BlackBerries play politics

In Washington, the seat of U.S. government, participants spell out the language of the political process on the tiny keys of BlackBerries.

Written by Mark S. Sullivan13 Aug. 04 09:13

Boeing scores $66m Defence eavesdropping support deal

The Australian arm of Seattle-based aircraft and defence technologies behemoth Boeing has won a $66 million deal to provide technology Australia's foreign eavesdropping agency, the Defence Signals Directorate.

Written by Julian Bajkowski12 Aug. 04 13:51

Online power added to funeral formalities

A small landmark for “e-government” processes has been clocked up with the first online registration of a death in New Zealand.

Written by Stephen Bell11 Aug. 04 13:17

City of Vienna gives staff a Linux option

Next year, users of 7,500 of the 16,000 desktop workstations in the municipality of Vienna will have the choice of moving to Linux, according to Erwin Gillich, head of the city's information services. An evaluation of this test will follow in 2006.

Written by Roland Kissling11 Aug. 04 08:46

Senate report criticises Australia's broadband network

A Senate committee report on competition in high-speed Internet services has criticised the poor state of Australia's broadband network.
The Senate Broadband Inquiry Report said the copper network is at the end of its life and the government had done little to ensure Australia had a state of the art broadband network.

Written by Sandra Rossi11 Aug. 04 08:18

Mandla vows ACS reforms will continue

The president of the Australian Computer Society Edward Mandla vows he will continue to push hard for reform within the organization in an effort to re-establish political and industry clout for the ICT industry.

Written by Julian Bajkowski09 Aug. 04 08:00

Government banks on White-brand Linux apps

In the boldest manifestation of public sector insourcing in Australia to date, federal government agencies are developing their own open source-based applications and will make them available for re-use across the whole of government in the form of generic software application held in code banks.

Written by Julian Bajkowski04 Aug. 04 11:05

Monash works to streamline e-government data

Monash University's school of information management and systems wants to improve the use of meta data within electronic recordkeeping systems.

Written by Rodney Gedda03 Aug. 04 13:09

Telstra performance under renewed scrutiny

Less than a week after leaked documents revealed Telstra is struggling to keep its CDMA mobile network up to government mandated standards, the Australian Communications Authority (ACA) has announced it will review the telco's performance of priority phone fixes for customers with life-threatening medical conditions.

Written by Julian Bajkowski03 Aug. 04 09:55

Bagle bites deep at uni network

When the Bagle virus struck at the University of NSW last week it was forced to pull infected PCs off the network.

Written by Michael Crawford30 July 04 08:12

Newcastle Uni centralises content in $10.4m IT upgrade

University of Newcastle has installed a content management system (CMS) to drive inward and externally facing Web content as part of a major $10.4 million IT infrastructure overhaul commenced earlier this year.

Written by Julian Bajkowski27 July 04 08:23

Telstra to host collaborative research conference

Telstra will host a conference in Sydney on August 19 that will explore collaboration across the industry and academic sectors of ICT research in Australia.

Written by Computerworld Staff26 July 04 15:01

Black Pages bites the dust

A company offering to reverse-search Telstra's telephone directories has gone into liquidation following a Federal Court decision upholding Telstra's ownership of intellectual property rights over its telephone book listings.

Written by Julian Bajkowski20 July 04 11:10

Malaysia mandates open source

If Microsoft chairman Bill Gates thought he had worries about open source stealing market share from Microsoft in the Australian public sector, Malaysia has just proved to be a much bigger problem.

Written by Julian Bajkowski20 July 04 09:43

Coonan set to revisit telco legislation

The federal government will grind on with its so far frustrated plans to sell off Telstra, with Australia's third Communication IT and Arts (DCITA) minister, Senator Helen Coonan set to look at new ways to satisfy demands from stakeholders and minority powerbrokers.

Written by Julian Bajkowski20 July 04 09:38

New IT Minister starts with clear mind

The newly appointed IT and Communications Minister Helen Coonan plans to undertake widespread consultation with industry before making any firm policy decisions.

Written by Sandra Rossi16 July 04 08:10

IP Australia automates with Web services

Australia’s intellectual property governing body, IP Australia, has embarked on a world-leading Web services project that will enable electronic patent lodgement to reduce the amount of manual processing required.

Written by Rodney Gedda08 July 04 08:29
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