Government & Policy

03 March 2011

US States Make Play for Web Gambling Wall Street Journal

Efforts to legalize online gambling in the U.S. are moving to the states as lawmakers roll the dice on bills that aim to steer around federal laws effectively prohibiting Internet wagering.

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Ofcom wants to ban misleading broadband speed ads BBC News

Ofcom is seeking to stop internet service providers from advertising unrealistic broadband speeds.

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01 March 2011

Net Neutrality Debate in Europe Is 'Over' Wall Street Journal

Is throwing net neutrality under the bus the price of a modern European telecom network? While the debate over a free and open Internet has raged in the U.S., it appears in Europe that the argument is largely over; net neutrality lost. What we are now arguing about is where to draw the line, not should we draw one at all.

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Singapore issues ISP code of practice ZDNet

The government has issued several mandatory security measures that designated ISPs must comply with as part of efforts to safeguard the country's Internet infrastructure.

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Australian railway safety under siege as carriers scramble for spectrum The Australian

Australia's peak rail authority is battling to protect billions of dollars worth of investment in the safety of national rail networks, which is under siege as the carriers scramble for scarce Long Term Evolution spectrum resources.

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28 February 2011

California legislation would tighten rules on Internet sales tax Los Angeles Times

California lawmakers are pushing measures that would require online merchants to collect sales tax on more transactions in a move to help shore up the state's sagging finances and level the playing field for bricks-and-mortar retailers.

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WIPO Director General Addresses the Future of Copyright WIPO

WIPO Director General Francis Gurry today said that copyright needs to evolve to current technological realities or risk becoming irrelevant. Speaking at a conference hosted by Australia's Faculty of Law of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) on the future of copyright, Mr. Gurry said there is no "single magical answer" to the development of a successful policy response to the challenges facing copyright in the digital age, but a combination of "law, infrastructure, cultural change, institutional collaboration and better business models."

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25 February 2011

Australian Attorney-General signals shift in safe harbour provisions Computerworld

The Federal Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, has signalled moves to expand provisions harbouring internet service and online content providers from litigation by copyright holders.

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23 February 2011

Google faces new complaint in French anti-trust probe BBC News

A new complaint about Google's alleged anti-competitive behaviour has been filed by specialist French search engine 1plusV.

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Net neutrality faces uncertain future after US House vote Computerworld

Late last week, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a budget bill that included a prohibition on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission enforcing net neutrality rules, but it's unclear whether that provision will survive.

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Wireless camp uninformed about cable, says NBN boss The Age

The man responsible for rolling out the national broadband network, Mike Quigley, has bluntly rejected opposition claims the $36 billion project is threatened by Telstra's plans for a super-fast wireless network.

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22 February 2011

Google Trying to Avoid Antitrust Fight in Europe New York Times

At the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the hottest ticket in recent years has invariably been an invitation to Google's lavish private party, and 2011 was no exception.

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Data retention should last one year: Australian attorney-general ZDNet

Bilateral talks with the United States to unify data retention legislation could lead to Australia keeping logs of its citizens' online lives for a year.

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20 February 2011

ISPs to retain data for three months if Australia joins European Cybercrime Convention Computerworld

ISPs will be required to retain the browsing history of their customers for up to three months if the Australian Government accedes to the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime.

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Newly Released Documents Detail FBI's Plan to Expand US Federal Surveillance Laws Electronic Frontier Foundation

EFF just received documents in response to a 2-year old FOIA request for information on the FBI's "Going Dark" program, an initiative to increase the FBI's authority in response to problems the FBI says it's having implementing wiretap and pen register/trap and trace orders on new communications technologies. The documents detail a fully-formed and well-coordinated plan to expand existing surveillance laws and develop new ones. And although they represent only a small fraction of the documents we expect to receive in response to this and a more recent FOIA request, they were released just in time to provide important background information for the House Judiciary Committee's hearing tomorrow on the Going Dark program.

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Google boss praises Australia's national broadband network ABC News

The chairman of internet giant Google has thrown his support behind Australia's National Broadband Network.

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18 February 2011

As Online Communications Stymie Wiretaps, American Lawmakers Debate Solutions New York Times

Leading Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday reacted skeptically to the idea of overhauling surveillance laws to make it easier to wiretap people who communicate online rather than by telephone, a major priority for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Regulators Eye Apple Anew: Enforcers Interested in Whether Digital-Subscription Rules Stifle Competition Wall Street Journal

U.S. antitrust enforcers have begun looking at the terms Apple Inc. set this week for media companies who want to sell their content on its popular iPad and other devices, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Digital Age Is Slow to Arrive in Rural America New York Times

After a couple of days in this part of rural Alabama, it is hard to complain about a dropped iPhone call or a Cee Lo video that takes a few seconds too long to load.

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Opinion: NBN vs 4G: the contest is already over by Rod Tucker ABC News

When I was growing up in the 1950s and 1960s, the coolest radio stations in town had DJs with fake American accents, and the best new products being advertised were always American or American-style. We looked to America as the home of everything new and exciting. We were envious as of the Americans as they were supposedly smarter than us and could do things better than us.

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US lawmakers may subpoena Google to antipiracy hearings CNET

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee said they want Google to appear before them to discuss upcoming antipiracy legislation as well as accusations that the search company profits from illegal file sharing.

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15 February 2011

Obama wireless initiative silent on net neutrality CNN

When President Obama announced his vision for a national wireless initiative last week, he emphasized how widespread high-speed wireless broadband would boost the economy and increase opportunities for individual Americans.

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Avanti pins hopes on internet space age Financial Times

A new space race has begun. In the next few months, two companies will roll out commercial services via intermediaries that will offer households and organisations across Europe access to the internet using new satellite technology.

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New wireless will help, not hurt Australia's NBN: Conroy ABC News

The Federal Government has rejected claims that new wireless internet technology will affect the financial viability of the National Broadband Network.

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13 February 2011

EU mulls tax cuts for online media EurActiv

The European Commission is considering the idea of lowering value added tax (VAT) rates for online media to the level of printed media wherever they diverge, in a move aimed at alleviating financial pressure on a struggling sector.

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