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5G fight: NBN is on its own

Australia’s competition watchdog has a clear message to the NBN for its upcoming battle against 5G: You’re on your own. In a speech to the RadComms 2018 conference, ACCC...

LaunchVic slams encryption bill

The Victorian government’s independent innovation agency has raised serious concerns about the federal government’s controversial encryption bill, saying it would “greatly threaten” Australian startups and have a “deleterious effect”...

Survey wars: A murky tale

Three significant surveys of the Australian startup sector have been released in the last week, with each painting a very different picture of the small industry. The contrasting results...

Qld govt funds new AI hub

The Queensland government has pledged seed funding for a new artificial intelligence hub being built to address the skills shortage in the tech sector. As part of its $650...

In support of mandatory data

It must be getting close to time where we collectively reassess the way the nation surveys the growth or otherwise of the tech sector to ensure Australians are getting...

Fleet meets NZ space deadline

Adelaide-based Internet of Things company Fleet Space Technologies will launch the first Australian commercial satellite into space from New Zealand in November in a result that was organised in...

Gone phishin’: New OAIC report

More than two data breaches are being reported by Australian companies each day, with phishing attacks on the rise, according to the latest Office of the Australian Information Commissioner...

Larry Marshall on startup bingo

Too much attention is given to tech startups in Australia while successful, potentially lucrative science-based companies are often ignored, according to CSIRO chief Larry Marshall. At a senate estimates...

Vic Libs signal innovation chief

The Victorian opposition will create a new government role of a chief innovation officer to “drive commercialisation” if it wins next month’s state election. Somewhat strangely, the Victorian Liberal...

Where to now for cyber policy?

It is clear that 2018 has been a watershed year for cyber security across the public sector. The federal government cyber apparatus been substantially restructured, and the philosophical thinking...

Data Republic on de-identification

Balancing the demands of privacy and innovation is not impossible, according to Data Republic co-founder Danny Gilligan, and he is out to prove it. Data Republic has just launched...

Look beyond cyber audits: ASD

Damning audits of government departments and agencies do not paint the full picture of the state of play in public sector cyber security, according to Australian Signals Directorate chief...

Piracy bill is a hallucinogen: Husic

The government’s new crackdown on online piracy is a “regulatory hallucinogen” that does not address the real issue, while further copyright reform is needed to promote innovation, according to...

Heritage list may nix Apple plan

A likely heritage listing could derail the Victorian government plan to help tech giant Apple to establish a “flagship” store at Federation Square. Heritage Victoria late last week confirmed...