Further spyware controls under consideration

The federal government may consider a range of further curbs to regulate the use of so-called spyware, but will look for pragmatic solutions from the corporate sector, public interest groups and IT vendors rather than take a legal stick to the problem.

Written by Julian Bajkowski09 June 05 11:21

PC report card slams poor disposal standards

Tech buyers should buy the more environmentally-friendly products such as HP and Dell, ahead of less ecologically-aware computers, according to a PC report card released this week.

Written by Staff Writers09 June 05 08:26

Abetz backs privacy overhaul

The man in charge of enforcing whole-of-government IT cohesion, Special Minister of State Senator Eric Abetz, has publicly backed calls from Federal Privacy Commissioner Karen Curtis for a wider review of Australia's privacy laws.

Written by Julian Bajkowski06 June 05 14:27

Neville vacates NICTA chair for... Neville

National ICT Australia's (NICTA) founding chairman Neville Roach has announced his resignation and will be replaced by deputy chairman Neville Stevens.

Written by Computerworld Staff01 June 05 09:46

Research collapse sours IT jobs lift

Unemployment amongst IT professionals in the research and development and education sectors has nearly tripled in the last two years, taking the gloss off a wider IT jobs recovery.

Written by Julian Bajkowski31 May 05 08:05

Coonan board cold shoulders overseas vendors

Overseas vendors seeking to influence government IT and communications policy have been publicly frozen out of the policy-making loop, with IT and Communications Minister Senator Helen Coonan opting for a blend of research and business brains in the selection of her ICT Advisory Board.

Written by Julian Bajkowski26 May 05 08:43

Feds launch e-research committee

The federal government has formed an e-research coordinating committee, which is part of a $1 billion commitment to improve research infrastructure.

Written by Computerworld Staff24 May 05 09:14

Privacy law review tells feds to go it alone

The biggest review to date of Australia's privacy laws has recommended the federal government consider legislating over the top of the states, and finds the current legal situation to be inconsistent, fails in its objectives and negatively impacts on business efficiency.

Written by Julian Bajkowski19 May 05 08:40

Qld government inks utilities deal

LogicaCMG has won a deal with the Queensland government to design, build and operate the state's gas and electricity certificate registry.

Written by Computerworld Staff18 May 05 12:09

AG slammed over Workplace Surveillance Bill

The Australian Privacy Federation has lambasted the NSW Workplace Surveillance Bill, stating that it merely creates a headache for employers and workers and the NSW Attorney General has not kept a promise to protect workers' privacy.

Written by Michael Crawford18 May 05 12:04

CSIRO vows to defend US vendor IP raid

Australia's government science organization, the CSIRO has vowed it will defend its international property rights to the hilt following a major legal attack over a patent from multinational wireless networking players Microsoft, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Apple and Netgear.

Written by Julian Bajkowski18 May 05 11:28

NT govt eyes Linux in $35M desktop overhaul

Northern Territory's department of corporate and information systems (DCIS) has issued a white paper requesting proposals for its second generation whole of government desktop outsourcing contract which includes provisions for an open source solution.

Written by Rodney Gedda11 May 05 11:14

Budget 2005 - winners and losers

In what is likely to be his last Budget between the Prime Minister's office or the back bench, Treasurer Peter Costello has bet the farm on a series of across-the-board tax cuts, backed by an ambitious series of welfare reforms where big picture IT simply does not figure - at least not for this year.
IT Minister Helen Coonan's portfolio is marginally poorer, while security agencies including the Department of Immigration and Attorney have walked away with significant funding boosts for biometrics, identity management and data-drilling.

Written by Julian Bajkowski11 May 05 08:28

Qld government inks content management deal

The Queensland government has awarded a whole of government contract to LogicaCMG and enterprise content management provider Hummingbird.

Written by Computerworld Staff10 May 05 12:25

Immigration database silent on 10,000 visas

Australia's immigration authorities, either unable or unwilling to provide details on the origins of 10,000 migrants issued temporary work visas based on their ICT skills, have conveniently blamed their database for the problem.

Written by Julian Bajkowski10 May 05 07:43

Victorian government elects open source for e-democracy platform

An inquiry into the potential of e-democracy in Victoria has recommended Internet broadcasting for parliament, the use of videoconferencing for parliamentary committees and the use of open source code for electronic voting kiosks.

Written by Michael Crawford06 May 05 14:33