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AFP muscles up on cybercrime response

The Australian Federal Police has made cybercrime a central priority for 2020 and beyond, ratcheting up cybercrime operations as the force confronts COVID-themed cyberattacks, as well as an increase...

Sport, data, and an unspooling privacy problem

Australia has a chance to be ahead of the curve and get the settings right to prevent the further invasive collection of data in professional sport, according to Professor...

Digital the other great horizontal opportunity

The CSIRO’s COVID-19: Recovery and Resilience report published earlier this month is a great summary of the role of science and technology in creating value, and in identifying the...

ACS chief Johnson confirms departure

Australian Computer Society chief executive officer Andrew Johnson has confirmed he will leave the organisation next month, ending weeks of uncertainty over the future leadership of the society. Whether...

Digital and civil rights’ push for CLOUD Act changes

Australian civil and digital rights and legal groups have met with the US government to discuss the proposed expedited data-sharing deal between the two nations and push for better...

Brian Schmidt on the ANU’s 2018 cyber attack

The Australian National University’s Vice Chancellor Brian Schmidt talks about lessons learned after its devastating data breach in 2018 and explains why cybersecurity is everyone’s responsibility. It was just...

COVIDSafe data: 14 new contacts, none outside NSW

The federal government’s much-hyped contact tracing app has identified just 14 new close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases, and none outside of New South Wales, nearly six months after...

On NBN: History is always written by the victors

Today the Communications Minister announced a plan to bring ‘ultrafast broadband’ to millions of families and businesses and he welcomed the release of the NBN Co corporate plan demonstrating...

Govt NBN backflip is a missed opportunity

The government decision to support NBN Co’s $4.5 billion NBN upgrade to provide 75 per cent of fixed line premises with access to 1 Gbps connections by 2023 is...

The $3b NBN fibre upgrade we had to have

The government will upgrade half of Australia’s fibre-to-the-node NBN network to full fibre as part of a $3 billion plan to make faster internet more widely available, in what...

ACS intimidation campaign seeks to silence critics

The Australian Computer Society has threatened InnovationAus with legal action over this publication’s coverage of the ACS’ botched attempt at a restructure last year and the Federal Court debacle...

Israel accelerates to post-COVID innovation

A top-flight Israeli medical innovation centre has been crunching the development of leading edge COVID-19 related health projects from years down to weeks, including a rapid test kit that...

Govt unveils energy tech investment priorities

The federal government will focus the bulk of its investment aimed at reducing emissions in priority technologies like clean hydrogen and carbon capture rather than renewable energy technologies. Energy...

‘Vague’ digital ID framework is a problem

The framework governing the federal government’s $200 million digital identity program is “very vague” and “counter-intuitive” and more design flaws will likely be found, according to the security researcher...