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Tech lessons from our summer of crises

Australia should adopt an emergency mass communications system similar to what is used in the US to better manage future crises, according to Blackberry IoT Solutions managing director David...

ICU ventilators: why it’s hard to make more

Around the world, people are racing to design and manufacture much-needed ventilators to address a global lack of supply. One New York hospital has reportedly attempted treating two patients per ventilator...

Dealing With Disruption: A Digital Nudge

Way back in 2016, the SAP Institute for Digital Government (SIDG) collaborated with the Australian National University (ANU) on the topic of ‘The Digital Nudge in Social Security Administration‘....

Myriota closes $28m Series B round

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has invested in Adelaide space startup Myriota as it looks to expand its “critical” satellite IoT technology around the world during a time of...

DTA hiring spree for ‘secret’ digital product

The Digital Transformation Agency has embarked on a hiring spree for a new team to work on a mysterious project to develop a “national citizen facing digital platform”. The...

Global data-sharing deal ‘deeply flawed’

Legislation paving the way for a data-sharing deal with the US is “deeply flawed” and provides a “framework for future abuse”, according to the Australian Privacy Foundation. The Parliamentary...

Biotech gets boost with CSIRO investment

Australia’s biotechnology industries are set to benefit in the long term with a federal government decision to reverse years of declining support for CSIRO. The government announced on Saturday...

2020 cyber strategy to address COVID-19

The revamped Australian Government Cyber Security Strategy will address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it is unclear when policy re-write will be released. The Department of Home...

Govt to step in on patent problems

Crown use of patents will be invoked by the federal government where it is necessary to allow local manufacturers to rapidly ramp up the production of essential medical equipment,...

Aussie workplace thermal test unveiled

Brisbane based technology and services company Bigmate has developed a thermal-imaging solution which can immediately detect elevated temperatures of people entering or leaving their workplaces in real time. Known...

From makerspace to manufacturing

A rapid-prototyping co-working facility in Melbourne has developed face shields for frontline medical workers amid emerging shortages in the health system, pivoting to full-blown manufacturing operation. FAB9 founder and...

Rebel’s bid for a seat at the ACS table

The tech industry veteran who led a rebel campaign against the executive team at the Australian Computer Society over the mismanagement of a corporate restructure is now seeking a...

Sydney Startup Hub gets a rent lifeline

Co-working businesses operating inside the $35 million Sydney Startup Hub have been thrown a state government lifeline in the form of a six-month rent holiday to keep them viable...

Startup lobby never wastes a good crisis

At a time when it seems the whole world needs a bridging loan to get through to the other side of the COVID-19 crisis, a new tech sector lobby...