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Internet giants agree to Do-Not-Track button

The likes of Google and other leading Internet based companies have agreed to support a new do-not-track button feature for Web Browsers.
 

Google has now joined the likes of Mozilla’s Firefox and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer who adopted this feature early last year. Essentially it will provide users of the respective software with more control over personal data that’s being collected on them.
 

The move comes after the White House call for Congress to pass a ‘privacy bill of rights’ that encompasses greater individual control, transparency, respect for context, security, access and accuracy, focused collection and accountability that will help regulate and protect the commercial use of consumer data online.
 

Read more at The Wall Street Journal – Web Firms to Adopt ‘No Track’ Button
 

Internet Doomsday – Is this the End?

Google chief mastermind ‘Vint Cerf’ who is also the creator of IPv4 – the protocol behind the Internet, says we could only be weeks away from running out of the 4 billion plus capacity of IP addresses.

Back in 1977 Mr Cerf began an IPv4 experiment involving IP addresses, and one that he figured would survive the duration. Little did he know that an Internet revolution would take shape soon thereafter and that 4.3 billion IP addresses wouldn’t appease the hunger for knowledge and virtual interaction.

Apparently we shouldn’t worry though, as the new version ‘IPv6’, and it’s trillions of vacant addresses, will be unleashed for all to devour when IPv4 runs dry. Let’s just hope there are no ‘chaotic’ teething problems to upset the masses once the new protocol is released so that the world can continue to turn.

Read more at: smh.com.au – Internet Armageddon all my fault: Google chief

Google now doing Evil?

The search engine giant that once held the informal motto ‘Don’t be Evil’ is now under police investigation for ‘spying on Australians’.

It’s believed that Google have been breaching Australia’s privacy laws by gathering profile data from unsecured wireless computer networks. In what Google has described (and admitted) as ‘accidentally’ collecting private information, many others believe they new exactly what they were doing and should be held accountable for their actions.

Australian laws forbid such information gathering  under the ‘Telecommunications Interception Act’, and although its not yet known if charges will be brought forth, the matter has still been raised with the Australian Federal Police for further investigation.

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Google and Yahoo say NO to Internet Content Filter

Google and Yahoo continue to vent there disapproval on the Australian Federal Government’s plans to introduce Internet content filtering censorship that is destined to fail.

The Minister for Broadband and Communications Stephen Conroy has stated that the filter will block Child Pornography, sexual Violence and access to number of other sites that display content such as violence and drug use. Industry analysts have stated that although much of this inappropriate activity is already non-existent on the general world wide web, the introduction of a content filter would not halt activities such as child pornography anyway, due to the elaborate networks that use software such as a VPN to navigate around the filter.

Many fear the Australian Government is being self righteous regarding what evidence and arguments come before them and will give Australian parents a false sense of security by introducing the filter. What’s more, google has stated that “moving to a mandatory ISP-level filtering regime with a scope that goes well beyond such material is heavy-handed and can raise genuine questions about restrictions on access to information.” Even though many checks and measures would be set in place, surely such controlling actions by the Australian Government could pitted along side China with their control and censorship laws and furthermore, be looked upon as a provocative action that could well and truly lay the foundations for a future Totalitarian government?

Extreme as it may sound, parties such as Yahoo and Google are not taking any chances, and are now just two of the 174 formal complaints thus far to have voiced their concerns to the Australian Communications and Media Authority regarding the proposed web filter plans.

Edit Want to know more on why the Internet Content Filter won’t work?  Then click here and read thepunch.com.au “Top 10 internet filter lies”.

Google Yahoo Join Broadband Internet Anti-Filter Movement

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When the like of search engine corporations such as Google and Yahoo pledge their support behind a movement such as the Safer Internet Group which is against the government’s current policy of content filtering for the Internet, you know there must be something fundamentally wrong.

Firstly, I’d like to point out that the search engine giants are not directly opposing the government’s Internet content filtering propositions, moreover they are seemingly suggesting that there are far better and more effective methods for achieving a practical outcome. Furthermore, they are also concerned with the primary fundamentals behind the the individual rights of people and the importance of the flowing of information.

Sue Hutley from ALIA ‘Australian Library and Information Association’, says a more effective way to protect our children from the Internet shortcomings was to work together with and through education, policing, technical measures and ISP’s along with government and police agencies.

