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Articles by Stilgherrian

Will it float? Twitter’s prospectus shows signs of growth

Twitter has confirmed its stockmarket float, and the the numbers look better than most analysts expected. Our technology expert examines the pitch to investors for clues.

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NBN Co board refuses to drink the poisoned chalice

It’s no surprise the entire NBN Co board has resigned. The Coalition doesn’t want NBN Co to succeed, and the technological and political challenge ahead is mighty.

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Is Twitter worth $16b? Perhaps in a multi-screen game

Ahead of Twitter’s share float analysts are valuating the social media powerhouse at more than $16 billion. Will it flop like Facebook or justify its price in a multi-screen environment?

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Say no to e-voting: defending the pencils of democracy

Electronic voting is clumsy, frustrating and open to manipulation and fraud. We’ll take our trusty old pencils, thanks.

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Spam canned? Not if you’re in a political party like Clive

Your email address is not a closely guarded secret, and Clive Palmer (or anyone not selling something) is perfectly entitled to email you as often as he wants.

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Assad’s army: the future of hacking is here, with a new target

Syrian interests have brought down the New York Times via a Melbourne IT company. Hacking is changing, new targets are in sight — and it could lead to a surveillance society or total chaos.

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Crikey Clarifier: how the FBI hacked users of Tor, the ‘secret internet’

If Tor keeps users of the “secret internet” hidden, how could the FBI have tracked them down? Yes, it is difficult, but anyone who is going up against world governments should be prepared to lose. Our resident techhead explains.

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Remember the NSA? Snooping is the real story

Everyone now has an easy-to-follow narrative chasing Edward Snowden around the world. But we’ve lost sight of the fundamental issues: the NSA’s vast surveillance program

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How to keep the NSA out of your email

What can you do to avoid the all-seeing eyes of the National Security Agency? Here are some tips, but the real answer is: not a whole lot.

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Australia’s quiet role in the NSA spying scandal

Australian and United States spy agencies could theoretically spy on their own citizens — but they promise they won’t.

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You’ll love the How Fast is the NBN site … until you read this

A clever website purporting to show the difference between the speed of Labor’s NBN and the Coalition’s broadband plan has gone viral — but is it a fair and accurate representation? We fact-check How Fast is the NBN.

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Broadband battle: hard numbers, ideology and gut feel

Yes, Malcolm Turnbull knows Labor’s NBN policy of fibre to the premises is technically superior than the Coalition’s plan. But he argues this is not the only factor.

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Broadband battlelines drawn: Turnbull’s plan for fast internet

There weren’t many surprises in the Coalition’s plan for the national broadband rollout, released today. But now the battle lines are drawn: Labor’s NBN verses Malcolm Turnbull’s cut-price, not-quite-as-fast model. And Turnbull nailed the policy announcement today.

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Ninety billion maybes: 13 questions about Turnbull’s NBN

Some time this week we will see “the 12-page costing” for the Coalition’s broadband policy. Stilgherrian lists 13 questions to ask as you flip through the pages.

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Reserve Bank hacking raises questions — and false alarm

Some malicious hackers — potentially from China — hacked the RBA in 2011. But is it really the international online security threat everyone is claiming?

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ABC hack attack: online security is getting worse

Hacking is getting easier, and any criminal with a cause — or even without one — can now bring down companies’ websites and access users’ personal information. The latest victim is the ABC.

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The Twitter alternative you might be willing to pay for

App.net went and changed the Silicon Valley orthodoxy with a paid, then “freemium”, model to threaten Twitter. But are we willing to pay for a better, more secure service?

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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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