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The Full Tilt
Stilgherrian delivers an undiluted dose of criticism and analysis of the ways digital technology is changing our world and the spin that goes with it.
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.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee's visit to Australia drew out the same cultural cringe that drives that eternal, daft question, "how can we create our own Silicon Valley?"
Discussions about Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) has long since departed the realm of rational existence to become purely symbolic--and it'll stay like that until the election in September.
The Australian Cyber Security Centre that was announced yesterday may be useful, but seems more like an election-year gimmick that will tempt governments to increase surveillance and control.
Students at North Sydney Girls High School recently spent six weeks away from normal classes to work on projects of their choice that were somehow related to the smartphone.
Cyberwar is overhyped. The clear and present danger is the increase in criminal activity. And while mobile devices are vulnerable, they may also represent our chance to get information security right.
Last year, we decided that 2011 had been IT's year of consolidation. Now, it seems like 2012 has been about vendors setting up their strategies for 2013, beyond cloud and BYOD and into big data.
Once all manner of everyday objects become equipped with processors and connectivity, we'll have the Internet of Things. Futurist Mark Pesce thinks the smartphone will be its remote control.
The website for last week's Click Frenzy online sale collapsed under an unexpectedly high load. It didn't have to; techniques do exist for building highly elastic web infrastructure.
Classic information security defences aren't up to the task of facing the latest fashions in attacks, according to Sourcefire founder and CTO Martin Roesch.
Australia's newly-announced internet "filtering" plan relies on an unprecedented interpretation of the law and will do little to prevent the spread of child abuse material.
The pre-Christmas versions of the three major mobile operating systems have now been released. Windows Phone 8 is challenging the dominance of Google's Android and Apple's iOS. How will it play out?
Search engines can find internet-exposed industrial control systems (ICS) devices, and a newly-discovered vulnerability means that many can be hacked. Are we getting closer to cybergeddon?
Data retention for law enforcement is one of the most important political issues relating to our use of the internet now and as far into the future as we care to imagine — and it's being mishandled.
Increasingly, we're being asked to identify ourselves in situations that offline would never have required.