links for 2010-05-06

  • Australia comes in at number 10 on a list of countries that have asked the search engine Google to hand over user data or to censor information.
  • Monday night’s Q&A tackles the hot debate on the battle for internet freedom.
  • Parody of posts by a Kevin Rudd staff member.
  • The University of California – Davis has stopped using Gmail for its 30,000-member staff and faculty body. The university was trying Gmail for faculty and staff with plans to roll out service to the entire campus. But school officials say this email system isn’t secure or private enough to meet their standards.
  • Are we ready for a new age in how creative content is stored and sold online?
  • WASHINGTON—In a decisive and vulgar 7-2 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court once again upheld the constitution’s First Amendment this week, calling the freedom of expression among the most “inalienable and important rights that a motherfucker can have.”
  • Today was finally the big day. After carefully making all the right arrangements, crossing every ‘t’ and dotting every ‘i’, and most importantly, getting permission from Chairman Rudd, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy was finally ready to reveal to the world his big project.
  • THE Federal Government has been told the National Broadband Network can be rolled out for at least $5 billion less than the original $43 billion earmarked for the project and that it could be built without Telstra.
  • The original “solution looking for a problem”, the laser is now 50 years old but still seems futuristic. This gallery charts the evolution of a technology that underpins everything from the fibre-optic backbone of the internet to the search for clean fusion energy.
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