We have a trio of sagas to sink your teeth into today.
First up is that saga where classification meets video games. Yesterday, R18+ legislation was introduced in federal parliament, and then swiftly referred by the coalition to an inquiry. The legislation targets 1 January 2013 as the start date. This does not mean that it will be a free-for-all for games; refused classification will still exist and will be used in cases such as sexual violence.
Next saga is the NBN roll-out. New figures released yesterday show that 191,000 premises were added to its 12-month roll-out plan for 2012. The major centres added to the plan were found in Footscray, Karingal and Keysborough in Victoria, and Bellerive, Claremont and South Launceston in Tasmania. You lucky people. The NBN Company also posted this gallery of an NBN installation on its blog.
Our final saga deals with Government 2.0. Former US CIO Vivek Kundra gave a talk about innovation, technology and Government 2.0 yesterday. Probably not a talk for the buzzword bingo players in the audience, but an interview that Kundra did afterwards with Pia Waugh is embedded below.
Some would say that it is a long way from software engineering to journalism, others would correctly argue that it is a mere 10 metres according to the floor plan.During his first five years with CBS Interactive, Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining the company as a programmer.Leaving CBS Interactive in 2010 to follow his deep desire to study the snowdrifts and culinary delights of Canada, Chris based himself in Vancouver and paid for his new snowboarding and poutine cravings as a programmer for a lifestyle gaming startup.Chris returns to CBS in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia determined to meld together his programming and journalistic tendencies once and for all.In his free time, Chris is often seen yelling at different operating systems for their own unique failures, avoiding the dreaded tech support calls from relatives, and conducting extensive studies of internets -- he claims he once read an entire one.