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Tuesday, 2nd September 2014


Lack of transparency in Transparency Report

Amidst controversy over data retention, Telstra has published its latest transparency report on the number of requests it has received from government for information.
Source: iTWire


ISPs offer ways to combat online copyright infringement

The ISP industry has proposed constructive strategies to combat online copyright infringement, but warned that elements of the Federal Government’s current proposals would damage industry and consumers alike.
Source: ARN


Cloud storage facilities in the spotlight over leaked photos

Explicit photos of dozens of female celebrities have surfaced on the internet triggering many to question the security of online storage facilities.
Source: ABC News


Monday, 1st September 2014


ISPs willing to walk the plank with Abbott, Brandis

In a surprise move Australia's biggests ISPs have come out in support of a piracy crackdown, announcing they're willing to negotiate with the Abbott government about its controversial proposals.
Source: iTWire


ISPs willing to negotiate on 'three strikes' piracy regime

Australia’s telecommunications industry body has signalled its willingness to negotiate on a three strikes approach to copyright infringement despite being ‘unconvinced’ it will work, while outlining an alternative model and calling on rights holders to play their part to reduce piracy.
Source: iTnews Australia


Bill shock measures extended to all Australian telcos

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


Telstra takes 85k requests for user data in 12 months

Telstra received just under 85,000 requests for customer information from government agencies in its 2014 financial year, the telco revealed in its first full year transparency report released today.
Source: iTnews Australia


Vodafone quietly tests NBN Co fibre for tower backhaul

Vodafone and NBN Co have been quietly testing out using NBN Co's fibre as backhaul for Vodafone's mobile network.
Source: ZDNet Australia


Optus automates credit risk; makes 70 redundant

Optus has announced plans to make 70 Australian positions redundant through the telco's efforts to automate its credit risk management systems.
Source: iTnews Australia


Friday, 29th August 2014


NBN CBA proves Turnbull's MTM is fraudband

Sometimes in politics, it is the actions of your opponents that best crystallise the virtues of your own policies.
Source: iTnews Australia


Time for a reality check on Labor's CBA-less NBN strategy

Labor-hating has become so popular that few bother remembering the real reason FttP was introduced without a CBA in the first place. But as the Coalition crows about a cost-benefit analysis justifying an FttN NBN 10 times costlier than Labor's own FttN policy, it's worth taking time out for a reality check.
Source: ZDNet Australia


Mobile lobby blames federal laws for dodgy airport reception

The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association has pushed the federal government to adopt more lenient planning laws to allow carriers to improve mobile coverage in the nation's airports.
Source: iTnews Australia


Film companies want US-style system to penalise downloaders

The copyright industry's response to the government's proposal to curb the unauthorised downloading of online content remains the same as it was years and years ago: it wants everyone else to take responsibility, and wants to reap the rewards.
Source: iTWire


Thursday, 28th August 2014


Leaked paper reveals Australia's obsessive metadata secrecy

The Australian government has been discussing a detailed data-retention wish list with internet service providers for more than four years - with citizens kept in the dark.
Source: ZDNet Australia


Coalition must push on with 'a slower NBN sooner', but hurdles remain for Malcolm Turnbull

The long-awaited cost-benefit analysis of the NBN predictably backs the Coalition's option, but Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull still has to deliver.
Source: SMH