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Australian eDemocracy

Convergence Review proposes new media regulator

This week the Convergence Review, which is in independent review to look at reshaping the communications industry in light of rapid technological change, released its Interim Report.  The Review is looking at all media including broadcast TV, blogs, websites, and newspapers, particularly examining the changes required in the regulatory framework given the convergence between these media. 


New NBN Education Portal

The government has announced the development of a $20 million interactive education portal, which will be launched in the second half of next year, designed to exploit the high bandwidth supplied by the NBN.


Congress defers vote on IP laws

In the US, Congress has postposed its vote on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), amid heated debates that the law will ultimately lead to censorship.


ABS statistics show income and education level still factors in Internet access

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released is most recent report into House Use of Information Technology, and found that nearly three-quarters of Australian households have broadband.


The Web takes to the skies

Virgin and Qantas have announced plans to allow wi-fi-based inflight Internet access.