Topic archives: communications

Replacing the entire media with these geniuses sounds like a great idea

March 13, 2018 4

Listen. Engage. Make very little sense to the average person.

Fifield’s diary revealed: minister preferenced China telco before big local players

July 25, 2017 5

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield held his first meeting with a China state-owned telecommunications company that has no big presence in Australia.

Cap in hand in Canberra: how Australian media execs do business

May 31, 2017 3

The first instinct of Australia's biggest businesses isn't to innovate but to go to Canberra to demand help, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

Keen to evade data retention? Here’s how to choose a VPN

Keen to evade data retention? Here’s how to choose a VPN

March 24, 2015 37

There are readily accessible ways of evading the government's mass surveillance scheme, but you'll need to assess what's best for you, technology consultant Dave Sag writes.

Essential: voters don’t trust companies on data retention

Essential: voters don’t trust companies on data retention

November 11, 2014 5

Voters don't trust communications companies to store their metadata safely, today's Essential Report reveals, and they don't back the AFP using it to go after downloaders.

The five data retention lies you were told

The five data retention lies you were told

October 31, 2014 23

The government's unveiling of its data retention scheme was accompanied by blatant falsehoods by people who have no excuse not to know better.

A tough sell: can these spinners change your mind on climate change?

A tough sell: can these spinners change your mind on climate change?

April 4, 2014 98

Australians just aren't convinced on climate change. So we commissioned some spinners -- who are not necessarily greenies themselves -- to sell the message on global warming.

It’s been a bad week for the anti-NBN brigade

July 26, 2013 13

Media attacks on the NBN foundered this week on some inconvenient facts and annoying rules of mathematics. But getting it wrong won't stop the critics ...

Does the Labor narrative narrative stand up?

Does the Labor narrative narrative stand up?

February 22, 2013 76

We all complain Labor lacks a narrative. But what if positive narratives are now impossible to effectively communicate? Look overseas and it may well be the case.

The Coalition’s leaked policy notes: what you found

July 6, 2012 53

Readers have been running the ruler over the Coalition's "speaker's notes" leaked by Crikey yesterday. Here are the best responses ...

Rudd’s hapless communications strategy

June 18, 2010 65

For a government constantly accused of media management and spin, they're pretty useless. The media has gone feral and the Government's media contingent appear clueless about what to do.

Back to the Future: 1960s take on 1990s tech

April 8, 2009

Forget the leap of a national broadband network. Take a look 1990s telecommunications -- as envisaged by 1960s Britain. Nice forward fashion too!

This is a great idea. Stop.

April 1, 2009

Telegram Stop provides novelty telegrams with a classic look and feel that's designed for posterity. But you order them online. Naturally.

Minchin heads down broadcasting deregulation path

October 7, 2008 5

New shadow Communications Minister Nick Minchin is weighing into the broadcasting deregulation debate, like every other newcomer to the portfolio, writes Bernard Keane.