Windows Server 2012 Resource Centre
[ad] Windows Server 2012 redefines the server category, delivering hundreds of new features and enhancements spanning virtualization, networking, storage, user experience, cloud computing, automation, and more. Click here to visit our Windows Server 2012 Resource Centre with case studies, white papers and articles about Windows Server 2012.
Nokia Lumia Smartphones: Innovation's calling
[ad] Nokia Lumia with Windows Phone comes with unique camera technology, wireless charging and turn-by-turn navigation. Make every image picture perfect. See your city differently. Charge without wires. Click here to learn more.
Save up to $199 on Dell XPS 12 Ultrabooks: Power for your projects and passions.
[ad] This convertible Ultrabook™ delivers the speed and performance you expect from the XPS family in a sleek new design that's ready for work and play. Don't get two pieces of technology when one will do it all. The Dell XPS 12 is a tablet and Ultrabook combined to produce the perfect laptop.
Great articles on other sites
- Proof the internet filter lives on by other means
- Budget 2013: Heavy on 'showcasing', light on strategy
- CGU to replace core insurance system
- Google Australia calls for mandatory comp sci until year 10
- Spectrum fail could help Libs fight Labor's regional NBN
- Offended By Fraudband? Maybe You Shouldn’t Have Said It First
- Brisbane Grammar School prepares for Lync
- Coalition wants ex-Telstra players for NBN board
- That NBN Speed Comparison Site Now Looks More Realistic
- GovHack to encourage agencies on open data
Managing virtualised environments: Free whitepaper
[ad] Virtualisation is one of the single most important technologies for efficiently operating servers. This free whitepaper presents information about current trends in virtualisation adoption, risks associated with single vendor virtualisation, and the benefits of open source virtualisation. Click here to download the whitepaper.
One More Thing - iOS App Maker Conference - 24th May
[ad] If you make iOS apps, come listen to the best in the industry share their tip & tricks for App Store success. Melbourne, 24th May, 2013 - use the coupon code "delimiter" for 5% off.
Featured, News - Written by Renai LeMay on Sunday, May 2, 2010 17:03 - 0 Comments
Australia to ink controversial cybercrime treaty
The Federal Government on Friday announced it would accede to the Council of Europe’s controversial Convention on Cybercrime, which US-based digital rights advocacy group the Electronic Frontiers Foundation described as a door to enforcing “the world’s worst internet laws” when the United States ratified the treaty in mid-2006.
The convention, which entered into force in July 2004, attempts to harmonise national laws on cybercrime and provides for countries to cooperate on enforcement. Over 40 nations have signed or become a party to the agreement, including the US, Canada, Japan and South Africa.
Attorney-General Robert McClelland and Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith announced Australia’s intention to accede to the agreement in a statement on Friday.
“Cybercrime poses a significant challenge for our law enforcement and criminal justice system. The Internet makes it easy for criminals to operate from abroad, especially from those countries where regulations and enforcement arrangements are weak,” the statement read. “It is critical that laws designed to combat cybercrime are harmonised, or at least compatible to allow for cooperation internationally.”
The pair’s statement noted the agreement required countries to criminalise four types of offences. These are broadly:
- Offences against the confidentiality, integrity and availability of computer data and systems (such as illegal access or the misuse of devices)
- Computer-related offences such as forgery and fraud
- Content-related offences, including child pornography
- Copyright infringement offences
They also noted the convention established procedures to make investigations more efficient, including facilitating international cooperation around areas such as helping authorities from one country to collect data in another, empowering authorities to request the disclosure of specific computer data, allowing authorities to collect traffic data in real-time and establishing a 24/7 network to provide help to investigators.
The Government’s statement did not include details of when Australia would sign the treaty or what changes would be required to Australian law to do so, although iTnews has reported that some laws would have to be changed.
The convention has not been accepted internationally without controversy over the years.
For example, when the US Senate ratified it in mid-2006, the Electronic Frontier Foundation said the treaty required the US Government help enforce other countries’ cybercrime laws, “even if the act being prosecuted is not illegal in the United States”.
“That means that countries that have laws limiting free speech on the Net could oblige the FBI to uncover the identities of anonymous U.S. critics, or monitor their communications on behalf of foreign governments. American ISPs would be obliged to obey other jurisdiction’s requests to log their users’ behavior without due process, or compensation,” wrote the EFF at the time.
“Ratifying the Cybercrime treaty would introduce not just one bad Internet law into America’s lawbooks, but invite the enforcement of all the world’s worst Internet laws. Call your senators now, and tell them to hold this invasive treaty at bay,” the EFF advocated.
Leave a Comment
Enterprise IT, News - May 20, 2013 14:16 - 0 Comments
More In Enterprise IT
- Australia’s universities hacked on a regular basis
- 32 years later, CGU replaces insurance IT platform
- Guzman y Gomez likes the taste of NetSuite
- Microsoft finally launches Surface Pro in Australia
- Qantas still finalising Outlook shift
Blog, Telecommunications - May 20, 2013 13:08 - 1 Comment
More In Telecommunications
- Is FTTN vectoring just a pipe dream?
- Turnbull rejects Labor’s NBN subsidy claims
- ASIC blocked “numerous” sites over 9 months
- Telstra suffers another data breach
- FOI requests target Section 313 notices
Blog, Gadgets - May 13, 2013 15:52 - 0 Comments
More In Gadgets
- HP Slate 7 to land in Australia shortly
- Why touchscreens matter for laptops
(Or, review of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch)
- Amazon Appstore challenging Google Play as Australian launch looms
- Consoles to suffer as tablets triple mobile games downloads by 2017
- Despite Aussie windfall, does Apple profit slide suggest hard times ahead?