Broadband election's harsh come-down

Broadband election's harsh come-down

Summary: 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.

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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.

In Patch Monday this week, Stilgherrian brings you the story so far. Who are these independent MPs? What are their thoughts about broadband? Are they likely to side with Labor's National Broadband Network or the Coalition's cheaper option?

We also revisit the idea of voting online in an interview recorded earlier this year with information security specialist Jan Meijer. He worked on the first large-scale online election in the Netherlands, and he explains that ensuring a fair outcome isn't easy.

Patch Monday also includes Stilgherrian's random look at some of the week's IT news headlines.

To leave an audio comment for Patch Monday, Skype to stilgherrian, or phone Sydney 02 8011 3733.

Running time: 20 minutes, 22 seconds

Topics: Broadband, Government AU, NBN

About

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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