Government & Policy

16 June 2010

Inside Australia's data retention proposal ZDNet

Telecommunications industry sources have called the claims by Attorney-General media relations that web browsing history would not be recorded in a controversial data retention proposal "a bit cute" and a question of terminology and semantics.

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Australian communications minister tries again on bill to split Telstra The Australian

Controversial legislation that threatens to split Telstra in two will be reintroduced to the Senate today, but it's unlikely the bill will be put to a vote.

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15 June 2010

New Australian legislation needed to tackle cybercrime The Australian

The Rudd government will consult with telcos and ISPs on new legislation required before Australia can sign up for the global convention on cybercrime.

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13 June 2010

US Senators propose granting president emergency Internet power CNET

A new U.S. Senate bill would grant the president far-reaching emergency powers to seize control of or even shut down portions of the Internet.

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Plan to keep Australian's internet search history angers internet freedom fighters ABC News

If you know the details of someone's online reading and viewing habits you can learn a great deal about them; their politics, their interests, their sexual inclinations, even the state of their marriage.

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12 June 2010

Report: FTC to investigate Apple mobile practices Washington Post

The Federal Trade Commission will open an investigation to determine if Apple Inc.'s mobile software business practices are squashing competitors, according to a report published Friday.

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10 June 2010

US net neutrality group signals cooling of hostilities CNET

A new industry effort that bypasses Washington politicians and regulators indicates a cooling of hostilities over Net neutrality rules is underway.

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09 June 2010

British Government lays out fast broadband plan BBC News

The UK's culture secretary has been talking tough on broadband in his first major speech on the issue.

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ITU: Broadband will pay for itself ZDNet

Broadband connectivity is an essential piece of infrastructure to bring countries into the next decade of development, a top official with the International Telecommunication Union said Tuesday.

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Africa to get broadband boost with new cable to South Africa Network World

A consortium of 20 members have joined forces to build a submarine cable that will link Cape Town in South Africa to Penmarch in France.

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India needs more Internet infrastructure: report The Age

Fast and affordable access to the Internet remains a luxury mainly for India's urban elite, a new report says, and most families still can't even afford a computer.

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08 June 2010

MEPs back European web search history plan The Independent

More than 300 European MEPs are backing a plan that would force search engines such as Google to store details of web searches for up to two years.

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05 June 2010

MEPs push for European monitoring of internet search ZDNet

Hundreds of MEPs have called for search companies to be obliged to retain customer data for scrutiny by law enforcement bodies.

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04 June 2010

Editorial: Apple and the Regulators - FTC & Justice Department investigate whether Apple abuses its dominance New York Times

Mobile computers like Apple's iPhone and iPad are among the most transformative information devices since the personal computer. So it makes sense for the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department to review Apple's policies governing programmers' access to its devices to see if they violate antitrust laws.

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01 June 2010

Britain's Digital Economy Act: ISPs told to start collecting filesharers' data next year The Guardian

The UK's largest internet service providers will start collecting the details of customers who unlawfully download films, music and TV programmes early next year, in order to send them warning letters under a code of practice proposed today by the media regulator Ofcom.

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31 May 2010

Vital broadband expansion key to development and peace, UN conference told United Nations

The United Nations telecommunications agency opened its quadrennial development conference today, stressing that a vital expansion of broadband networks holds the key to rapid growth in productivity in developing countries and the potential to enhance global peace and justice.

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30 May 2010

Digital broadcasting to enhance TV and Internet access International Telecommunications Union

Guidelines to help countries manage their transition from analogue to digital broadcasting were presented yesterday during the ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-10) in Hyderabad, India. Delegates at the Conference also benefited from a hands-on demonstration of ITU's Spectrum Management System for Developing Countries (SMS4DC).

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28 May 2010

ConDems Won't Repeal UK's Digital Economy Act paidContent:UK

All those angry digital liberties campaigners? They shouldn’t get their hopes up too much about the Digital Economy Act under a new government. “We’re not going to repeal it,” the new UK government’s Conservative culture secretary Jeremy Hunt told paidContent:UK.

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27 May 2010

Google tries its hand at influence in Washington Washington Post

When someone as influential as Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV requests your presence at a hearing, Washington insiders know it's more of a summons than an invitation.

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Google ramps up spending to influence Washington NextGov

A decade ago, Google took over the World Wide Web. Now, the Internet behemoth wants to conquer something even bigger -- Washington.

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26 May 2010

EU says telecoms market 'too fragmented' BBC News

Businesses and consumers across the EU are plagued by high prices because of inconsistent application of EU telecoms rules, the European Commission says.

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25 May 2010

Revised copyright bill still flawed: InternetNZ seminar Computerworld

Termination of internet accounts as a penalty for persistent copyright infringement through music and movie downloading could put people in peril of breaking the law in more serious ways, lawyer Rick Shera has told a seminar on the Copyright (infringing File-Sharing) Bill, now before Parliament.

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US Communications Law to be Reviewed New York Times

Two top Democratic legislators said Monday that they would begin a process to modernize telecommunications laws that were last overhauled in 1996 but barely mention the Internet.

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23 May 2010

Sure, It’s Big. But Is That Bad? Regulators Are Watching Google Over Antitrust Concerns New York Times

In the 1990s, Gary Reback, a Silicon Valley lawyer, almost single-handedly brought the antitrust weight of the federal government down on that era's high-tech heavyweight, Microsoft. Now Mr. Reback contends there is a dangerous new monopolist in the catbird seat: the search giant Google.

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22 May 2010

US Approves Google's Deal for AdMob Due to Apple Online Advertising New York Times

After an intensive six-month review, Google won approval from the Federal Trade Commission on Friday for its $750 million acquisition of the mobile advertising company AdMob.

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