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

Outsourcing flaws exposed in parliamentary hearings

Maintaining her role as Australia's outsourcing watchdog since 1997, Opposition IT spokeswoman Senator Kate Lundy used this month's Public Accounts committee hearing to expose serious flaws under current service provider arrangements between EDS and Customs.

Written by Sandra Rossi31 Oct. 03 10:41

Tales of mystery and missing laptops and PCs

Missing backup tapes from the Prime Minister’s office, cleaner’s removing PCs from the Attorney General’s department, laptops stolen from staff cars and homes while couriers mysteriously lose hardware in transit, are just a few of the extraordinary incidents a parliamentary committee heard last week.

Written by Sandra Rossi23 Oct. 03 14:49

Democrats delay open source, move on RFID

South Australian Democrat Ian Gilfillan has delayed pushing for a final vote on his long-standing open source procurement bill and will endeavour to introduce another aimed at “safeguards” on RFID technology before the end of the year.

Written by Rodney Gedda22 Oct. 03 08:08

Customs cargo system delayed again

One of the largest software developments in Australia's economic history is on hold again - much to the relief of industry.

Written by Julian Bajkowski20 Oct. 03 15:32
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