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‘Vital’ data sharing deal with US delayed

Legislation paving the way for Australia to enter into an expedited data-sharing deal with the US has been delayed, despite the federal government saying it was “vital” that it...

Digital ID service security risk: Researchers

Security researchers have advised Australians not to use the federal government’s digital identity service after authorities refused to fix a crucial design flaw they had discovered. Thinking Cybersecurity chief...

Francis Gurry on the rise of protectionism

World Intellectual Property Organisation director general Francis Gurry reckons the world is facing a rise in country-level threats to open innovation in science and technology that has the potential...

Michelle Simmons joins CSIRO board

Quantum physicist and 2018 Australian of the Year Michelle Simmons has been appointed to the board of the CSIRO for a five-year term, brought on board the national science...

Govt cut ABC and SBS from tech news code: Sims

It was the government’s decision to exclude the ABC and SBS from the news content bargaining code with Google and Facebook rather than the competition watchdog which designed the...

WIPO calls for shift to targeted tech recovery

As governments transition away from containment policies aimed at minimising the economic impact of the COVID pandemic and toward recovery, the World Intellectual Property Organisation is encouraging innovation-focused stimulus...

Govt unveils public sector data-sharing regime

The federal government has finally unveiled draft legislation outlining a new data-sharing regime for public sector information, which would involve far more data being shared across agencies and to...

A new model for innovation: Adrian Turner

Philanthropic organisations are able to mobilise capital and drive innovation to solve big, thorny problems in a way that governments cannot, according to Adrian Turner, the former CSIRO executive...

Time is now to back science and tech: Caples

Now is the time for Australian governments to invest heavily in science and research to stimulate the economic recovery and prepare the country for long-term growth, according to Victoria’s...

News ‘uneconomic’ under govt plan: Facebook

It would be uneconomical for Facebook to continue to allow news content on its platform in Australia if government goes ahead with its planned bargaining code, and publishers should...

Digital: How 5G will boost Big Industry

The acceleration of digital transformation across industries because of the COVID pandemic and the rapid build-out and adoption of 5G is having a huge impact on the way that...

Telstra rolls out anti-phishing pilot for feds

Telstra will roll out a program to block malicious text messages pretending to be from Services Australia agencies by the end of the year, with the federal government looking...

Another $2m spent on COVIDSafe app

The amount of government money provided to outside companies for development and maintenance work on the COVIDSafe contact tracing app has nearly doubled to $5 million, with new contracts...

Trust in govt surges through pandemic: Study

It has been a pretty safe bet, anecdotally at least, to say that trust in government has increased since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Researchers at Curtain University...