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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 […]

Morning Briefing: Tuesday 21 December

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Welcome to the Morning Briefing for Tuesday 21 December, where we highlight the tech stories from across the web and what we are watching here at techgeek.com.au. Here’s what we are watching: Motorola is said to be showing off a new tablet at CES, according to a new teaser video released by the company. It’s said to be competing against the Samsung Galaxy Tab. The UK is debating a way […]

Christian lobby launches new anti-R18+ campaign, with flawed research

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The Australian Christian Lobby has decided to do one last attempt to campaign against an R18+ rating, urging its followers to write to the Attorney Generals to say no for the introduction of the rating to video games which would put the Australian video game classification scheme on par with international ratings. The Lobby claims that bringing the rating would expose “explicit violence and sex” to children who would end […]

Report: Microsoft used to suppress Russian dissidents

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Dissidents’ computers are being suppressed by the police by using the pretext of searching for pirated copies of software belonging to Microsoft, according to a report by The New York Times. The group, Baikal Environmental Wave, were protesting against Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s plan to reopen a paper factory known to have polluted a lake that is known to hold some 20 percent of the world’s fresh water – […]

Christian lobby angry over Coalition stance

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ELECTION 2010: The Australian Christian Lobby has gone on the attack to defend the filter proposal after it was revealed by Joe Hockey that the Coalition will be going against the filter on ABC/Triple J’s news program Hack, and scrapping the proposal if it wins government. Jim Wallace, the Managing Director of the lobby, has called the move “incomprehensible”. “It is extremely disappointing to see the Coalition adopt a policy […]

Hockey: Liberals oppose Conroy’s internet filter

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ELECTION 2010: While Labor still is backing the controversial internet filter, the Liberals have finally confirmed that they will oppose the filter along with the Greens. Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey, talking to ABC/Triple J’s Hack program, has stated that it will block the filter if Labor wins the upcoming election. “We believe the internet filter will not work and we believe it’s flawed policy,” Hockey told the program.

Vietnam rejects Google claims of hacking

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Google’s claims that Vietnamese computer users were spied on and blogs critical of the government were hacked into were rejected by Vietnamese authorities talking to the AFP, telling the news agency that these were “groundless opinions”. A spokeswoman from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Vietnam has “specific regulations against computer viruses, harmful software and for ensuring information security and secrecy.”

Google upgrade blocks Hong Kong site in China

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Chinese users behind the “Great Firewall of China” have reported that Google Hong Kong has been blocked, according to several sources. While initially admitting it was a fault on their end, Google has now said that it is China blocking the site. When news of Google China/Hong Kong was blocked, Google said that it was because of a new set of characters in all of its search URLs, “gs_rfai”, triggered […]

Google redirects China domain to Hong Kong

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Google has acted on its threat of shutting down Google.cn by redirecting all traffic from that domain to its Hong Kong localised version, which effectively means that all Chinese results will be uncensored – unlike the mainland version because of strict laws regarding censorship. Previously, searches for Falun Gong and the Taiwanese independence were controversial topics that were often censored by localised versions. Like Google, Bing China and Yahoo China […]

Google might shut down China search engine

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A report in the Financial Times is reporting that Google is “99.9 per cent” sure in shutting its search operations in China after failing in convincing the Chinese Government in allowing it to show uncensored results. The shutdown, however, might take a few months as Google wants it to go through a process and to make sure its employees are protected from retaliation from local authorities. After publicly announcing that […]

Google China employees given holiday, networks tested

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After publicly announcing that it may rethink its China strategy after an attempted breach of its servers and stopping censoring content from its search results, Google has given all of its employees based in China a holiday as the company steps up its security of its networks. “We are currently running tests and scans internally to ensure that the network is safe and secure,” a spokesperson for the company wrote […]

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 […]

Merry Christmas!

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On behalf of the writers at techgeek.com.au, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year; and thank you for reading our blog. Who would have thought that in three years and more than two thousand posts later, we would be at this stage where we would be tackling discussing censorship and internet filtering… but then again, the decade was all about technology. So, hopefully, you all got […]

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 […]


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