NBN Wrap: What Happened With Australia's Broadband This Week?

This week, NBN Co released its quarterly results, and posted a $1.1 billion operating loss. Newly inducted CEO Bill Morrow says that the company needs to concentrate on educating and connecting consumers and businesses as well as building out the network, but things aren’t exactly looking rosy for the future of the NBN.

NBN Wrap: What Happened With Australia's Broadband This Week?

It has been a week of conflict with the National Broadband Network. As we’ve come to expect, nothing much of substance happened with the roll-out of the actual fibre, but there was plenty of spirited debate when it came to public policy.

Here's Who Is Running With Julian Assange In The Wikileaks Party

Julian Assange’s bid for a Federal Senate seat is going smoother than can be expected, after the Australian Electoral Commission reportedly accepted his enrolment as a foreign elector and the registration of the Wikileaks party. Here’s where he’s running and more importantly who he’s running with.

Julian Assange Preps For Australian Senate Race

Getting yourself on the docket for an election is tough no matter where you are. I’d say it would be tougher for a political refugee like Julian Assange, though. Assange recently flagged his intention to run for the Federal Senate, and now despite the adversity, Assange is on his way to the race.

Julian Assange Will Run For An Australian Senate Seat

Ain’t no party like a WikiLeaks Party ‘cos a Wikileaks Party don’t stop! Ahem. That’s right, voters: Julian Assange is forming an Australian political party and having a crack at a Federal Senate seat in 2013.

White House To Simulate NYC Power Grid Attack

The US Executive branch — in cooperation with FBI, NSA, Homeland Security and Justice Department — will undertake an exercise this US summer (Aussie winter) to illustrate the need for stronger federal oversight for companies deemed critical to US national and economic security. These oversights would, in part, require companies to initiate tougher security protocols and stems from last year’s attacks on Citigroup and LockHeed-Martin.

Carrier IQ Gets Hit With US Senate Investigation

Carrier IQ, root-level software that tracks every action many Android phones take is creepy and scary, and there’s nothing you can do about it. But the US Senate can, and Senator Al Franken just sent the company a nastygram.

Lulz Security Raids Bethesda Softworks Servers And US Senate

The scurvy dogs aboard the SS Lulz have raided Bethesda Softwork’s servers after unsuccessfully trying to extort game info out of them. Ah well. They’ve also released a bunch of internal data from the US Senate’s website for further giggling.

Al Franken Rips Apple Before Congress

Although Apple’s fixed the location tracking problem, their Q&A explanation of the issue was defensive and baffling. Yesterday, before a Senate hearing on privacy and location tracking, Apple showed that they’re still talking out of both sides of their EULA.

Watch Congress Grill Apple And Google On Location Tracking

Representatives from Apple and Google got some explainin’ to do, appearing before the Senate Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law. If you want to watch it live, the Sunlight Foundation’s got a great annotated stream. Democracy! [Sunlight Foundation]