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Allocation of spectrum for new digital television services

Following the release of a consultation paper seeking comments on the allocation and licence parameters for two licences for new digital television services, the authority has received over 25 submissions from a wide range of interested parties including service providers, broadcasters, community groups and content...
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Innocence defiled, again? The art of Bill Henson and the welfare of children

An exhibition of Australian artist Bill Henson's photographs, including some works depicting nude children, has provoked a debate between adults over the values that adults should hold in protecting children on one hand and in viewing art on the other. Children and young people themselves...
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The Kenyan middle class? or is that the digital activist class?

There's a strong overlap between the emerging middle class in the developing world and the world of citizen media. Bloggers in Africa are highly educated and generally are wealthier than the average African. Kenya has a large middle class and one of the largest blogger...
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Highlights from the 2006 Community Broadcasting Association of Australia conference

Audio of conference presentations is now available online. Speakers included Barry Melville, CBAA General Manager; Desa Bajic, Assistant Manager, Investigation Section, Australian Communications and Media Authority; Andrew Brine, CBAA Vice President of TV; Ange Barry, General Manager,Plenty Valley FM; and Geoff Williams, General Manager, 5TCB...
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Talkback radio in Australia

This project is the most comprehensive study of talkback radio in Australia to date. Using evidence drawn from two high profile commercial sector programs and one ABC program, it sets out to explain the audience's interest in the format, the relations between the host and...
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New digital television services

Two licences for new digital television services will be allocated in 2007: channel A and channel B, which will be used for new and innovative digital television services. The ACCC issued a discussion paper on 15 December 2006 seeking stakeholders' views on the access regime...
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The Nelson touch: the new censorship

The Minister, the ARC and rejected grants, Gideon Haigh looks at the new censorship of research funding. Article published in The Monthly
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BCN_LDN 2020: comparing and contrasting two urban success stories

This collection of essays is the result of a collaboration between Demos and the Barcelona think-tank Fundaci? Ramon Trias Fargas. Over the last fifteen years London and Barcelona have epitomised the story of the 'resurgent city' but now face a set of challenges without easy...
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A few good mapping and GIS tools

A map can be worth a thousand words. If you're looking for ways to create maps or to display geographic data, there are a number of software package that can help, from free ones to complex and powerful ones. This article, part of Idealware's "A...
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Come fly with me

In Inside Story, frequent flyer Robyn Williams takes a look at how aviation is dealing with its carbon footprint.