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Australian now has one of the most draconian mass surveillance regimes in the Western world. Yesterday the Senate passed the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014. Data Retention critic Greens Senator Scott Ludlum has warned of dire consequences.


Having successfully rushed through Parliament the Data Retention Bill, the Australian Government now wants the same sort of power the Chinese government has to filter the information you receive through the Internet, introducing a bill that allows copyright holders, via a court order, to force ISPs to block access to ‘pirate’ web sites.

Telstra has recently started topping up the data allowances for its consumer fixed broadband customers and even advertising this on radio - we present all the detail.

A new scheme by PayPal covers shipping costs when online shoppers need to return their purchases, which PayPal admits is a frequent occurrence.

Microsoft Office will be free for all small screen devices, including smartphones. phablets and mini tablets. Microsoft’s Office 365 chief Kirk Keonigsbauer has confirmed that editing and viewing of Office documents will be free on all small screen mobile devices regardless of operating system.

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) in South Australia wants digital technologies to be introduced as a mandatory subject in the state’s school system and has called on the state government to place a higher priority on promoting ICT skills and digital literacy.

Australia’s Generation Ys – those born during the 1980s and early 1990s – are a ‘freedom loving’ bunch more likely to consider quitting their job to work for themselves, and also claiming that corporate loyalty is an outdated concept.


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