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Articles by Stilgherrian

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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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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