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.

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.

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.

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.

Redefining defamation in the online age

Business Spectator 16 November 2012

Google found itself in hot water this month, after a Melbourne Supreme Court jury found the search giant guilty of defaming Melbourne resident Milorad Trkulja through its search engine.

The next generation of digital assaults

Business Spectator 22 November 2012

Imagine trying to connect to the network and finding that you cannot. It’s a frightening scenario that could play out sooner than you think given the technologies being developed and deployed today.

The UN's internet gabfest

Business Spectator 29 November 2012

How do you fix a big problem? Well, one thing you don't do is call the United Nations and then ask that august body to do something that it has never done before.

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.

Free Wi-Fi for everyone everywhere (maybe)

By Mark A Gregory, RMIT University

The Washington Post reported on February 4 that the US federal government wanted to create super Wi-Fi networks across the USA.

The army should rescue the NBN

By Mark A Gregory, RMIT University

The National Broadband Network (NBN) is in dire trouble and has reached the point where Julia Gillard should declare a national disaster.