UPDATE: Hackers with heart

Grant Bayley, who heads up 2600 Australia, the international organisation's Australian operation, said it was currently devising a 15-second broadcast, which he said would contain text files, delivered at 12 frames per second, and suggestions pertaining to the "ethics" of datacasting, computer security and privacy, and access-controlling DVD encryption.

Bayley said the text contained in the broadcast would not be comprehensible as it appeared live on television, but he suggested viewers record the broadcast on video and then watch the information afterwards "frame by frame".

Bayley maintained information contained in the broadcast would "primarily encourage ethical", educational use of new technologies such as datacasting. However, he admitted some information -- pertaining to the decryption of DVD access codes -- which could not be legally broadcast in the US, would be screened.

Australian Federal copyright laws, even those currently being amended, were unable to prevent broadcasting of information such as DVD decryption codes, regardless of how commercially crippling the information might potentially be, he said.

And, in fact, the Australian Broadcasting Authority said it was not authorised to interfere in a broadcast of any nature. An ABA spokesperson said the government organisation was authorised to respond to a broadcast only after it had gone to air.

Solicitor David McCulloch, director of broadcast policy for industry group FACTS (Federation of Australian Commercial Televison Stations), agreed it was likely that copyright and broadcast laws could not actively object to the content Bayley said would be contained in the 15-second program.

However, McCulloch pointed out that, regardless of the content of the flickering text-based images said to be contained in the broadcast, the program did represent a breach of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practices. It was illegal to broadcast anything that fell "below the threshold of normal awareness", he explained.

"It wouldn't be possible, under the code of practice, to telecast anything that wasn't apparent on face value," he said.

Bayley said the broadcast would be "fed" to Channel 10 by MindShare, a company that supplies advertising material in bulk for the television station. MindShare's own advertising slogan is "Head space invaders". The broadcast time was not yet known, but Bayley said it was expected to screen between 3 and 4 am "some time in the next few weeks".

The title "2600" refers to the frequency of pitch that technology-savvy Americans played into their telephone receivers to thwart long distance call charges in the early 1980s.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Byron Kaye

PC World
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?