More Aussies heading online after GP visits

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Five million Australians pay for a doctor’s visit in an average four week period—but an increasing proportion of them are also going online to look up health and medical information themselves, Roy Morgan Research shows. Roy Morgan communications writer Shaun Ellis says that Queenslanders are among the most likely to access the internet after a doctor’s visit.

A Little Liberty or A Little Security?

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Today sees the launch of the Campaign to Secure the Internet, an online campaign supported by nearly 200 international experts in the fields of IT, communications and systems. They are calling upon governments across the world to reject laws, policies, or other mandates or practices, including secret agreements with companies, that limit access to or undermine encryption and other secure communications tools and technologies. Academic expert in computer security and hacking, Dr Suelette Dreyfus from the Department of Computing and Information Systems spoke to me about this campaign. To find out more about this campaign, check it out at securetheinternet.org

Australia’s internet continues to underperform

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Melbourne Univeristy’s Professor Rod Tucker held a talk on Tuesday night, where he spoke about Australia and the NBN. For those who couldn’t be there, I spoke to him about the NBN, Australia’s internet speeds, and how and why we’re lagging behind other countries in this area.

Legislating for the online world

Since it was first commercialised in the 1990’s, the Internet has experienced unprecedented growth. There are over 634 million websites in existence this year, and over 2.4 billion daily users. On top of that, in less than two decades more than 3 billion people around the world have chosen to use various web mailing platforms to send each other private information, or conduct important business dealings, averaging about 180 billion emails daily