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Turnbull and the barking mad NBN debate: numbers needed

Malcolm Turnbull has offered a defence of the Coalition’s broadband internet strategy, but claims he needs more numbers from NBN Co. We’d settle for rough estimates ahead of the election.

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Geeks doubt motives of Telstra’s ‘shaping’ trial

Telstra says it’s speed-shaping trial of peer-to-peer internet traffic isn’t about copyright infringements but customer service and peak access. But users are highly cynical of the motives.

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Why Telstra plans to slow you down to fight online piracy

Telstra says it will trial slowing down its users at peak periods to discourage the use of peer-to-peer software. But will it cut piracy or just piss off its customers?

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China not the only ones taking part in cyber spookery

China authorities have allegedly been caught hacking into The New York Times database to access journalist emails. But the Chinese aren’t alone in engaging in cyber espionage.

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Why you SHOULD worry about cybercrime (but it’s no war)

Bernard Keane says the federal government’s war on cybercrime is propaganda. But Crikey’s tech guru counters: it might not be a war, but there’s plenty of reasons to be concerned.

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Silent but Mega, Kim Dotcom’s file-sharing comeback

Kim Dotcom is at it again — but this time it’s encrypted. Here’s what’s revolutionary about his new file “sharing” service.

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Gillard’s ‘stop the trolls’ plan will please the media, but it’s nothing new

Now there’s a war on cyberbullying. What is the government up to, and will it make a difference?

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From academics to Anonymous, Swartz sets off huge reaction

While tributes have been flowing for computer activist Aaron Swartz after his death at the weekend, details have also emerged of his battle with US prosecutors.

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Aaron Swartz: a martyr for info-freedom fighters?

Aaron Swartz was a hacker in every sense of the word. His death — at just 26 — is a tragic loss for technology’s bright young things and raises questions about the fight for freedom of information on the internet.

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Tech in ’12: take nothing for granted online

In 2012, Big Copyright suffered several setbacks. And Big Data ramped up its efforts. Our technology expert looks back and forward at the world online.

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Users snap over Instagram, but should have seen it coming

The online world was abuzz with Instagram’s hardline terms of use changes. But users should know what they’re getting themselves in for when using social media platforms.

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Is there really too much freedom of speech online?

Once again the old media have missed the point of privacy online, preferring to maintain their patch instead of focusing on issues such as data mining.

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‘Trial by Google’ the new threat to privacy, Leveson warns

Trial by media? Trial by Google is the real threat to privacy, Lord Justice Brian Leveson told a Sydney audience today — fresh from delivering his media ethics report to the UK government.

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‘Hacking democracy’: a tool to streamline our Right To Know

A new website from OpenAustralia makes it easier to submit freedom of information requests — and the process becomes more transparent.

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Conroy’s new filter a political victory, but for how long?

The federal government has abandoned its internet filter, relying on a section of the Telecommunications Act to force telcos to act. But will it actually work?

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Net filter backdown shows power in the hands of the smart

Stephen Conroy has abandoned plans to erect a filter around the internet. He learned moral outrage wasn’t going to win the day. His bureaucratic colleagues need to do the same.

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Google defames us all, but should we sue?

What is to “publish” in the digital age? Search engines are now targets as we wake up to the fact the law says we’re publishing every time we go online.

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Forget government data retention, Google has you wired

Mandatory data retention proposals have libertarians in a flap. But what Google and a bunch of other companies are doing via Wi-Fi is much worse.

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Social media laws? It’s time to take a chill pill

Why Australia’s technologically illiterate politicians and emotionally fragile sportsmen, with their calls for tough new laws to police social media, need to have a good lie down.

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Apple’s new JesusPhone arrives — but it’s all about the software

The iPhone 5’s technical specifications and the early reactions to same are signs the smartphone hardware market is maturing. Apple’s fan base and tech media cheer squad are not.

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Business is drunk if it thinks it doesn’t have to police Facebook

The Advertising Standards Board says that all the stuff on a brand’s Facebook page is advertising and has to follow the rules for same. And so they should.

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An Anonymous attack in search of a purpose

The problem with Anonymous is that it’s like a bloke with a hammer forever wandering around looking for nails. Last week’s hack of telco AAPT is a case in point.

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Twitter is humanity, warts and all. Where’s the story in that?

Mocking the weak and stupid is universal human behaviour. So why is it global news when a young woman is ridiculed for asking an ill-informed question on Twitter?

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‘It’s how we connect’: Telstra and the spy sites mystery

Telstra has been tracking the websites visited by Next G mobile customers and sending the data overseas to a Canadian company that supplies censorship systems to Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

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New revenue stream is kids’ play for Facebook

Children need to learn to interact and socialise, whether online or offline.

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