OECD calls for cooperation on spam

Governments around the world were urged to cooperate more in their fight against the proliferation of spam, or unsolicited e-mail, at a conference Monday organized by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Written by Paul Meller03 Feb. 04 08:23

ACS calls for government open source mandate

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) is calling for the federal government and the opposition to put in place policies that support open source software in an effort to boost the creation of local IT jobs in Australia and reduce what it estimates as a $14 billion ICT trade deficit.

Written by Julian Bajkowski02 Feb. 04 08:03

Farmers milk RFID for its full-cream data value

If images of picturesque rural settings and grazing sheep come to mind when you think of farming today then think again. IT has revolutionised this industry in regional Victoria where dairy farmers are using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags, handheld devices and robots.

Written by Sandra Rossi29 Jan. 04 09:34

Federal IT policy heads for bipartisan paralysis

Information technology policy has sunk into pre-budget and pre-election paralysis at government and opposition levels. Communications and IT Minister Daryl Williams is refusing to guarantee any future funding for the National Office of the Information Economy (NOIE) - at exactly the same time as the opposition revealed plans to abolish NOIE altogether.

Written by Julian Bajkowski28 Jan. 04 13:42

Employment dept smartens up security

Leading the trend to combine both IT and physical security the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR) has rolled out a million-dollar smartcard solution to more than 2000 employees.

Written by Sandra Rossi21 Jan. 04 09:56

Big vendors lead leap to Linux

Miami-Dade County's government operations have around 15,000 users, and the county's IT officials would love nothing more than to cut licensing costs by adopting a Linux desktop strategy.

Written by Patrick Thibodeau19 Jan. 04 15:39

Garbee says Debian has a place in society

Governments in countries without strong IT infrastructure or skills are utilising free and open source software as part of a comprehensive plan to “boot strap” the populace into technology, a leading Linux representative has claimed.

Written by Nadia Cameron16 Jan. 04 14:23

Treasurer wades into Telstra's offshore jobs row

The federal treasurer Peter Costello has fired a shot across Telstra's bows over the redeployment of 450 IBM code-cutting positions at Telstra to India, urging Telstra (and presumably IBM) to examine all options very carefully before axing the positions.

Written by Julian Bajkowski15 Jan. 04 10:21

CSIRO brings open source data mining to business

With Linux and open source software, CSIRO’s mathematical and information sciences division is now able to model information for business benefit without relying on proprietary software, according to principal computer scientist for enterprise data mining Dr Graham Willliams.

Written by Rodney Gedda15 Jan. 04 07:19

MPs preach open standards for government IT

A move to open source and away from proprietary information management systems will help government departments avoid steep maintenance fees and increase the longevity of data, members of the ACT and South Australian parliaments said at the Linux open source in government conference in Adelaide.

Written by Rodney Gedda13 Jan. 04 16:41

Israeli govt snubs Microsoft, moves to open source software

Microsoft Corp. is continuing efforts to sell software upgrades to the Israeli government, despite its recent decision to stop buying Microsoft applications in protest over the Redmond, Washington, company's sales policies.

Written by Gillian Law07 Jan. 04 07:26

Canberra's RTA drives $6m system overhaul

Two years in the making, rego.act, Canberra's $6 million vehicle registration and driver licensing project, scales to 600 concurrent users and gives the public 24x7 access to the ACT's Road Transport Authority's business transaction processing.

Written by Helen Han12 Dec. 03 08:46

ACT passes open source law

The Australian Capital Territory has become the first Australian jurisdiction to mandate the consideration of open source software for government entities after a bill proposed by ACT Democrats leader Roslyn Dundas was passed into law overnight.

Written by Rodney Gedda11 Dec. 03 09:24

Fed security site offers Linux download

If gentlemen prefer blondes then, it would appear, intelligence agencies prefer Linux. Or at least so it would seem judging by downloads on offer at OnSecure, a joint portal of the highly secretive signals intelligence collection agency the Defence Signals Directorate and the spam-busting National Office of the Information Economy.

Written by Julian Bajkowski10 Dec. 03 09:01

E-business boosts govt coffers

Revenues are booming for the state's premier collection agency which has had an 800 per cent growth in electronic business in the past 12 months.

Written by Sandra Rossi10 Dec. 03 08:03

Govt goes it alone on security reporting scheme

In its latest move to protect critical infrastructure, the federal government yesterday launched a secure Web site to report information security attacks, but the initiative has raised the ire of Australia's Computer Emergency Response Team (AusCert) which has spent the last two years establishing a national reporting and alert system with a broad membership base.

Written by Sandra Rossi04 Dec. 03 12:28

UTS inks comms research partnership

University of Technology Sydney (UTS) has signed a global research partnership with Alcatel in a bid to increase local R&D and commercialisation activity, according to the director of the Institute for Information & Communication Technologies Professor John Hughes.

Written by Rodney Gedda04 Dec. 03 10:52

Australia passes anti-spam bill

The Australian Senate has given the final nod of approval to the Spam Act 2003 following a move to nix Labor and Democrat amendments in the House of Representatives earlier in the week.

Written by Jennifer O'Brien03 Dec. 03 12:22

India hits back on outsourcing job fears

The Indian government went on the offensive last week on the contentious issue of the loss of US and European jobs to India due to outsourcing.

Written by John Ribeiro02 Dec. 03 07:30

UK to consider national biometric ID cards, database

U.K. government is set to consider legislation next year for the establishment of compulsory biometric identity cards and a central database of all U.K. subjects, it was announced by the government last week.

Written by Laura Rohde01 Dec. 03 07:12
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