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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.


Watch PM Tony Abbott Justify Government's Data Retention Scheme

“The threat to Australia and to Australians from this is real, and growing. So this week, the government announced a series of measures that will strengthen our national security.” Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott has addressed the nation in a YouTube video called “Keeping Australia Safe And Secure”, where he justifies the government’s proposed data retention scheme.


Australian Government's Data Retention Plan: Everything You Need To Know

You may have heard some scary words this afternoon about new laws to fight terrorism. Inside those words is a proposal for something called “data retention”. This is what it means, and whether you need to start proverbially flushing your internet history.


Malcolm Turnbull Says Cost, Availability Are Big Factors In Australia's Piracy Problem

Malcolm Turnbull has turned his attention to the ongoing skirmish between Australia’s copyright infringing public and the corporations that hold the rights to that copyrighted content. In a post on his personal website, he postulates on the “lively debate” around copyright and spruiks the government’s Online Copyright Infringement Discussion Paper.


The Government Has An Official Response To The IT Pricing Inquiry, But You Can't See It Yet

Remember the IT Pricing Inquiry? That big, ugly inquiry that saw tech giants dragged before the Parliament to explain why they choose to gouge Aussies for tech, software and content? A year has gone by since the final report was submitted to the Parliament, but sadly it was swept under the political rug in favour of electioneering and a change of government from Labor to the Coalition. That Coalition government finally has a response to the recommendations made by the inquiry, but you can’t see it just yet. Here’s why.


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