Government & Policy

08 April 2010

Optus sides with Telstra in national broadband controversy The Australian

Optus has joined Telstra in baulking at a deal with the government over the national broadband network, with the No 2 carrier saying drastic changes were needed to draft legislation before it will sign up to the $43 billion project.

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Australia's NBN bid to stretch China ties The Australian

Australia is facing another test in its relationship with China, as the country's largest technology group, Huawei Technologies, makes a bid for a piece of the $43 billion Australian National Broadband Network.

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07 April 2010

Britain's Digital Economy bill faces further scrutiny BBC News

Controversial elements of the Digital Economy Bill will face further scrutiny even if the bill is passed later, Commons Leader Harriet Harman has said.

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06 April 2010

Industry Groups Question Regulations in US Cybersecurity Bill PC World

A U.S. Senate committee has dropped some of the most controversial pieces of a wide-ranging cybersecurity bill that had been stalled for nearly a year, but some tech industry groups still have concerns about new regulations that the legislation would create for some companies.

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Call for 'fuller' debate on Digital Economy Bill BBC News

Opponents of the controversial Digital Economy Bill have urged MPs to give it "the debate it deserves" when it is discussed in the Commons later.

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05 April 2010

OPINION: Like it or lump it, net won't be free of regulation The Australian

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy says the internet is "not so special" and therefore should be regulated. In the US, one of President Barack Obama's top communications advisers says there's a growing need for regulation -- because the internet is so special.

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01 April 2010

Labour demands removal of New Zealand's Section 92A internet suspension rule PC World

Proposed anti-piracy legislation should not include a provision allowing copyright holders to seek the suspension of internet accounts held by illegal file sharers, says Labour. National disagrees, saying the provision, written into Section 92A of the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill, is intended to strengthen enforcement measures and further deter online piracy.

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Opposition mounts to UK's Digital Economy Bill BBC News

The government has published a new draft of a controversial clause in the Digital Economy bill, in an effort to ease its progress through parliament.

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Internet's not special, says Australia's communications minister Sydney Morning Herald

Web experts recoiled today at communications minister Stephen Conroy's assertion that the internet is not "special" and should be censored like books, films and newspapers.

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30 March 2010

Time to reform NZ's censorship laws? Stuff

The first steps are being taken towards a possible overhaul of New Zealand's ageing censorship legislation.

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Canadian broadcast policy gives the web a wide berth by Michael Geist The Star

After months of intense lobbying and marketing that pitted broadcasters ("Local TV Matters") against cable and satellite companies ("Stop the TV Tax"), the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission weighed in last week with its much-anticipated broadcasting regulatory policy decision.

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29 March 2010

The Trouble with China Newsweek

Google couldn't find a way to work within Beijing's limits, and employees of mining giant Rio Tinto wound up behind bars. What's the key to succeeding in the world's largest marketplace?

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EU defends itself from attack on ACTA EurActiv

The European Commission attempted to dispel rumours today (22 March) regarding draconian new anti-counterfeiting laws being negotiated under the global Anti-Counterfeiting and Trade Agreement talks.

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28 March 2010

Google Searches for a Foreign Policy New York Times

Nations have interests. So do global information companies. And they're not always the same.

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25 March 2010

Fighting intensifies over how to enforce America's intellectual property laws Los Angeles Times

Barack Obama may be the country's most tech-friendly president ever, as comfortable discussing Net neutrality as Swiss neutrality. But his administration is caught in at least three pitched battles over intellectual property that could leave tech advocates wondering why they were so optimistic about his presidency.

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UK Budget 2010: Chancellor puts emphasis on broadband for all BBC News

Chancellor Alistair Darling reiterated the government's commitment to making Britain a digital world leader, with plans for a major broadband roll out.

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Complete ACTA text finally leaked ars technica

Last April, the US Trade Representative explained to us that the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement had to stay secret in order to provide room for negotiating. In fact, ACTA was so inchoate that "a comprehensive set of proposals for the text of the agreement does not yet exist." In other words: there's nothing to release.

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24 March 2010

Ofcom sets out vision and speed for 'superfast broadband for all' Britons The Guardian

Ofcom, the telecoms watchdog, wants BT to share its network of telegraph poles and underground ducts with rival providers such as Virgin Media, to accelerate the rollout of "superfast broadband".

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Proposed US law would single out cybercrime havens Network World

A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate Tuesday would compel the White House to identify international cybercrime havens and establish plans for cleaning them up.

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23 March 2010

Britain's digital economy bill: what you need to know: the lowdown on the digital economy bill which could be rushed into law by the election The Guardian

The murmuring in parliament is that the digital economy bill will get its second reading on Tuesday 6 April - the day that Gordon Brown is expected to hop into a car and head over to the palace to ask for the dissolution of parliament. The timing is precise: by getting its second reading in the Commons, the bill becomes eligible to go into the "wash-up" - the dirty process by which bills that have run out of proper parliamentary time are hurried through to royal assent via a series of backroom deals.

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Groups Voice Concern With ACTA Provisions Tech Daily Dose

Ten public interest groups and library associations wrote to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk Monday voicing concern about some provisions in a leaked version of the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement being negotiated by the United States and other countries.

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22 March 2010

Plans for America's broadband: Not what was asked for The Economist

A year ago, Congress asked for a plan that would provide affordable broadband service to all America's citizens. On March 16th, the Federal Communications Commission responded with a non sequitur: a national wireless plan which is good in its way, but which largely fails to tackle the problem it was asked to solve.

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Brown pledges super-fast broadband for all Britons by 2020 BBC News

Super-fast broadband will be available to every home in the UK by 2020, the prime minister is to promise later.

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21 March 2010

Rush to pass British digital bill will 'sidestep democracy' The Guardian

A group of senior public figures have called on the government to abandon its plan to push through controversial digital economy bill before the election, amid claims that the move could "sidestep" the democratic process.

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19 March 2010

Slow steps to America's high-speed broadband: the FCC's National Broadband Plan has the right goals, but can it reach them fast enough? Los Angeles Times

The National Broadband Plan that the Federal Communications Commission released Tuesday is ambitious in the right way, staking out such immodest national goals as building the most innovative and fastest wireless networks on the planet and vastly improving the wired infrastructure within a decade. But the commission moved so cautiously toward those goals, it's hard to see at this point how it's going to reach them.

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