Publication of the Federal Government’s “black list” of pornographic and violent websites has fatally damaged its proposed compulsory Internet filtering regime, warns SAGE-AU, Australia’s peak body for System Administrators.
SAGE-AU president Donna Ashelford said the black list’s appearance on wikileaks.org demonstrated the futility of the Government’s proposed censorship regime and the need for fresh thinking. “Publication of that list has, in effect, given every 15-year-old in Australia a guide to porn online,” she said.
"The Government's trial has both fatally damaged the cause of Internet filtering, and damaged Australia's global reputation, since the government appears to be trying to block legitimate websites from the Australian public. It also appears that the release of the blacklist was not a leak, but rather a reverse-engineering of the software the government provided to home internet users, which raises serious questions about the security of the list.
A Cisco Systems technology event in Adelaide this week is nearly 80 per cent subscribed as its South Australian customers and partners seek a peek at its latest products.
Cisco Technology Solutions 2009 is a one-day show touring major capital cities across Australia and New Zealand. At the event, Cisco will demonstrate how its business strategies and leading-edge technologies are helping organisations to virtualise, mobilise and optimise resources, people and information assets for a sustained business advantage.
Corporate gifts specialist Office Range warns that many businesses risk cutting off communication with customers in their rush to cut costs in the economic downturn.
Office Range general manager Greg Birch said an unfortunately ‘knee jerk’ reaction to tougher times is to reduce the marketing budget. “Marketing simply means ‘to retain existing or prospect new customers’ with regards to your products or services,” he said.
“In tough times, it’s wise to look at what is really needed and what you can do without for a while - “trim the fat” so to speak. The problem is if you cut out a fundamental part of your company such as marketing, both new and existing customers may lose touch with you or even think you’ve gone out of business.
“The net result is an accelerating decline in revenues which makes the problem even worse."