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

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


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


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


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


Competition guided by Telstra's heavy hand

What if Shell, Caltex, Mobil and all the other petroleum giants decided tomorrow to stop selling unleaded, and announced that they would only manufacture and sell LPG from now on? Telstra's decision to introduce RIM equipment in its Deakin, ACT exchange will have the same effect for its competitors.

March 8, 2009 by


From show pony to dead horse

Telstra's 21Mbps Next-G boost and Internode's new 100Mbps FttH networks may be both companies' show ponies, but when it comes to helping most of us, their need-for-speed posturing is just a box-and-dice distraction that we've all seen before.

March 1, 2009 by


Why telcos should fear Twitter

SMS may have turned into a cash cow for the world's telcos, but Twitter's growing popularity gives customers an easier, cheaper option that may force carriers to come to the party or risk missing out.

February 8, 2009 by