links for 2011-08-07

  • Australia’s national security is at risk, according to the Director-General of ASIO – the Australian National Intelligence Organisation – partly because of “rampant use of the Internet”.
  • THERE are strong in-principle grounds to apply the GST and other taxes to overseas internet purchases worth $1000 and less, says the nation's peak economic advisory body. But it would be expensive to do immediately, would take some years to implement effectively, and have only a minor effect in reversing the alarming decline in domestic retail sales.
  • Bricks and mortar retailers, who pushed for the removal of the GST free threshold on internet purchases, will not be pleased by the Productivity Commission's report stating that it is uneconomic to do so.
  • Ok, now that the cat is out of the bag, I agree that this study was a total hoax. There is no company called AptiQuant, and no such survey was ever done. We are really surprised that it took so long for people to figure it out, a mere “whois” on the domain could have revealed it all
  • NSW has fallen victim to the two-speed economy, suffering a collapse in retail sales in a year in which the rest of Australia inched ahead. Retail figures published yesterday show Australian sales rose a meagre 2.6 per cent during 2010-11 – the worst result for half a century, since the 1961-62 recession.
  • Remember the recent study from a Canadian company showed users with lower than average IQs are more likely to use Internet Explorer than other browsers? It might be a (very elaborate) hoax.
  • Apple escalated a patent dispute against Samsung Electronics and won an agreement that the South Korean company won’t sell the newest version of its tablet computer in Australia until a lawsuit is resolved.
  • There are suggestion from NSW cabinet documents that ERG's T-card was dumped because potential bad PR if people forgot to "tag off" and are charged the maximum fare.
  • In this powerful talk from TEDGlobal, Rebecca MacKinnon describes the expanding struggle for freedom and control in cyberspace, and asks: How do we design the next phase of the Internet with accountability and freedom at its core, rather than control? She believes the internet is headed for a "Magna Carta" moment when citizens around the world demand that their governments protect free speech and their right to connection.
  • What do you use for baby showers? | Leefe rates the world… A friend had a baby show today, and I was supposed to send advice.
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