links for 2010-10-22

  • Governments across south-east Asia are following China's authoritarian censorship of the digital world to keep political dissent in check, the Guardian can reveal. Vietnam, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines have all moved or are moving towards monitoring internet use, blocking international sites regarded as critical and ruthlessly silencing web dissidents.
  • Mom videos child and uploads it to YouTube. Universal Music issues take down notice. Mom takes them to court for not allowing fair use.
  • In interesting, balanced, piece about the war between Stephen Conroy and The Australian about the National Broadband Network.
  • Man drops mobile phone down the toilet, then gets stick trying to retrieve it, requiring a rescue working to get him out. But how did he call them?
  • The new Australian government is hanging in there courtesy of a couple of rural independent MPs and a following breeze. A secure administration it is not, but that hasn't prevented Labor Prime Minister Julia Gillard chancing her arm and re-igniting the passionate debate about centrally-imposed Internet censorship. Martyn Warwick reports.
  • After two and a half years of requests from member states and campaigners, last night’s final session at the European Parliament was scheduled to debate the controversial Anti-counterfeiting trade agreement (Acta) treaty. Negotiated in secret, the treaty could precipitate the imposition of a new range of rules on computer software piracy and sharing. Opponents say it will limit free speech, while the music industry claims it is essential if their business is to remain viable.
  • Communications Minister Stephen Conroy didn’t have to wait long to see the The Australian's reaction to his Lateline tirade against the paper for its reporting of the cost to consumers of connecting to the NBN.
  • It may be entirely appropriate that NBN Co deliver the Federal Government ongoing cost-benefit analysis around the national broadband network rollout: so long as stakeholders understand how to interpret the results, writes David Havyatt.
  • Moving your data into the cloud creates a raft of security challenges, but according to information security specialists, those challenges are less about hackers and more about data availability and signing the right contracts.
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