David Braue

Australia’s first-world economy relies on first-rate IT and telecommunications innovation. David Braue, an award-winning IT journalist and former Macworld editor, covers its challenges, successes and lessons learned as it uses ICT to assert its leadership in the developing Asia-Pacific region – and strengthen its reputation on the world stage.

Latest Posts

Trust us with the NBN; we're politicians

As Rudd and Conroy railroad the NBN into reality, the Liberals are trying to inject some due process into the whole thing by holding Labor accountable for its decisions. However, with the future of Australian telecoms on the line and no real viable alternative, is it just a bit late for accountability?

May 20, 2009 by

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Which filter side is Optus playing for?

Optus' involvement in the controversial government blacklist project could fall on either side of the fence. In kissing the ring, is Optus conceding that censorship is inevitable — or hatching a scheme to discredit Conroy's folly from within?

April 23, 2009 by

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The resection we had to have

Pigs are flying in flocks as Telstra has a change of heart on separation. Given the vitriol of the past few years, Rudd and Conroy deserve credit for bypassing the copper loop and, in so doing, bringing Australia's most big-mouthed telco in line at last.

April 14, 2009 by

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NBN for just $2047.62 per vote

The government dumped its well-intentioned bidders and spent the day awash in adulation from an industry that suddenly felt all its Christmases had come at once. But isn't this the same government that, two weeks ago, was warning it had to ditch key election promises for lack of funding?

April 7, 2009 by

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Conroy scraps filter blacklist

Communications minister Stephen Conroy today announced the controversial web filtering blacklist will be scrapped and be replaced with a whitelist-based filtering regime, to be administered by viewer voting through a family-friendly digital TV-only show called 'The White List'.

March 31, 2009 by

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Dongles out, 3G netbooks are swinging

Sure, better 3G coverage is good for competition, but it's what you do with the 3G that will ultimately make the difference. As Vodafone expands its network footprint, the practice of selling 3G-enabled netbooks like mobile phones should really resonate with end users.

March 30, 2009 by

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Ceci n'est pas une blacklist

Even the dim-witted bad guys in the Bond flick Quantum of Solace know that concentrating lots of power in a small place may not be the best idea. So how could Stephen Conroy and ACMA have been surprised when the alleged web filter blacklist made its debut?

March 22, 2009 by

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Long a PC, can Telstra become a Mac?

Last year I opined that, even if Telstra did launch Apple's iPhone 3G, conflicting goals meant it couldn't afford to seriously back the product. This year, Telstra proved me right, and the reason is simple: Australia's biggest telco just wants to be a Mac.

March 16, 2009 by

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