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The Government Is Finally Making You Pay More For Fuel

Ready to pay more for fuel? Ready or not, the Government is coming after your car juice in the next fortnight thanks to a loophole that allows it to collect more revenue without subjecting the plan to Senate scrutiny.


We Need To Talk About Upload Speeds

Opinion: Australia is home to some incredible high-tech businesses, and Aussies can access some technologically amazing services — take video on demand, for example — with the quality of internet that we already have. Our download speeds, on the world stage, are okay. In the long and ongoing and convoluted and annoying argument about the National Broadband Network and about our countrywide internet, though, we’re all getting caught up talking about downloads, and it’s uploads that really matter.


iiNet Makes Itself Clear On Data Retention: "Not Necessary Or Proportionate"

iiNet has made public its response to the government’s industry consultation paper on mandatory data retention, as proposed under new broad national security laws. The activist telco says that the majority of the customers it consulted are against the proposal, that the procedures would add significant cost to its bottom line that would be passed on to customers, and that there is no evidence the new regime will be more effective in law enforcement.


NSW Government Is Ripping Out 10 Speed Cameras

The New South Wales government is set to tear down 10 speed cameras across the state, because they’re not making a difference to road safety. If you live in any of those lucky locations, no eyesore speed cameras and the comfort of knowing you’re living around cautious and responsible drivers.


ISPs Now Have An Incentive Not To Install Your NBN Battery Backup

Your NBN installation might have become cheaper in the last six weeks, but there’s a good reason behind that — it’s also now a little less reliable. ISPs are being encouraged not to include the battery backup in your NBN install, which leaves your next-generation broadband network unable to provide voice telephone service in the case of a power outage.


White House Cybersecurity Leader: Technical Know-How Is A Distraction

In much the same way that the best heart surgeons have never studied medicine and Supreme Court judges have never really read the law, Michael Daniel, the White House’s cybersecurity co-ordinator thinks that “being too down in the weeds at the technical level could actually be a little bit of a distraction” in his position.


11 Of The Most Embarrassing US Government Websites

Just yesterday, the White House launched the US Digital Service, a new initiative with the express purpose of saving US government websites from imminent disaster/themselves. And after a brief audit of the state of our (unfortunate) digital affairs, we can officially say — well, they have got their work cut out for them.


The US Government Has A New Team To Make Sure Its Websites Don't Suck

Hey, remember that time the US government launched a website and it was a disaster and it didn’t work? I’m not just taking about HealthCare.gov, there are actually a whole host of horrible government websites out there. Now a new department will be making sure the US government’s websites don’t give people nightmares anymore.


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