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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Broadband election's harsh come-down

Last week it was the broadband election. This week it still is. But the future of Australia's national broadband policy and, indeed, the future of the government itself now depends on a handful of independent members in a hung parliament.

August 22, 2010 by


Media laws dying for digital update

Do Australia's media laws need updating for the age of digital convergence? Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy thinks so. In his recent keynote address to the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) he said that a re-elected Labor government would conduct a complete review.

August 8, 2010 by

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Data breaches: it's criminals again

The majority of data breaches and almost all data stolen (98 per cent) is the work of criminals outside the victim organisation. That's according to the 2010 Data Breach Investigations Report published by Verizon Business last week.

August 1, 2010 by


Conroy's filter masterstroke

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy's Friday filter announcement was obviously designed to get the toxic topic of internet filtering out of the news before the election, giving an impression of progress without a real policy change. Clever, but will the strategy work?

July 11, 2010 by


Conroy, Lundy and zombies

All the news is from Canberra this week. With a new Prime Minister there's been renewed calls to sack Senator Stephen Conroy as minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and replace him with Senator Kate Lundy.

June 27, 2010 by


The future for Telstra, NBN and business IT

It's all about the future on Patch Monday this week. What key technology trends does your business need to consider in the coming financial year? And what does yesterday's agreement between Telstra and the National Broadband Network Company (NBN Co) mean?

June 21, 2010 by