262216712192″] Although […]

Mortal Kombat Banned in Australia? &#%@!

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On the 24th of February, The Australian Classification Board made their final decision about the upcoming game Mortal Kombat 9 after receiving the game on the 15th. It has been concluded that “the game contains violence that exceeds strong in impact and is unsuitable for a minor to see or play” and therefore will not be released in Australia. A statement was receieved from Warner Brothers saying: The highly anticipated […]

Privacy Commissioner to investigate Vodafone data breach

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The Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, has announced that he will be investigating allegations made yesterday by the Sun-Herald that Vodafone has made the personal information of its customers publicly  available on an internet site, rather than on an intranet.

The Year in Review 2010: The Highlights Reel

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2010. What a year to end a decade. From political uncertainty in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom, the leaking of important US documents – from Afghanistan to diplomatic cables – and even a possible upheaval of our classification system to finally allow a R18+ rating in Australia, bringing it in line with other western nations. We got more information about the new National Broadband Network, while we […]

AGs delay R18+ rating decision till March

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Well, the Attorneys-Generals of all the states and territories, in addition with their federal counterpart, have made their decision for the R18+ rating – they are going to postpone making a decision until March of next year. That’s according to the industry’s peak representative body, the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association. However, despite a “disappointing” result, this does not rule out the possibility of the rating being introduced or have […]

Greens refuse NBN briefing over non-disclosure clause

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The Greens have declined an offer by the Government to have a private briefing on the National Broadband Network after being told that they had to sign a seven-year non-disclosure clause before having the briefing. “It imposes a seven-year non-disclosure option, which would be voided for the material that the Government eventually does put into the public domain,” Senator Scott Ludlam, the Communications spokeman for the Greens, said.

Telstra structural separation bill passes lower house

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The Government has struck a major coup in its communications policy when the bill that would separate Telstra’s wholesale arm – which provides the copper lines to other telecommunications companies and internet service providers – and its retail arm has passed the lower house.