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Intellectual Property

Andrew Colley
September 30, 2019
Tech innovators will continue to face legal uncertainty when claiming intellectual property rights over their endeavors after the Federal Court handed down a l...

AA Bill

Denham Sadler
September 30, 2019
The government’s independent security monitor has extended its inquiry into the highly controversial encryption laws after receiving just 15 submissions ...

Policy

James Riley
September 27, 2019
Australia has continued its slide down the digital readiness rankings, falling one place to 14th in a comparative study of 63 countries. The downward trend is ...

Policy

Denham Sadler
September 26, 2019
The scrapping of a fast-tracked patent scheme would be a “death blow for SME innovation” and the federal government’s justifications for the ...

Policy

James Riley
September 25, 2019
Business leader and Australian icon Kim Williams has turned his attention to the powerful forces of digital disruption and its significant impact on business a...

Open Banking

Denham Sadler
September 25, 2019
Ten FinTechs have been selected to take part as guinea pigs in testing of the open banking scheme before its official launch at the start of next year. The ...

Platforms

Denham Sadler
September 25, 2019
Tech giants Facebook and Microsoft have launched an independent organisation to combat online radicalisation and violent terrorist content and “thwart in...

Trade

Denham Sadler
September 24, 2019
Australian and US government officials will hold high-level discussions in Washington later this year to develop a critical minerals action plan in an effort t...

Data61+Live

James Riley
September 24, 2019
CSIRO chairman David Thodey has cautioned government and business alike against tightening research and innovation budgets in the face of Australia’s som...

Space

Denham Sadler
September 23, 2019
The $150 million federal play to involve Australian companies in American missions to the moon and Mars has been cautiously welcomed by local space firms, with...

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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