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Net neutrality and why the internet might have just changed forever

A United States court decision has enshrined the principal of internet neutrality  — and moves the goal posts on what service providers must offer. Crikey’s tech expert examines the implications.

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WikiLeaks in the clouds: why attempts to shut down Assange will fail

Despite attacks by hackers, despite takedowns by its service providers, WikiLeaks’ ability to keep on publishing is proving remarkably resilient. That’s less to do with their technical skills, and more to do with information ecology.

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The information ‘vacuum’ over secretive ISP data retention scheme

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has slammed the Attorney-General’s Department (AGD) over what he called the information “vacuum” surrounding its secretive discussions with internet service providers (ISPs) and other bodies over a data retention scheme for law enforcement.

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A new cable brings the promise of more internet capacity

A new joint venture announced yesterday will double Australia’s international data capacity by 2013. Such a vast improvement to key national infrastructure is newsworthy in itself, writes Stilgherrian.

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The government is watching what you read on the internet

Internet Service Providers may soon be obliged to provide law enforcement agencies with the browsing history of their customers. It’s to help prevent terrorism and paedophilia, but is it a step too far?

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iiTrial: ISPs not responsible for users’ copyright infringement

A landmark ruling in Australia’s Federal Court today has cleared internet service provider iiNet from responsibility for its users’ illegal file sharing.

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Where do Australia’s ISPs stand on the filter?

ZDNet has quizzed the big Aussie Internet Service Providers over their positions on mandatory internet filtering, compiling a list on who stands where. Does your ISP hate freedom?

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Conroy announces filter-trial ISPs and clams shut

Finally, progress (of sorts) on the Rudd government’s Internet “filtering” trials, which were meant to have started before Christmas, writes Stilgherrian.

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Kruddiversary: The internet thanks you for 12 months of achieving nothing

One year on, precisely none of the NBN has been built. The Cyber-Safety Plan is trialling (again) unworkable internet filters while Senator Conroy accuses everyone of being a pervert, writes Stilgherrian.

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Crank up the conspiracies as Seven and Hollywood take on iiNet

The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft’s decision to take Perth Internet Service Provider iiNet to court will have conspiracy theorists in raptures, writes AntiGeek.

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The slippery slope towards internet censorship continues

The Australian Government continued down the slippery slope towards internet censorship yesterday by introducing bill to give the Australian Federal Police the power to nominate terrorism or crime related websites for filtering.

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Filtering through the BS in election year

Let me see, which countries use ISP or country level filtering? China … Saudi Arabia … Thailand … Kazakhstan … Georgia … Iran … Sudan … Malaysia … Tunisia … Uzbekistan… Belarus. Yes, there’s a set of countries I aspire to join. Intellectual property expert Kimberlee Weatherall weighs in at LawFont.

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