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Anthony Albanese replaces Conroy as Communications Minister

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Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has been announced as the new Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy; replacing Stephen Conroy, who left the position when Prime Minister Rudd returned to power last week. Albanese will now be responsible for the rollout of the NBN, which sort of fits in with his other portfolio which he will retain – Infrastructure and Transport. Rudd’s choice for Albanese as communications minister […]

Obama administration charges PRISM leaker Edward Snowden with espionage

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US prosecutors have filed a complaint against the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who was responsible for leaking thousands of documents revealing the PRISM program, charging him with espionage, according to some reports. Prosecutors have also asked Hong Kong law enforcement to detain Snowden on a provisional arrest warrant. [scribd id=149272751 key=key-e6ki8mw621d5p6otp60 mode=scroll] According to reports by RT and Washington Post, Snowden has been charged with espionage, theft and conversion […]

Pirate Party Australia announce Senate candidates

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Pirate Party Australia has announced their Senate candidates for this year’s election – hoping to replicate the success of other Pirate Parties across Europe (most recently, in Iceland). President David Campbell and Secretary Brendan Molloy will contest the Senate seats in New South Wales – with Molloy being the lead candidate. The other candidates include: Joe Miles and Geoff Hammett for Victoria Melanie Thomas and Liam Pomfret for Queensland Thomas […]

Turnbull accuses News Limited of NBN “propaganda”

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Opposition communications minister Malcolm Turnbull has attacked News Limited on its coverage of Labor’s flagship National Broadband Network project, labeling the coverage as “embarrassing” and “relentless propaganda”. Turnbull, in particular, has criticised the technology section of its news.com.au page for not upholding its editorial standards in its coverage, citing examples where the section labelled it as “the world’s top 10 high-speed internet policies”, and listing benefits similar to the NBN Co’s […]

Developer makes getting Myki compensation easier; Metro Trains rejects it

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In Melbourne, people who have a myki pass are entitled to get a refund if Metro Trains does not meet its performance targets. However, to get the refund, you have to print out a PDF form, write all the details and send it off. One developer found that to be a pain and developed a site, called MetroClaim, to make it as seamless as possible. Only one problem, Metro Trains […]

YEAR IN REVIEW: Governments vs the Internet

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In 2012, the Internet has been the centre of some of the most controversial laws that were passed, attempted to be passed or are in the works by governments. We started the year with SOPA and PIPA, American legislation that aimed to legitimised censorship to protect copyright owners; and ended the year with countries such as China and Russia getting the ITU involved in the regulation of the Internet. This […]

Thousands of Myki cards to be “deactiviated” as Metcard is to be scrapped on December 29

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Having a smartcard like London’s Oyster Card for an transport system is helpful – you don’t have to wait in line and keep purchasing paper tickets. But let’s say, your system is constantly plagued with problems, then it might be cheaper in the long run to actually build a new system that actually doesn’t have any of these stupid problems. Yes, we are talking about Myki and in the long […]

Twitter: Users soon able to download entire archive; will talk to China but no compromises

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Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo has said that he hopes to give users the option to download their entire archive of tweets by the end of the year. Costolo’s announcement was a response to a question at a talk where he discussed the future of communication and access to information at the University of Michigan. We say “hopes” because it appears that the engineers do not like the deadline set. “I […]

Bing introduces political bias filter for election news

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Well, that’s something to differentiate yourself with Google. In its election coverage, Bing has introduced an option to filter out election news that disagrees or agrees with your political leanings. So, if you don’t like seeing the New York Times and NBC News because they are biased to the left; or Fox News and Washington Times because they’re biased to the right, now you don’t have to see it. This […]

Australia Post launches Digital Mailbox

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Finally, we’ve reached some modernity in mail! Australia Post has today launched its long-awaited Digital Mailbox that will let you receive your bills and financial statements all electronically, through the browser, tablet or mobile device – and instantaneously, as opposed to waiting for the mailman to come to your house every day. The service is part of a $2 billion investment in digitising, modernising and expanding its communications and delivery […]

The question of Python-iView: Copyright crusader or vigilante operative?

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The ABC recently raised eyebrows when it wrote a cease-and-desist letter to Python i-View, a mobile application which allowed viewers of ABC’s popular iview to download and playback its content later on slow or non-compatible technology. The issue of whether the Python-iView app infringes copyright, particularly it’s download feature, hinges on a number of specific sections of the Copyright Act and a concept of “vigilante interoperability”. Firstly, some background. Launched […]

Myki needs updating, and fast after Metcard is gone

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It is just a few months before Myki is to officially replace Metcard as the ticketing system for Melbourne’s transportation system. However, once we get Metcard out, the Victorian Government needs to seriously upgrade Myki to future-proof the delayed and overbudget project, or else we would be forced to create a new system down the track. Technology The technology needs to be drastically improved. Response times are long (but are […]

Russia ‘SOPA-style’ censorship bill passes parliament

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Image: Skye Suicide/Flickr (Creative Commons) The lower house of Russia’s parliament, the Duma, has passed a bill that will censor “harmful material” despite critics from popular websites – including LiveJournal and the Russian version of Wikipedia –  labelling the law as similar to SOPA. The new laws will see a non-governmental internet watchdog, according to state-owned Russia Today, that will request companies to restrict access to harmful content. If they […]

FunnyJunk lawyer Charles Carreon drops lawsuit against The Oatmeal

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And let common sense prevail! Just about a month after sending a cease-and-desist letter to The Oatmeal (aka Matt Inman) and asking for $200,000 then filing a lawsuit in retaliation after he couldn’t get the fundraiser shut down – the lawsuit has now been dropped. Charles Carreon, the guy above who made himself famous with the sex.com domain name litigation, basically thought that he could win by suing Inman and […]

FunnyJunk lawyer: Oatmeal lawsuit wasn’t “unreasonable”, wants fundraiser shutdown

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If you do something bad on the Internet that everybody doesn’t like, then probably you should reconsider – like I don’t know, suing an artist that had issues with your site because you have stolen material from that website. Well, FunnyJunk, who is suing The Oatmeal, now wants to take down the fundraiser. For those who haven’t heard of it: FunnyJunk basically is a wall of funny images – many […]


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