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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

Legal risks of open source under scrutiny

The legal risks of adopting open source software may not be confined to intellectual property problems of the SCO-IBM type.

Written by Stephen Bell25 Nov. 03 08:42

Hannan grabs Victorian CIO role

Department of Defence CIO Patrick Hannan will trade his fatigues for a Demons jersey after scoring the plum job of Victoria's first ever CIO after a rigorous executive search.

Written by Julian Bajkowski25 Nov. 03 08:28

Feds bring helpdesk support back in-house

In a trend that will bring little joy to large outsourcers, the federal government is gradually in-sourcing many of its helpdesk services after enduring years of slow response times, a frustratingly limited understanding of its business needs and questionable value for money.

Written by Julian Bajkowski21 Nov. 03 08:26

Analysis: Still nothing to declare

Drama surrounding the Australian Customs Service's Integrated Cargo System offers valuable lessons for those at the coalface of managing outsourcers.

Written by Julian Bajkowski18 Nov. 03 08:20

Gartner labels cyberterrorism a dud

Governments, after years of fruitless hysteria, are shifting their national security focus away from the threat of cyber attacks launched by terrorist groups to enhancing eavesdropping capabilities to monitor such groups, according to Gartner’s research director for information security and risk, Rich Mogull.

Written by Julian Bajkowski14 Nov. 03 08:00