One of the nation’s most significant engineering feats has been celebrated this week with the heritage listing of undersea telegraph cables in the Northern Territory. Historians describe it as ‘the internet of the 1870’s’ – providing the first connection between Australia and the rest of the world. Laetitia Lemke reports. Read more here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-28/australia-undersea-telegraph-cables-heritage-listed/12395264 For … Read more Australia’s undersea telegraph cables listed under the NT Heritage Act, 150 years on | ABC News
From video-chatting to working from home, one thing that’s keeping us all going during this lockdown is a good internet connection. The online world became part of our everyday lives, and how transformative it’s been. Ordering, banking, educating or building a business, all from our computers and phones. But in Africa in 2020, only four … Read more How will Africans benefit from internet expansion? | Inside Story
US State Department cables show that embassy officials were worried about biosecurity at a virus lab in Wuhan, China. The lab is in the same city where the coronavirus outbreak first came to the world’s attention. And President Donald Trump has said the US government is looking into unverified reports that the virus escaped from … Read more Coronavirus: Is there any evidence for lab release theory? – BBC News
Global Opinions writer Josh Rogin has obtained a 2018 U.S. diplomatic cable urging Washington to provide a Chinese lab greater support, noting that its research on bat coronaviruses was important but dangerous. Read more: https://wapo.st/2RJznRD. SPECIAL OFFER: To thank you for your support, here’s a deal on a Washington Post digital subscription: $29 for one … Read more Opinion | U.S. diplomatic cables warned of Wuhan lab safety issues. The world needs answers.
Boris Johnson has appointed a new British ambassador to the United States amid reports of a furious row with President Donald Trump over Chinese tech giant Huawei. Dame Karen Pierce, currently the UK permanent representative to the United Nations, will become the first woman to hold the post, Downing Street said. She replaces Sir Kim … Read more Dame Karen Pierce: Johnson appoints new US ambassador amid Trump ‘fury’ over Huawei | ITV News
A District Court in Virginia, USA, subpoenaed the popular social networking and microblogging website, Twitter, for the details of a number of individuals connected with Wikileaks, it has emerged this week. The court issued an Order on 14 December for the details of several persons responsible for elements of the Wikileaks website. The Order, which … Read more USA: Court Subpoenaed Twitter Over Wikileaks User Details
Rohan Samarajiva PhD is founding Chair and CEO of LIRNEasia, an ICT policy and regulation think tank active across 12 emerging Asian economies. He is a member of the Board and former Chair of the Lanka Software Foundation and Board Member of the International Communication Association. Here, he discusses the issues of broadband quality and … Read more Technology: Making the Asian Highway also an Information Highway