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Tech Talk Radio Show 13 of 2011
Transmission date: March 28, 2010
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Ep 13 of 2011
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The internet is now an essential part of Australian's day to day life, and we've nearly all become members of Social Network sites such as twitter and Facebook. The scary thing about not just these companies, but any company on the internet, free does not necessarily mean free. If you read the fine print in the terms and conditions of use of these large companies sites, you'll notice that information you share with them will be collected and used for other things, such as the on-sale of your details to third party organisations, such as advertisers.

This, in the scale of things, may not bother most, but it's the things to come that may prove us to regret our sign ups, and willfully spilling our private lives online for all, or even just our friends to see.

Hungry Beast Internet Survey

Last week, the ABC's program Hungry Beast commissioned a survey to find out how Australian's interact online. 1046 adults were surveyed online, and the results were surprising, despite the small sample. What wasn't surprising, is that social media plays a major part of life today, be it online, or offline. Of the total number of respondents, 82%  were members of at least one social networking site. Females marginally more than males, and proportional to age with the 18-29's making up 96% and the 55+ group a surprising 72%. The most socially connected states are Victoria and Tasmania at 84% and the least social state was Queensland at 77%.

Of the respondents who were currently members of a social networking site, the Hungry Beast survey found 76% were members of Facebook, 35% were members of Youtube, and  17% tweeted regularly confirming the top three social sites.

So it appears that Australian's love to network, but this doesn't appear to be the norm in other parts of the world. The German government forced Google to pixilate houses and buildings on the request of its citizens, which has resulted in a backlash by some. The vandilisation of one of the Google camera cars recently also highlights the lack of willingness of some Germans to be part of the Google street view project.

So when it comes to protecting your privacy online, are you blaze about your every move being stored in a sever outside of Australia's legal jurisdiction? Will it come back to haunt you when you least expect it, or will it fall in to the wrong hands – albeit and advertiser or maybe worse. Time will tell.

This week on Tech Talk Radio

  • We take a look at privacy on the internet, and importantly how Australians value their online anonymity. Telstra and Optus take NBN co and each other to task over cherry picking and insider trading, Firefox 4 beats IE9 in first day downloads, and Adam Turner compares internet radio to digital radio.

Also tonight, App of the Week and a competition!

App of the week:


MetroView Australia GPS Navigation by MetroView Systems

The GPS market is full of similar devices which cost hundreds of dollars .. this app cost me only $18.99 It has all the features of a turn by turn GPS, is simply to use, more accurate than a Garman, Tom Tom & Navman I have trialled, integrates easily with the iphone, monitors speed by alerting you if you go over the limit (in particular in school areas where the speed is reduced only at certain times), no ongoing subscription costs, FREE to use after initial purchase. And, it is Australian made.

Available for iPhone