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Digital

James Riley
October 17, 2019
On a big day of movements at the digital transformation end of the public sector in Australia, NSW Customer Service secretary Glenn King has left the public se...

TOLA

Denham Sadler
October 17, 2019
A major review into the government’s controversial new encryption powers has been pushed back by nearly six months after the independent security monitor...

Precincts

James Riley
October 17, 2019
The NSW Government is seeking  feedback on its proposed 24-hectare Central Precinct development, and for the first time has made public its rezoning and de...

Science

James Riley
October 17, 2019
A team from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research has taken the top innovation gong at the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science for its ...

Intellectual Property

Denham Sadler
October 16, 2019
The government’s controversial plan to abolish innovation patents has been approved by Parliament, in a move branded “very disappointing” and...

Skilled migration

Denham Sadler
October 16, 2019
The federal government’s controversial plan to privatise parts of the visa processing system would lead to greater data security risks and could adversel...

Public Security

Denham Sadler
October 14, 2019
A public hearing into the federal government’s highly controversial facial recognition database plans has been cancelled at the last minute. The Parli...

Cybersecurity

Denham Sadler
October 14, 2019
The Australian government has a “right to call out” China on cybersecurity attacks and intellectual property theft, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dut...

Creative industries

Jay Grant
October 14, 2019
There has been a tectonic shift in the $200 billion global film industry and it is not being talked about. Digitisation has created three waves of transform...

Cyber Policy

Denham Sadler
October 11, 2019
The federal government must reinstate the position of Minister for Cybersecurity as part of the updated 2020 national Cyber Security Strategy, the Opposition a...

Identity

Denham Sadler
September 19, 2019
The federal government has begun the process of opening up its digital identity project to the private sector, with hopes the big banks will buy into the contr...

Research

James Riley
September 18, 2019
The Defence Science and Technology unit will fund a consortium of four local universities to work with counterparts in the US on developing a next-generation o...

Identity

Denham Sadler
September 18, 2019
Victoria will be the first state to test the federal government’s controversial national facial recognition database, but access to the biometric data wi...

Management

Denham Sadler
September 18, 2019
Australian boardrooms have not recognised the “urgent need to prioritise innovation” and were lagging the rest of the world in coming to grips with...

Policy

Denham Sadler
September 17, 2019
The legal foundations of the controversial robodebt scheme will be tested in court as part of a new class action lawsuit that will argue the government’s...

Policy

James Riley
September 17, 2019
The federal Industry department has quietly created a new Digital Economy and Technology division within AusIndustry, falling under deputy secretary Elizabeth ...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
September 16, 2019
The federal government needs to step up and stop the exploitation of Australian gig economy workers by global tech companies, the Transport Workers Union has s...

Science

David McClure
September 16, 2019
Like electricity, artificial intelligence (AI) is a general purpose technology that has the potential to drastically alter societies through its impact on econ...

Cybersecurity

Denham Sadler
September 16, 2019
The federal government should make a routine of publicly attributing nation-state cyber attacks rather than leaving it to media leaks, according to ASPI’...

Policy

Denham Sadler
September 16, 2019
The competition watchdog’s landmark Digital Platforms Inquiry report does not understand the tech industry and has the potential to “adversely im...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
September 16, 2019
A senate committee has been formed to conduct a year-long inquiry into the Australian FinTech and RegTech industries as potential areas for further reform, wit...

Digital

Denham Sadler
September 12, 2019
Tech giants Google and Facebook have accused the Australian competition watchdog of going beyond its remit in its 18-month inquiry into digital platforms, and ...

Policy

Denham Sadler
September 11, 2019
The federal government needs to abandon its “sloppy and dangerous” facial recognition scheme that would impact the freedoms of all Australians, acc...

Digital ID

Denham Sadler
September 11, 2019
The Queensland government has retained the services of American multinational tech firm Unisys to deliver its facial recognition and biometric solution. Uni...

Policy

Denham Sadler
September 11, 2019
The federal government’s $50 million advanced manufacturing fund for SMEs is now open for business, with grants of up to $1 million on offer for technolo...

Policy

James Riley
September 11, 2019
Australia’s tech sector – specifically its information and communication technology industry – is about half the size of its global peers as ...

Startups

James Riley
September 11, 2019
Sydney-based quantum computing startup Q-CTRL has completed a $22 million Series A funding round (US$15 million) led by Australia’s largest venture firm ...

Intellectual Property

Denham Sadler
September 9, 2019
The federal government’s plan to abolish the innovation patent system shows a “disturbing lack of understanding” of the business world and ma...

Data Policy

Denham Sadler
September 9, 2019
The federal government has earmarked $15 million to create a national disability dataset, on the back of plans to introduce a consent-free public sector data s...

Cybersecurity

James Riley
September 9, 2019
The government’s discussion paper seeking community views ahead of a landmark 2020 National Cyber Security Strategy paints a picture of a dramaticall...
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