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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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.

April 17, 2011 by

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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.

April 10, 2011 by

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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

April 3, 2011 by

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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?

March 27, 2011 by

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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?

March 20, 2011 by

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'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.

March 13, 2011 by

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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?

March 6, 2011 by

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Cyberwar: we're in it together

Stuxnet, the first malware capable of causing physical damage, represents a strategic shift in cyberwar, something on everyone's mind at the RSA Conference on information security this year. While it's still hard to sort facts from fiction, there were calls for further cooperation between government and the private sector.

February 20, 2011 by

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