Copyright bill

November 22, 2006

Will YouTube and the iPod be illegal in Australia? If you believe the critics of a new copyright bill, that nightmare can be true in some time. The proposal would extend the scope of a regular copyritght bill anywhere in the world. It’s not limited to commercial machines and it will make the electronic distribution of material difficult.

Attorney-General Philip Ruddock has not responded directly to the claims, but has said the provisions are intended to catch and punish major music and movie pirates, not personal users, writes MS NBC.

We’ll catch on this issue later for sure.

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Unknown internet users

November 7, 2006

An Australian professor from Queensland says that the government and companies don’t know how Aussies are using the internet. There is a lack of research, says Amanda Spink of the Queensland University of Technology in Sydney Morning Herald. “In this country we are focused on developing systems without understanding how they are changing Australian society”, knows Spink.

Spink is doing research on religious searches. She uses American data to determine how internet users are looking for spiritual guidance on the net.

The professor gives in the article an example of a good data collector: the privately funded Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Google News Australia

August 21, 2006

Newsmap is a cool visiualization of the news aggregator Google News. There is a set for Australia as well, so you can see what’s hot and what’s not. Newsmap is a treemap.

“Newsmap’s objective takes that goal a step further and provides a tool to divide information into quickly recognizable bands which, when presented together, reveal underlying patterns in news reporting across cultures and within news segments in constant change around the globe (or in this case Australia).”

It’s Flash-based, but works fine on my weak laptop with Kubuntu.