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Michael Sainsbury
October 13, 2015
When news emerged late last month that Australia’s greatest software success story, Atlassian, planned to list on the New York Stock Exchange there was some gn...
David Havyatt
October 13, 2015
Regulation is often cast as one of the major impediments to innovation. Normally the concern is about regulation that impedes market entry, but the ACCC and...
Michael Sainsbury
October 12, 2015
Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has used her visit to San Francisco for the annual bilateral foreign and defence talks known as AUSMIN to underscore ...
James Riley
October 6, 2015
At the end of the 19th Century, Australia had the best living standards in the world, having enjoyed decades of unprecedented economic growth. It was a magnet ...
Beverley Head
October 6, 2015
When Facebook Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg, wrote in the Wall St Journal last week that it would take women 100 years to achieve gender equality in...
Elaine McFadden
October 2, 2015
Rewriting one’s business is no easy feat. And it can make or break a company, especially when it comes to rewriting the entire technology that company is based...
James Riley
September 29, 2015
If Bill Shorten didn’t already know what it feels like to get gazumped, he certainly does now. The Federal Government has moved in the past two weeks from havi...
Michael Sainsbury
September 29, 2015
There is intensifying competition between the world’s two largest economies in the technology sector. Part of this competition is overt – with Chinese tech and...
Graeme Philipson
September 29, 2015
The merger of telcos M2 and Vocus comes as no surprise. It is the latest of many mergers and acquisitions in Australian telecommunications, and makes perfect s...
Graeme Philipson
September 24, 2015
The lines are forming on the battleground of the 21st century. Cyber security is emerging as a major point of tension between nations, and as a significant are...

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...
James Riley
October 14, 2019
Proposed changes to the governance structure at the Australian Computer Society are headed for a rough ride as senior members launch a campaign against the cor...

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...

Data Policy

Denham Sadler
October 11, 2019
Australia’s recently passed encryption laws may undermine the federal government’s hopes of securing a data-sharing deal with the United States, a ...

Startups

James Riley
October 10, 2019
Four years after it was unveiled as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda, the CSIRO is preparing to shutter its $20 million entrepreneur-focused ...

Encryption

Denham Sadler
October 9, 2019
The Australian government has ramped up its fight against the big global tech companies and the various encryption services the offer as part of a push to pres...

Data Policy

James Riley
October 9, 2019
The federal government has begun negotiating a new data-sharing agreement with the US,  amid concerns about whether the recently passed encryption laws wi...

Research

Denham Sadler
October 9, 2019
The government-imposed staffing cap at its primary science agency has put innovation “under threat”, according to the Opposition. The Coalition&...

TelcoLand

October 9, 2019
The government has no idea how to move the NBN forward if the Communication Minister Paul Fletcher’s speech at the CEDA conference last month is any indi...

Cybersecurity

Denham Sadler
October 8, 2019
A prominent US national security whistleblower who had his speech at a government-sponsored cybersecurity conference in Melbourne cancelled – along with ...

Digital Platforms

Denham Sadler
October 4, 2019
The Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman has called on government to expand its remit to include complaints about Facebook and Google so it can provide &ldquo...

Research

James Riley
October 4, 2019
Australia’s home-grown technology sector is half the size of our global peers as a percentage of gross domestic product, four times smaller than the US (...

Outsourcing

Denham Sadler
October 3, 2019
Outsourcing public sector work and calling in the contractors is often a “timely, cost-effective” option made necessary by the staffing cap and a l...

Research

Denham Sadler
October 3, 2019
The federal government’s arbitrary cap on public sector employee numbers is “severely undermining” its science and innovation efforts, accord...

Industry policy

Denham Sadler
October 2, 2019
The federal government is preparing to hand out $182 million to potential partners to help deliver and promote its Entrepreneurs’ Programme after a signi...

Cybersecurity

Denham Sadler
October 1, 2019
A number of Victorian hospitals have been hit by a “serious cyber incident”, with patient records and information still inaccessible and entire sys...
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