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    Comms Alliance backs website blocking in piracy fight

    Telco industry body Communications Alliance has backed a UK developed strategy for combatting online copyright infringement.

  • China gives Microsoft 20 days to answer questions in anti-monopoly probe

    Chinese authorities have issued a 20-day deadline for Microsoft to explain "compatibility problems" with its Windows and Office software, after previously warning the company not to obstruct an anti-monopoly investigation.

  • European 700MHz band should be freed for mobile broadband by 2020, report says

    Europe's 700MHz band should be freed for mobile broadband by 2020, a report to the European Commission recommends.

  • Bill shock measures extended to all telcos

    Customers of smaller Australian telcos are set to begin receiving the same usage alerts provided to customers of Telstra, Optus and Vodafone.

  • Warrantless requests for customer data dominate in Telstra Transparency Report

    In the 12 months to 30 June 2014, Telstra received close to 85,000 requests from government agencies for customer information . Of these, the overwhelming majority did not involve warrants, a report issued by the telco has revealed.

  • Senate backs ads for Bureau of Meteorology site

    The Senate late last week passed legislation that amends the Meteorology Act 1955 to make clear that the Bureau of Meteorology can run commercial advertising on its online services.

  • Hillary Clinton calls for 'global compact' on surveillance

    Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for a "global compact" on surveillance and the use of collected data, saying the U.S. isn't the only country that does it and American technology companies are unfairly targeted for the government's actions.

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    Inquiry rejects ban on ISDS clauses in free trade agreements

    A Senate inquiry has recommended against passing a bill that would bar Australia from entering into trade agreements that include so-called 'investor-state dispute settlement' clauses.

  • Vertigan broadband demand forecast leaves NBN Co CEO 'curious'

    NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow has voiced doubts that 15 megabits per second will be fast enough for the average Australian home in the long term.

  • AFP apologises for privacy breach

    The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has issued an apology after it emerged that metadata related to criminal investigations was accidentally released online.

  • NBN Co aims to serve 1 million premises by next July

    NBN Co aims to have National Broadband Network service available to about 1 million homes and businesses in financial-year 2014-15, up from 552,000 in FY 2013-14, CEO Bill Morrow said today as the company announced financial results for the 12-month period ended 30 June 2014.

  • Geoscience Australia opens up access to spatial data

    Geoscience Australia is embracing international geospatial standards and integrated Web platforms to share spatial data in an open environment. The focus is on interoperability, says the agency’s lead data scientist, Danielle Beaudreau.

  • Section 313: iiNet, industry orgs seek limits on website blocking

    Internet service provider iiNet, the Internet Society of Australia (ISOC-AU) and industry bodies the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) and the Communications Alliance have all called for restrictions on the government agencies that can issue requests for ISPs to block websites.

  • DHS to roll out network ‘stress testing’ for agencies

    The Department of Human Services (DHS) has tendered for testing and network infrastructure to benchmark and validate changes to its data centre to support the integration of Centrelink, Medicare and CRS Australia.

  • Senate extends telecommunications interception inquiry

    The Senate has voted to extend the reporting deadline of the inquiry into reform of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979. The inquiry, chaired by Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, had been due to table its final report last night.

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    Brandis mum on data retention cost

    Attorney-General George Brandis has reiterated the government's intention to introduce a mandatory data retention regime but failed to answer a query by Greens Senator Scott Ludlam on what the cost of such a scheme is likely to be.

  • ASIC reveals depth of ignorance over website blocking debacle

    Teams at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission that employed section 313(3) of the Telecommunications Act 1997 to force Internet service providers to block access to websites "were not aware that a single IP address can host multiple websites," the financial watchdog has revealed.

  • Victoria University taps analytics to provide blended learning

    Victoria University (VU) has gone live with an integrated learning platform that uses data analytics and mobile apps to help design, deliver and manage anywhere, anytime learning programs for more than 40,000 students.

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    NBN cost-benefit analysis signals the end of an era

    The long-awaited cost-benefit analysis of the National Broadband Network suggests the days of politicians shooting from the hip with taxpayer dollars are numbered.

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    NBN: Labor condemns 'flawed' Vertigan panel report

    The shadow minister for communications, Blaxland MP Jason Clare, has condemned the cost-benefit analysis of the National Broadband Network commissioned by the government as "flawed" and "not independent".