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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Refused Classification means what, exactly?

Refused Classification means what, exactly?

Australia's planned mandatory internet service provider level internet filter will block Refused Classification (RC) material. Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy says that's "child pornography, pro-bestiality sites, pro-rape websites and material like that". But it's actually more than that.

published March 28, 2010 by

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Parents don't act on cyber-safety fears

Parents don't act on cyber-safety fears

Most Australian parents are concerned about the safety of their children online. But new research shows that parents don't back up their concerns with meaningful actions, and that in any event they might well be concerned about the wrong risks.

published March 21, 2010 by

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Can privacy and health identifiers mix?

Can privacy and health identifiers mix?

A new 16-digit healthcare identifier for all Australians is a centrepiece of the Rudd Government's e-health strategy. The numbers are scheduled to be issued from 1 July, but have the privacy issues been properly thought out?

published March 14, 2010 by

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WAN optimisation and the Facebook patent

WAN optimisation and the Facebook patent

If you think the National Broadband Network will automatically speed up everything on the internet, you're wrong. Inefficiencies in TCP/IP network protocols mean a lot of time will still be spent setting up application-layer data streams.

published March 7, 2010 by

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Proving your identity online

Proving your identity online

When websites say "Please log in with your Facebook ID", they're trying to make things easier by using your existing log-in. But they aren't Facebook, so can you trust them?

published February 21, 2010 by

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Tough titties: Govt sites stormed

Tough titties: Govt sites stormed

Anonymous, best known for its masked protests against the Church of Scientology, has branched out into denial-of-service attacks against Australian government websites to protest the Rudd Government's plans for mandatory internet "filtering".

published February 14, 2010 by

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iiNet: The whys and what nows

iiNet: The whys and what nows

Last week the Federal Court ruled that internet service providers are not responsible for copyright violation by their customers. This is an important decision not just for iiNet, which spent around $4 million defending the case, but for all ISPs in Australia and, indeed, globally.

published February 7, 2010 by

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Intel's new 32nm 2010 Core chips

Intel's new 32nm 2010 Core chips

Intel announced new processor chips at last week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas: the 2010 Core series, with transistor sizes down to 32 nanometres. They're faster with better power consumption, sure, but what else will it mean?

published January 10, 2010 by

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The challenge of Government 2.0

The challenge of Government 2.0

The Government 2.0 Taskforce released its draft report last week, and its recommendations for Open Government almost reads like a manifesto. Stilgherrian's guest on Patch Monday this week is the chair of the Taskforce, Nicholas Gruen.

published December 13, 2009 by

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