Our own Glenn Fleishman was quoted by Australia's Senator Stephen Conroy, the minister for broadband, communications, and the digital economy, in a recent speech. The quote came from an article Glenn wrote for the Northwest news site PubliCola, about electricity being the killer app of 1900, in the way that broadband is the killer app today. Australia plans an ambitious fiber and wireless infrastructure buildout to ensure near universal high-speed access, with 90 percent of residents having fiber to the home.follow link
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- ExtraBITS for 19 April 2010 (18 Apr 10)
Australian Broadband Minister Quotes TidBITS Staffer in Speech
Our (Australia's) NBN, providing it is not broken by inept politicians or institutional greed and stupidity,is a worthwhile national project. BUT
Censorship of the Internet (Senator Conroy being a proponent of a (Internet censorship) system which will rivals China's, under the guise of "child protection", is also part of the National Broadband Network (NBN).
Now, I don't understand Australian politics, but it seems like quite a leap from a silly effort to block criminal sites (which will simply be routed around, as happens in China) to wholesale repression of unwanted ideas that are legal in all other forms.
While not supporting what Conroy and his government are proposing, partly because it simply doesn't work as has been widely shown, aren't you taking a big leap? I thought Australian were ruggedly independent and wouldn't tolerate this nonsense in any form, in any case!
Yes, as it is planned, it will be easily circumvented, but the majority of users, through inertia, or ill founded fears of "breaking their internet" will do nothing.
Conroy himself is branding anyone who is against the proposed internet filter as pro child pornography, as if saying it often enough, the population will believe him.
"It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong." Voltaire
Killer apps of what? Copper?
Isn't Conroy (or his speech writer) just trying to sound hip? Surely electricity and broadband are the things applied not the applications.