Beyond .com ... an online world where anything.goes?

By Mark A Gregory, RMIT University

At 11 o'clock this morning (Melbourne time), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) started accepting applications for custom top-level domain (TLD) names.

The NBN, service providers and you ... what could go wrong?

By Mark A Gregory, RMIT University

Unless you’ve been boycotting all forms of media in the past five years, you’ll be aware that the National Broadband Network (NBN) is well and truly on its way.

Anonymous' Operation Australia – can the federal police stop them?

By Mark A Gregory, RMIT University

About 10am this morning, Anonymous used Twitter to announce an attack on the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) website. Anonymous claimed the ASIO website would be unavailable for the rest of the day.

The ASIO website was down for about 30 minutes after the attack and is now operating slowly or not at all. It appears the attack may be ongoing, but ASIO’s technical staff are recovering the situation.

Why data retention laws won’t work

Business Spectator 12 Septempber 2012

Attorney-General Nicola Roxon took an unusual step yesterday, launching a video on YouTube to put a new position on the proposed cyber-security and cyber-crime laws.


Hold off on 4G for now

Business Spectator 27 September 2012

By now everyone has read about the benefits of 4G-enabled smartphones including the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 4G.

The key change from 3G is the increased data connection speeds possible with 4G. Early adopters may achieve connection download speeds of more than 30 Mbps and upload speeds of more than 20 Mbps.

The privacy perils of biometric security

Business Spectator 11 October 2012

It may sound like something straight out of a James Bond movie, but believe it or not, Australia’s major banks are moving to embrace biometric security systems.


Telstra's post-NBN future

Business Spectator 18 October 2012

Australia’s telecoms landscape is undergoing a significant change as the fibre revolution swings into action but what will Australia's premier ICT provider Telstra look like in 2020?

Teleworking's hidden risks

Business Spectator 2 November 2012

For many, the word ‘teleworking’ brings to mind a picture of a person sitting on a beach with a notebook. The reality is a little less encouraging.

Teleworking or telecommuting as it is also known has not become a feature of everyday life and less than 10 per cent of Australians have a telework agreement with their employer.

Is remote and rural Australia being dudded by the NBN?

By Mark A Gregory, RMIT University

The National Broadband Network (NBN) is an important nation-building project that’s being implemented at a time of fundamental change in the way we utilise services over the digital network.

For most Australians – those of us in big cities – the NBN will be a big improvement over the existing access network, thanks to fibre connections.

Ready for a NBN emergency?

Business Spectator 7 December 2012

Telstra is expected to fully restore its services in south-west Victoria by the end of this week with the telco’s boss David Thodey promising a thorough investigation into the fire that took out the Warrnambool exchange in late November.