NBN Fibre Will Be In Apartments By September

Another step forward for the NBN — within a couple of months, a small-scale trial of NBN Co’s fibre to the premises service for apartments and office blocks will be available in a half a dozen areas where NBN competitor TPG is offering its own NBN equivalent.


The IT Pricing Inquiry: One Year On, And Nothing Has Changed For Aussie Geeks

Editorial: One year ago today, the guns fell silent on the IT Pricing Inquiry. The Parliamentary Committee tasked with finding why we pays more for gadgets, software, music and movies fired the final shot in the form of a report to the government on how to solve the availability crisis Australia had found itself in. One year on, and nothing has happened. The Australia Tax is as bad as it ever was, and content piracy is now at epidemic levels. We’re at a tipping point, and the government isn’t doing a thing to help.


OKCupid: We Experiment On You, Deal With It

“Experimenting on people” makes most of us feel uncomfortable, like we’re rats in a lab being prodded with weird devices and fed food that makes our organs bloated. But today, OKCupid tried to put that notion to rest — or at least, it tried to explain that services need to experiment on you in order to make their products better.


Giz Explains: The Problems With Data Retention, According To iiNet

iiNet has stuck its objections to mandatory data retention to the man today, telling a Senate Inquiry just how infeasible the concept of mandatory data retention would be, both from security, privacy, technological and financial standpoints.


Russia Wants To Expose Tor For Fun And Profit

Crack your knuckles and get out your chequebooks, hackers! Russia is offering a $US110,000 contract to the first person who can come up with a good way to discover the personal information of otherwise anonymous Tor users. But there’s a catch. The privilege of competing will cost you over $US5500.


Australian Government's Leaked Anti-Piracy Proposal Is Unrealistic

The Australian Government has proposed Internet Service Providers (ISPs) monitor and punish Australians who download and infringe copyright. In a discussion paper circulated by Attorney-General George Brandis, and leaked last Friday, the government proposes a sweeping change to Australian copyright law. If implemented, it would force ISPs to take steps to prevent Australians from infringing copyright. But is it likely to help? Not really.


Do You Search Online Differently Since Snowden?

In the year-plus since Edward Snowden lifted the veil on just how closely the US government (and others) tracks our online lives, a few things have changed. Tech companies are encrypting more; foreign governments are trusting less; and, according to a new study, we’re all searching quite a bit more cautiously.


The Ways Modern Secret Societies Use The Internet To Hide In Plain Sight

Secret societies are as old as humanity, and they sure as hell aren’t going away any time soon. But in an internet age where privacy is harder than ever to come by, secret societies face all kinds of new challenges. And Matt King has seen some of their newest tricks first hand.


Streaming Music Festivals A Win For Fans As iHeartRadio Comes Out To Play

How was your weekend guys? Did you tune into the Splendour In The Grass stream or maybe the live video from Belgium’s big Tomorrowland EDM festival? I listened to both as I pottered around at home, and also got the chance to see Steve-O from Jackass lovingly crash an intimate Lily Allen gig in Sydney. I was there in person for that. Why? Partly because iHeartRadio has now announced the line-up for its upcoming music festival to be live streamed from Vegas. So much streaming goodness! Great time to be a music fan.


AFP Officer Under Investigation After Lily Allen's Instagram Arrest Prank

If there’s one group you don’t want to annoy at a music festival, it’s the police. Unfortunately, nobody told British performer Lily Allen, who landed a few Australian Federal Police officers in hot water over a fake photo of her getting arrested went up on Instagram and Twitter.