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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 […]

techgeek.com.au censored by ACMA!?

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For about three-four hours, we were censored by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) – and that had to hurt our business. Don’t worry, we got everything back to normal because we moved to another host. Read more on what happened after the jump.

Titstorm continues to cause havoc on Govt Websites

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Websites for the Parliament of Australia and the homepage of the government are still feeling the effects of Operation Titstorm, as it continues throughout the day. Both sites, at the time of writing, are still down as a group linked with Anonymous – an internet group that is famous of starting a campaign against the Church of Scientology. Other government websites taken down include ACMA, and the website for the […]

The Year in Review 2009 – Australia in Perspective

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The year 2009 has been an interesting year for Australians. Not only we remember the political scandals like Utegate and the Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O’s controversial lie detector stunt on radio; but we also remember how Australians got together and showed solidarity amongst one another via charity work after the Bushfires caused havoc to many Australians living in the countryside in Victoria. techgeek.com.au now takes a look back at […]

Conroy given green light on mandatory filtering scheme

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The Federal Government has today announced that it will give the green light to the compulsory internet filtering plan, after a controversial trial to filter the internet was conducted earlier in the year, with the legislation being introduced in Parliament next year. “ISP filtering reduces the risk of Australians being inadvertently exposed to RC-rated material when they are online,” Senator Stephen Conroy, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital […]

Optus joins government filter trial

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Optus, the second largest ISP in Australia, has been accepted to be part of the Australian Government’s filtering trial after being previously excluded on the announcement, being the only one out of the top three carriers that have been accepted. Optus, along with iiNet, were denied to be participants of the trial. iiNet has since withdrew its application to participate on the filter. “Optus is an active participant in the […]

Whirlpool, hosting company threatened by communications regulator

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The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has threatened to fine ISP internet community website Whirlpool and its hosting company, Bulletproof Networks, $11,000 a day for being indirectly part of leaking the top-secret list of banned web pages, according to The Australian. The notice, obtained by them, was given to Bulletproof Networks on March 10 after it received a complaint on February 19 about a forum page that “may contain […]

ACMA slaps Optus $110,000 fine for spamming

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The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), the media and telecommunications regulator in Australia, has given Optus a $110,000 fine for two alleged infringements of the Spam Act 2003, for sending SMS messages without an “accurate sender identification”. These were in relation, according to ACMA, to 20,000 SMS messages sent by Optus to promote its entertainment services via its OptusZoo portal via the number “966”, referring to the letters “zoo” […]

ACMA to provide in-flight mobile phone use

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The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), the regulator of all communications in Australia, has proposed that amending the law to allow in-flight use of phones, after it has confirmed that it was safe to use after trailing for 18 months a technology that would jam certain mobile signals that would cause problems with the plane’s computer system. One tiny little problem: mobile phone jamming signals have been banned, under […]

Switchoff decision now falls to someone else

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Senator Helen Coonan, the Communications Minster, will no longer decide the fate of Telstra’s CDMA connection. After launching their ‘Next G’ network, the government intervened when Telstra wanted to switched off the CDMA. Now, the power falls to the Attorney-General, Philip Ruddock; giving him full control on how and when it will shut it down. Ruddock also said that he approves of the latest changes to Telstra’s license. Now Telstra […]


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