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Landing Pads: a startup shoestring

Austrade is firmly in charge of the five ‘landing pads’ that have been a centre of attention in Malcolm Turnbull’s National Innovation and Science Agenda. But government has so...

IP issues loom in ChAFTA upside

While Australia’s newly-appointed Special Envoy for Trade is singing the upside of ChAFTA for local services firms, he concedes IP issues remain a tricky issue for tech. But Andrew...

Business as usual an R&D tax target

A recent ruling over whether a drug trial carried out under contract was a new knowledge generating activity for R&D tax incentive purposes has implications for all contracted tech...

Stone & Chalk flags cyber security lab

The head of fintech hub Stone & Chalk has announced it will take the lead in developing a cyber security research lab in Australia, to “nurture and grow a...

China tech and the five-year-plan

For all the talk from China’s leaders these past two-and-a half-years of economic reforms that will allow the market and private enterprise to have a larger role in the...

Lifestyle Disparity for Ninja Girl

How would you like to work from home in a beautiful coastal resort area, designing computer games for a living? Not shoot-‘em-up type games, but ‘serious games’ about resilience...

Time is up on the Digital Economy

Time has probably run out for the Turnbull Government to make good on its 2013 election promise to provide an update to the National Digital Economy Strategy. There had been...

GovCMS is dead, long live GovCMS

“Stand down, fellow citizens. I have returned from the Digital Transformation Office with peace in our time. The Drupal wars have been averted.” Content management systems are not exciting....

Startups hostage to rent seekers

Innovation Nation is a great slogan – but it rings hollow if startups and entrepreneurs don’t have anywhere to camp, which is increasingly the case in Sydney. It’s a...

Cyber warfare: getting policy right

Australia’s latest Defence White Paper isn’t doing enough to address the innovation that is cyber warfare. Wars are won by innovators; be that innovation in strategy, technology or both. Innovations...

Redback cranks Aussie battery tech

Solar and other forms of renewable energy have been in the news recently. Much of the attention has been on the Government’s equivocation on Australia’s renewable energy target, and...

Rebalancing the R&D tax scheme

Australia’s new Chief Scientist and deputy chair of Innovation and Science Australia Alan Finkel has outlined a compelling case for increasing Government’s direct investment in business R&D as a...

Infrastructure Aust urges NBN push

In the latest Australian Infrastructure Plan it was easy to be distracted by its recommendations on privatising assets, including the NBN. It wasn’t the only reference in the plan....

Open data gets location boost

There is a real-world aphorism that tells us the three most important contributors to a successful business is location, location and location. It turns out this is equally true...