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Remember the Cyber-Safety Help Button? You might remember it as Conroy's Big Red Button that when pushed, directed kids to a website that told them how to stay safe online. It was a poorly thought out initiative to say the least, but wait until you hear what the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy did next.


Late last week I was perusing the Coalition's plan for child safety online. It's a rigid document that proposes strict plans for pursuing court action against cyberbullies, and a proposal that would see age-appropriateness ratings and classifications slapped onto mobile phone products. Respectfully, I would like to label this plan as a load of tosh. I liked Australia better when our politicians didn't care about technology. Here's why.


One of the joys of being a contractor is the freedom to work from the comfort of your own home, or local cafe, or other random location, without having to commute to an office. And that sense of freedom is something that Comms minister Stephen Conroy was trying to teach to businesses as he announced National Telework week for later this year.


Just before the election the government's proposed internet filter was postponed until next year, in what was widely regarded as a quick and easy way for the government to kill off a controversial election topic. But it didn't die. Now John Hilvert at ITNews is reporting that a strategy brief from the DBCDE is stating that the legislation couldn't be introduced to parliament until the middle of 2013.


There are only two more sleeps until we all hunch over our cardboard cubicles and scrawl numbers on a sheet of paper to determine who will lead the country for the next few years. And while the internet filter may not be as big a concern given the Coalition's position on blocking any filter legislation, it's still part of Labor's policy and something you'll need to think about as you head to the polls. If you need a refresher of why internet filtering is a bad idea, look no further.


Wow. It looks like broadband is truly becoming an election issue, with NBNCo announcing this morning that they won't just be delivering the 100Mbps speeds previously promised, but will instead deliver 1Gbps speeds to 93 per cent of Australian homes. Like I said... Wow.


We're liveblogging today's ICT debate between Labor's Stephen Conroy, Liberal's Tony Smith and Scott Ludlam from the Greens. Who will win? We'll find out as the event kicks off at 1pm...


There's been a number of comments circulating online that a vote for the Greens in the upcoming election is a vote for Conroy, due to the recently announced preferences deal between the Greens and Labor. Unfortunately there seems to be some misunderstanding how the electoral system for the Senate works, because nothing could be further from the truth. Here's why.


You'd be forgiven for thinking, were you to spend a bit of time reading through a Twitter search for the term "Conroy" today, that the plan for mandatory ISP level filtering was scrapped. It's not. It's been delayed and there are some changes that have been announced for greater transparency, but the government's policy for cyber safety is still the same as it was yesterday: mandatory filtering for everybody.


It's been nearly three years since the Labor government was elected, and for almost the entire time they have been pushing their plan to censor Australians' internet connections. The debate has been highly controversial from day one. Many people expected that the Government would back away from their plans once they realised how unworkable and contentious they were, but at every step of the way they have pushed ahead with renewed enthusiasm.