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  • Terror streaming bill 'rams through' parliament

    ​Legislation that will see social media companies and executives face hefty fines with jail time for failing quickly remove violent content from their platforms.

    Written by George Nott04 April 19 11:07
  • Greens seek amendments to data retention bill

    The Australian Greens on Tuesday announced proposed amendments to the data retention regime to address major privacy and security protections that it claims are being stripped away by the Abbott/Shorten surveillance unity ticket.

    Written by Byron Connolly24 March 15 15:02
  • ASIO head says government is no Big Brother

    ASIO is not carrying out mass surveillance of average citizens and the agency is subject to an appropriate level of oversight, according to the organisation's head David Taylor Irvine, director-general of security.

    Written by Adam Bender21 July 14 11:25
  • Telstra defends state of its copper network

    Telstra’s director of government relations James Shaw has defended the condition of the telco’s copper network, saying it’s difficult to accept claims that it is “falling apart.”

    Written by Byron Connolly17 Dec. 13 13:38
  • 'Guarantees have lost currency': NBN Co

    NBN Co is not in a position to guarantee minimum broadband speeds that Australians will experience on the National Broadband Network, NBN Co Chairman Ziggy Switkowksi has told a parliamentary hearing today.

    Written by Adam Bender17 Dec. 13 12:21
  • Why the IT Industry Is Desperate for H-1B Reform Legislation

    Amid broad agreement that more skilled workers would boost the tech economy, industry experts suggest that comprehensive immigration bill coming up for debate doesn't go far enough to help fill IT, engineering and manufacturing jobs.

    Written by Kenneth Corbin09 May 13 15:28
  • Could Privacy Protection Bills Hinder Law Enforcement?

    The Electronic Communications Privacy Act reform bill advances to the Senate floor to better protect email privacy. Meanwhile a House subcommittee considers privacy protections for location data, data which some in law enforcement say is necessary to solve crimes.

    Written by Kenneth Corbin25 April 13 22:04
  • No Deal on H-1B Visas for STEM Workers Without Immigration Bill

    Leading Senate Democrat urges the Internet Association to focus its advocacy on the controversial issue of lower-skilled workers, declaring that the only path to greater numbers of foreign-born science, technology, engineering and math workers will come through a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

    Written by Kenneth Corbin05 March 13 21:48