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NSW gig economy guide ‘penned by Uber’

New guidelines from the NSW government aimed at improving safety in the gig economy may as well have been penned by Uber and ignore the compounding pressures leading to...

FOI exemption on data sharing queried

The privacy watchdog has urged the government to reverse its plan to exempt any information sent under its new data-sharing scheme from Freedom of Information requests. Legislation introducing a...

Boycotting the Industry minister is a terrible idea

That the tech sector should somehow disengage from industry policy because it is unhappy with Christian Porter’s appointment as the new Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science is a...

‘Unethical’: NDIS participants ‘lured’ into trials

NDIS participants, including some with intellectual disabilities, were “lured” into participating in trials of the controversial new independent assessments with “scam-like” text messages, former NDIS Technology Authority chief Marie...

Mine giant moves manufacturing to Victoria

Global mining firm Conymet Duratray International will set up a new manufacturing facility and global headquarters in Victoria, onshoring overseas manufacturing functions and establishing a new ‘innovation division’. Founded...

Funding issues put Archives’ records at risk

Digital information held by the National Archives of Australia will “likely” be lost without upgrades to its ICT and digital capabilities, the agency has warned. In a submission to...

MMI fund opens for recycling and clean energy

Recycling and clean energy projects are now eligible for grants from the government’s $1.3 billion manufacturing fund, with a 10-year roadmap for the sector also released. The addition of...

Tech giants may get friendlier defamation laws

Tech giants might get a friendlier defamation regime in Australia, with the options being canvassed by a significant review including a safe harbour scheme or blanket immunity similar to...

Privacy watchdog probes Facebook data dump

The privacy watchdog is conducting initial inquiries into the latest Facebook data leak which exposed the personal information of 553 million users, including 7.3 million Australians. A user in...

DFAT cyber strategy delayed by ‘busy’ parliament

The government is still yet to publish Australia’s 2020 international cyber engagement strategy, four months past its scheduled release and three and a half years on from the inaugural...

ServicesAus’ tech systems made robodebt worse

The federal government continued to recover money from welfare recipients despite admitting its robodebt scheme was “legally insufficient,” in part because its IT systems were not up to scratch,...

Danger lurks in organisations’ hunger for data

Organisations across the board are slow to recognise that the data that is now fundamental to their operations has also opened them up to huge risks and vulnerabilities. As...

Food manufacturing’s growth moment

Australia’s food and agribusiness growth centre has welcomed commitments from both the government and Labor to provide additional support to Australia’s largest single manufacturing sector as it aims to...

Govt mulls ID points to use for social media

The federal government is considering requiring identification checks for the use of social media platforms as part of its broader big tech crackdown, a proposal which has been rejected...