Stilgherrian

Stilgherrian is a freelance journalist, commentator and podcaster interested in big-picture internet issues, especially security, cybercrime and hoovering up bulldust. He studied computing science and linguistics before a wide-ranging media career and a stint at running an IT business. He can write iptables firewall rules, set a rabbit trap, clear a jam in an IBM model 026 card punch and mix a mean whiskey sour.

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Gamification and VC's spotty bubble

Gamification and VC's spotty bubble

LinkedIn's soaring share price after the company's recent IPO is only the most obvious example of the current boom in Silicon Valley. Leading the hype is "gamification", the use of game mechanics in non-game business applications.

published June 13, 2011 by

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Stuxnet, routing hacks and a seized iPad

Stuxnet, routing hacks and a seized iPad

AusCERT, Australia's largest information security conference, dominates an extended Patch Monday podcast this week, with the latest on Stuxnet, the insecurities of internet routing and the drama that started with a Facebook hack and ended with a journalist being arrested.

published May 22, 2011 by

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P2P production transforming business

P2P production transforming business

From Android outselling Apple's iPhone to the success of Linux and Wikipedia, all are examples of peer-to-peer (P2P) production. According to Belgian theorist Michel Bauwens these new internet-enabled models will transform society, leading to what he calls a P2P political economy.

published May 8, 2011 by

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Geek culture takes over the world

Geek culture takes over the world

Pia Waugh, a well-respected geek who now works as a "geek liaison" in the office of Labor Senator Kate Lundy, tweeted once that she finds herself amused at people who talk professionally about social media and online communications with enthusiasm, but miss the role that geek culture plays in the space. I agree.

published April 17, 2011 by

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Don't get caught in NBN 'hysteria': Conroy

Don't get caught in NBN 'hysteria': Conroy

The National Broadband Network (NBN) has hit a couple of speed bumps. NBN Co reckons that vendors over-priced their bids to construct the network, and earlier this month the entire tender process was suspended. Then, the head of construction resigned. Critics pounced. But Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy reckons we shouldn't get caught up in the "hysteria", but should wait and see what the "Plan B" tender process delivers.

published April 10, 2011 by

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Web development: fast, loose and cheap

Web development: fast, loose and cheap

New tools make it cheaper and easier to get a business online. It's no longer about building a hand-crafted website from scratch so ensure it does everything your business needs. It's now about creating your business' presence in the various online services it needs, and making use of higher-level programming tools

published April 3, 2011 by

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Trends for a broadband-enabled future

Trends for a broadband-enabled future

Australia's National Broadband Network will provide more speed, yes, but what will come of that? Out of all the technologies and services and ways of doing things that broadband enables, which ones are the trends to watch? How will they change the way business is done?

published March 27, 2011 by

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Twitter turns five: will it rule?

Twitter turns five: will it rule?

Work on the social-messaging service Twitter began exactly five years ago today. Now it has some 200 million registered user accounts, but that's only about 10 per cent of internet users, and even less if you take out the spam bots and inactive accounts. Will Twitter ever become a universal service?

published March 20, 2011 by

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'Arrogant' Apple battles over copyright

'Arrogant' Apple battles over copyright

Apple is being sued for copyright infringement by Jigsaw Entertainment, an Australian TV production company. The iPhone app, Chopper Soundboard, contained material lifted without permission from one of Jigsaw's shows, The Ronnie Johns Half Hour, and the company reckons that Apple should have done more to prevent its sale.

published March 13, 2011 by

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Cybercrime convention: civil liberties risk?

Cybercrime convention: civil liberties risk?

If Australia joins the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime, police and intelligence agencies will get new powers to monitor your internet usage. Is it, as law enforcement officials claim, merely bringing the internet into line with traditional communications channels? Or is there a real risk to our civil liberties?

published March 6, 2011 by

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Bionic eyes, gigabit Wi-Fi and the NBN

Bionic eyes, gigabit Wi-Fi and the NBN

The National Broadband Network's connection speeds of 100 megabits per second and more are essential for new health and education applications, according to Dr Terry Percival, director of NICTA's Neville Roach Laboratory.

published February 27, 2011 by

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