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Coonan sees panacea to shrinking bandwidth

Communications Minister Senator Helen Coonan has waved off concerns of a looming spectrum shortage, predicting wireless broadband, datacasting by television networks and third-generation mobile technologies will all be able to live happily together.

Privacy Commissioner investigates data thefts

The federal Privacy Commissioner has opened a formal investigation into possible breaches of the Privacy Act by Telstra mobile reseller Switch Mobile and call centre outsourcer One Touch Solutions following revelations that customer data from the two...

More Telstra splits emerge in coalition

Damaging new rifts have appeared in coalition ranks less than 24 hours after Cabinet approved the full sale of Telstra, with Liberal back bencher Alby Schultz now refusing to support the full float of the telco.

Computer Associates warns on new worms for Windows

At least three new worm variants targeting a vulnerability in Microsoft's plug and play service have been spotted in the wild by enterprise software house Computer Associates' (CA) antivirus labs in Melbourne, with the vendor warning there is more to...

Coonan launches Telstra dial-a-quote freecall number

Possibly overwhelmed by media interest in the government's campaign to privatize Telstra, federal communications minister Senator Helen Coonan has launched an automated "voice grab" service to disseminate her views to the fourth estate, or anyone els...

Alleged spammer faces court over 56 million e-mails

The Australian Communications Authority (ACA) is going for its first public collar under the Spam Act putting a Perth man before the Federal Court on July 20 for allegedly distributing 56 million unsolicited e-mails and harvesting people's e-mail add...

Verdict in on e-government

Australia's use of online government services has nearly doubled over the last two years, with taxpayers swapping standing in queues for Web transactions, according to the most comprehensive study of the subject to date.

Further spyware controls under consideration

The federal government may consider a range of further curbs to regulate the use of so-called spyware, but will look for pragmatic solutions from the corporate sector, public interest groups and IT vendors rather than take a legal stick to the proble...

ACA locks up broadband spectrum

The Australian Communications Authority has imposed further restrictions on the use of wireless broadband spectrum, with assignments for the 3575 through to 3710MHz spectrum band "embargoed" until further notice.

Intel quietly ships Pentium D with DRM

Microsoft and the entertainment industry's holy grail of controlling copyright through the motherboard has moved a step closer with Intel now embedding digital rights management within in its latest dual-core processor Pentium D and accompanying 945 ...

ABC digital TV bandwidth strained to maximum capacity

Unstable data compression compounded by a lack of high-definition television (HDTV) digital broadcast spectrum has forced Australia's national broadcaster to choke the quality of its digital signal to free-to-air digital television viewers.

Privacy law review tells feds to go it alone

The biggest review to date of Australia's privacy laws has recommended the federal government consider legislating over the top of the states, and finds the current legal situation to be inconsistent, fails in its objectives and negatively impacts on...

Budget 2005 - winners and losers

In what is likely to be his last Budget between the Prime Minister's office or the back bench, Treasurer Peter Costello has bet the farm on a series of across-the-board tax cuts, backed by an ambitious series of welfare reforms where big picture IT s...

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