links for 2010-05-07

  • The Electronic Privacy Information Centre said Thursday it had joined 14 other organisations in filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission charging the social networking website with “unfair and deceptive” practices.
  • A story that reveals how an apparently well meaning attempt by government to protect children from video nasties on the net turned into a policy that critics say promotes censorship and reduces personal freedom.
  • Facebook group my the Federal member for Ryan, Michael Johnson MP protesting against the proposed mandatory internet filters.
  • Three Middle Eastern countries, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, have become the first to obtain internet addresses entirely in non-Latin characters. Egypt was use the Arabic equivalent of ‘.masr’. With a suffix for Russia in Cyrillic expected to be added soon
  • Consumers will be the biggest winners of the Federal Government’s proposed roll-out of the National Broadband Network, possibly paying between $50 and $60 a month for a combined fast internet and voice product.
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