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Encryption laws need judicial oversight: INSLM

The power to issue and authorise encryption-busting notices needs to be taken away from agency heads and the government and vested in a new judicial oversight body, the government’s...

New OAIC investigation into Clearview AI

The Australian Privacy Commissioner has officially launched an investigation into controversial facial recognition tool Clearview AI. Clearview AI, based in the US and founded by an Australian, offers a...

Five years of innovation policy reporting

When InnovationAus started publishing a weekly newsletter five years ago this week, Tony Abbott was the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull was the Communications Minister and Scott Morrison was the...

Oovvuu’s hits WordPress for global reach

Australian startup Oovvuu, which uses AI to deliver context appropriate video content to accompany news stories, has been made a global technology partner by WordPress VIP, a move that...

DTA consultant contracts running super hot

McKinsey has won a near-$1 million contract to assist with a new visa processing platform being developed by the Digital Transformation Agency, following a failed attempt to outsource the...

Deloitte to deliver R&D tax incentive platform

A new platform for the delivery of the federal government’s research and development tax incentive will be launched next year, with consulting giant Deloitte landing a $1 million contract...

Privacy office calls for data sharing fix

The federal government’s privacy office has called for changes to legislation facilitating data-sharing agreements with other countries in order to protect the personal data of Australians. Australia Information and...

Massive win for the local tech industry

The New South Wales government signed a whole of government purchasing arrangement with Vault Cloud on Tuesday, the first such arrangement with a home-grown sovereign technology provider by any...

Govt finally backs sovereign cloud capability

Foreign cloud companies such as Amazon and Microsoft would be restricted from handling certain government data sets as part of a new government plan following concerns over the security...

DTA to build new visa processing platform

The Digital Transformation Agency has been handed responsibility for developing a new visa processing system after a botched attempt to contract this job to the private sector which cost...

NSW sets new tech procurement terms

The NSW Government is expected to introduce minimum participation levels for local companies in large-scale public sector technology projects to ensure it gets maximum impact from its $1.6 billion...

Australia falls behind on R&D recovery

Australia is “in danger of being left behind” as most other developed nations place R&D investment at the centre of their COVID-19 economic recoveries, UTS Innovation Council chair Professor...

Digital tender platform’s teething issues

The government’s new digital tender platform is experiencing teething issues during its first public use, forcing a delay to applications for suppliers on the cloud marketplace. It was announced...

Accelerating hypersonic research in Aust

Like quantum computing or fusion energy generation, for a long time hypersonics has jokingly been described as a technology of the future which will always be a technology of...