Stilgherrian

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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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Some of that ol' NBN religion

Some of that ol' NBN religion

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.

January 30, 2013 by in NBN

Bell Labs' high-bandwidth future

Bell Labs' high-bandwidth future

Bell Labs may have been absorbed into Alcatel-Lucent and ditched basic physics research, but it's still producing breakthroughs in optics, quantum computing and social computing.

November 6, 2011 by in NBN

NBN: ACCC wet dream, security nightmare

NBN: ACCC wet dream, security nightmare

The National Broadband Network (NBN) will provide unprecedented opportunities for consumer choice and competition, says network strategist Paul Brooks from Layer 10. But, at the same time, it will create 10 million potentially insecure home networks and unprecedented security challenges.

May 22, 2011 by in NBN

Don't get caught in NBN 'hysteria': Conroy

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 in NBN

Bionic eyes, gigabit Wi-Fi and the NBN

Bionic eyes, gigabit Wi-Fi and the NBN

The National Broadband Network's connection speeds of 100 megabits per second and more are essential for new health and education applications, according to Dr Terry Percival, director of NICTA's Neville Roach Laboratory.

February 27, 2011 by in NBN

The end of the open internet?

The end of the open internet?

"I think the age of the deeply competitive internet is over," says author and telecommunications lawyer, Tim Wu. "The next five years is going to be a story of the big four or big five."

February 13, 2011 by in NBN

Credit cards risked by standards failure

Credit cards risked by standards failure

If you're giving someone your credit card details, you'd like to think they were being handled securely. But a recent report from Verizon Business has revealed that a mere 22 per cent of organisations surveyed were fully compliant with the relevant security standard, the PCI DSS.

October 10, 2010 by in NBN