For example, suggestions that child sex abuse stems from general Internet use (which an Internet Content Filtering system would intervene) is largely untrue as this type of activity is not found in the public domain, but more so in the chat rooms and across organised ‘peer to peer’ networks that the filter could not prevent.

The government’s Internet Content filtering message is essentially giving parents the wrong idea and thus possibly planting a false sense of security according to statements made by the SIA. As more and more evidence presents itself to the contrary, along with the gradually awareness in the public domain, perhaps the government might want to take a step back and ‘listen’ for a change or perhaps get filtered out of the publics collective consciousness come the next election.

… Oh, and by the way, it doesn’t help when you hear remarks such as wishing ‘Australia was more like China’ in regards to censorship and filtering coming from the Federal Minister of Broadband and Communication himself, Senator Stephen Conroy.

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Google informs Telstra about Fibre to the Home Announcement

Could this mean that the trial might be extended to Australia?

He said the search giant was just keeping Telstra informed, it was “nothing more than that”, and he understood it was early days for the company’s broadband plans.

In general, Thodey said Telstra had a complex relationship with Google on multiple levels, with different sections of the telco’s business – for example in its Sensis directories business and also with its Gmail email platform. In addition, Thodey noted Google’s plans to construct a submarine cable across the Pacific and pointed out Telstra was involved with mobiles using Google’s Android mobile operating system.

via APCMag.

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Google ISP = 1 gigabit fiber to the home

Note to Google: Australian’s would be more than happy to participate in these trials.

We’re planning to build and test ultra high-speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the United States. We’ll deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today with 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections. We plan to offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people.

via Official Google Blog.

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Google Australia compares mandatory ISP filtering debate with homosexuality as a crime

While the discussion on ISP filtering continues, we should all retain focus on making the Internet safer for people of all ages. Our view is that online safety should focus on user education, user empowerment through technology tools (such as SafeSearch Lock), and cooperation between law enforcement and industry partners. The government has committed to important cybersafety education and engagement programs and yesterday announced additional measures that we welcome.

Exposing politically controversial topics for public debate is vital for democracy. Homosexuality was a crime in Australia until 1976 in ACT, NSW in 1984 and 1997 in Tasmania. Political and social norms change over time and benefit from intense public scrutiny and debate. The openness of the Internet makes this all the more possible and should be protected.

The government has requested comments from interested parties on its proposals for filtering and we encourage everyone to make their views known in this important debate.

via Official Google Australia Blog.

Clearwire Google Intel Comcast WIMAX Broadband

If the U.S. is a yardstick for things to come in the Telecommunication sector, than XOHM WiMAX Wireless Broadband could be ‘it’ for Australian Mobile Networks down the track.

Comcast, Intel and Google recently contributed around $3 billion to deploy a WiMAX mobile Internet Network in Chicago among other regions, and for these ‘big boys’ to show this much commitment, theres obviously some kind of potential behind the technology.


WiMAX (or Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) is still currently a questionable standard of telecommunications technology that supposedly offers uninterrupted broadband wireless Internet access to subscribers anywhere in that respective area. Mobile Phones, Personal Computers and other forms of communication devices are all compatible with WiMAX and unlike the WiFi standard, it apparently offers greater coverage and quality of service.


For the time being though, all eyes will be on Chicago as it embraces WiMAX as a Broadband alternative, and although it mightn’t be the preferred option for all Broadband users out there, it will certainly be closely monitored by many for it’s potential as a mainstream Wireless alternative of the future.



Source: Suntime.com

Google Wi-Fi steriods to provide free Broadband?

Recent world wide breaking news suggests that Google could be gearing up to provide free Broadband ‘android’ services in the not so distant future. Early indications have stated that Google is currently lobbying the United States FCC (Federal Communications Commission) in a bid to allow more personal devices to use the Internet and access so called ‘TV white space’ to transmit Broadband services.

Google’s Telecommunications counsel ‘Richard Whitt’ has coined the expression ‘Wi-Fi on Steroids’ or Wi-Fi 2.0, when referring to the respective technology that can potentially offer gigabits-per-second speeds. If successful with the bid, the U.S. could be using the proposed service as early as 2009 with Australians possibly being able to access a similar service by 2013 when our analogue TV broadcasts cease transmissions.



Read more at News.com.au

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