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Hilary Clinton launches Presidential bid via email & online video

Hilary Clinton has ended speculation and announced that she intends to run for the US Presidency.  It had previously been reported that she would launch her campaign via Twitter, but last week she announced her decision first with an email to supporters, followed very quickly with a 2 minute video, called Getting Started, posted to YouTube and her website


The Dallas Buyers Club Ruling – what’s it all about…?

The Federal Court of Australia has ruled that Internet providers must provide details of Australian customers accused of illegally downloading The Dallas Byers Club.  The case was brought by Dallas Buyers Club LLC, the company that owns the rights to the 2013 film, who claimed to have identified 4,726 Australian IP addresses that illegally downloaded the film.


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.


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.