Tuesday, 02 March 2010 12:49

Senator Conroy, remove that code!


The author of the tag cloud javascript code used on the DBCDE website has demanded it be removed.

Recent reports of the Minister's page on the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) refusing to add the term "ISP Filter" to the real-time tag cloud have reached the author of the original code.

He is not happy.

When iTWire first looked at the source to the Minister's page, there was a clear attribution for the author of the code (Aleks Bochniak) and also the name of the site developer.  Both have since been removed.

In addition, the original source code was provided on Bochniak's website as a tutorial; with a clear copyright statement. 

In an email to the department (the blog post is not clear as to exactly who the email was directed), Bochniak has asserted:

I would appreciate it if you could remove my javascript Tag Cloud from your website.

I do not want in any way to be associated with yourself, your office or your policies.

Removal of my code from your website is the only way to achieve this.

He continues'¦

They're more than welcome to use and modify my code, however appropriate credit should have been left in place. I don't want to take credit for what they've done, far from it. But, this is one usage of my code which I would have appreciated them asking my permission, because if I had known the final outcome I would not have let them.

The email was sent on the 1st March, thus far there has been no change to the website (other than the removal of names to protect the 'guilty!').

One wonders what effect a breach of copyright case against the DBCDE will have on their credibility.


As part of our Lead Machine Methodology we will help you get more leads, more customers and more business. Let us help you develop your digital marketing campaign

Digital Marketing is ideal in these tough times and it can replace face to face marketing with person to person marketing via the phone conference calls and webinars

Significant opportunity pipelines can be developed and continually topped up with the help of Digital Marketing so that deals can be made and deals can be closed

- Newsletter adverts in dynamic GIF slideshow formats

- News site adverts from small to large sizes also as dynamic GIF slideshow formats

- Guest Editorial - get your message out there and put your CEO in the spotlight

- Promotional News and Content - displayed on the homepage and all pages

- Leverage our proven event promotion methodology - The Lead Machine gets you leads

Contact Andrew our digital campaign designer on 0412 390 000 or via email andrew.matler@itwire.com



Security requirements such as confidentiality, integrity and authentication have become mandatory in most industries.

Data encryption methods previously used only by military and intelligence services have become common practice in all data transfer networks across all platforms, in all industries where information is sensitive and vital (financial and government institutions, critical infrastructure, data centres, and service providers).

Get the full details on Layer-1 encryption solutions straight from PacketLight’s optical networks experts.

This white paper titled, “When 1% of the Light Equals 100% of the Information” is a must read for anyone within the fiber optics, cybersecurity or related industry sectors.

To access click Download here.


David Heath

David Heath has had a long and varied career in the IT industry having worked as a Pre-sales Network Engineer (remember Novell NetWare?), General Manager of IT&T for the TV Shopping Network, as a Technical manager in the Biometrics industry, and as a Technical Trainer and Instructional Designer in the industrial control sector. In all aspects, security has been a driving focus. Throughout his career, David has sought to inform and educate people and has done that through his writings and in more formal educational environments.



Recent Comments