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Australia backs copyright crackdown in TPP

By Rohan Pearce | 17 October, 2014 14:20

Leaked details of Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) negotiations reveal that Australia is pushing an approach to copyright enforcement in the region that appears to ignore broader public interest concerns in favour of the supporting rights owners.

Curriculum review falls short on ICT, says ACS

By Rohan Pearce | 13 October, 2014 13:18

The Australian Computer Society hit out at a recommendation of the government-commissioned review of the Australian school curriculum that the 'technologies' subject should be introduced at Year 9 as an elective for students.

Microsoft goes for government with Azure

By Rohan Pearce | 07 October, 2014 08:30

As the official launch of Microsoft's local region for its Azure cloud computing approaches, the vendor has announced the completion of an Industry Security Registered Assessors Program (IRAP) audit.

Why GE Australia wants to invest in software innovation

By Rohan Pearce | 02 October, 2014 08:00

GE Australia CIO Mark Sheppard has pitched the creation of a local ‘software centre of excellence’ to GE's global CEO, Jeff Immelt, as part of a process of the conglomerate devolving more software development to regional subsidiaries.

Senate rejects attempt to limit ASIO hacking powers

By Rohan Pearce | 25 September, 2014 14:14

The Senate has rejected an attempt by the Greens to impose a limit on the number of devices that can be covered by a single computer access warrant obtained by ASIO.

Defence data centre overhaul gets tick of approval

By Rohan Pearce | 10 September, 2014 10:31

Defence minister David Johnston has backed a large-scale overhaul of Department of Defence's ICT services and infrastructure, confirming today that the Centralised Processing Project will be managed by Lockheed Martin.

Website blocking ineffective, dangerous in piracy fight: Google

By Rohan Pearce | 09 September, 2014 12:57

If the government introduces a system that allows rights holders to force ISPs to block access to piracy websites, more ASIC-style debacles are likely to occur, Google has warned.

Coles planning to outsource IT: Report

By Rohan Pearce | 02 September, 2014 15:20

Some IT staff will lose their jobs in a round of cuts at Coles' Melbourne head office, according to a media report.

Cloud computing: Potential, pitfalls for people with disabilities

By Rohan Pearce | 22 August, 2014 08:00

Cloud computing can help empower people with disabilities by offering increased independence and opportunities to participate in the workforce, according to a new report.

Data retention: iiNet pushes targeted alternative to mass surveillance

By Rohan Pearce | 13 August, 2014 12:38

Targeted "preservation notices" issued under the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act together with stored communications warrants offer an alternative to the mass surveillance dragnet implied by a mandatory data retention scheme, according to Internet service provider iiNet.

Data retention's 'chilling effect' on free speech

By Rohan Pearce | 07 August, 2014 11:49

Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson has warned that implementing mandatory data retention laws may deleterious effect on free speech in Australia.

Woolworths sees future in hybrid cloud

By Rohan Pearce | 01 August, 2014 14:27

Woolworths is using converged infrastructure as the foundation of a transition to private cloud, but the the ultimate destination will be a hybrid setup that leverages multiple public clouds, the supermarket chain’s infrastructure chief, Matt Chamley, today told the Sydney leg of EMC Forum 2014.

Shared services org eyes cloud for production — eventually

By Rohan Pearce | 24 July, 2014 15:41

The Shared Services Centre, established to provide IT and corporate services to the federal departments of education and employment, is interested in eventually expanding its use of cloud services to cover production systems, according to Susan Monkley, its CIO and deputy CEO.

NSW revamps open data repository

By Rohan Pearce | 22 July, 2014 11:19

The New South Wales government has launched a revamped open data repository.

Finish line approaches for Hyundai virtual desktop rollout

By Rohan Pearce | 18 July, 2014 14:55

Hyundai's Australian subsidiary is close to completing a company-wide VDI rollout. Head of IT at Hyundai Motor Company Australia, Bala Kothandaraman, said that virtual desktops had been rolled out to around 45 per cent of the organisation's 200 end users, with the remainder to transition in two months.