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Government takes cautionary stance on open source software

The federal government has no plans to support legislation which requires open source software solutions to be included in all future departmental ICT contracts, and will continue to uphold a neutral stance on open source software, the National Office of Information Economy (NOIE) has stated.

Written by Nadia Cameron03 Sept. 03 10:29

Job Network system faces audit

The litany of end user complaints that have dogged a Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR) system upgrade will finally face the harsh light of a formal investigation.

Written by Lauren Thomsen-Moore and Sandra Rossi03 Sept. 03 08:03

Asian governments set to challenge Windows

An ambitious initiative in South East Asia is set to challenge Microsoft's dominance. The Japanese, Chinese and South Korean governments are to back a scheme to build an operating system explicitly intended to dislodge Windows in Far Eastern markets, according to reports in Asian newspapers on Monday.

Written by Peter Judge02 Sept. 03 08:15

Alston dismisses call for open source procurement guidelines

Guidelines proposed by the Australian Unix Users Group (AUUG) promoting a “level playing field” between open source and proprietary software within government departments are unnecessary, according to the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.

Written by Rodney Gedda27 Aug. 03 08:27

Tassie govt increases Notes install

Six government departments in Tasmania have committed to a Lotus enterprise licence agreement boosting the number of Notes clients from 3000 to 4000.

Written by Rodney Gedda22 Aug. 03 08:37

Penalties to double in crackdown on Internet misuse

Using the Internet for offensive and menacing purposes, including harassment and the advocacy of violence, will be outlawed as part of a crackdown on e-crime.

Written by Computerworld Staff20 Aug. 03 14:36

NOIE puts out a tender call

Telstra's role as supplier of ICT services to the National Office for the Information Economy (NOIE) will come under increasing competitive pressure following a request for tender issued by the government department earlier this week.

Written by Helen Han20 Aug. 03 09:29

Funding boost to move councils online

The federal government has made available more than $2.8 million in funding to regional councils to kickstart their move to get services online.

Written by Computerworld Staff19 Aug. 03 10:34

Australia signs up for access to Microsoft source code

Australia has signed on to Microsoft Corp.'s Government Security Program (GSP), giving the Australian government access to the programming code underlying several versions of the Windows operating system, Microsoft said in a statement Thursday.

Written by Joris Evers15 Aug. 03 08:15

Govt agency learns a lesson in open source

Education.au, an IT government agency for education, has turned to open source software to develop Web services for its flagship portal.

Written by Steven Deare13 Aug. 03 12:09

Anti-US hackers deface Australian government site

An Australian government Web site has been revealed as another victim of Sunday night's Web defacement spree by hacker group The Ghost Boys, with the URLs acn.gov.au and cultureandrecreation.gov.au hijacked to show anti-US messages.

Written by Julian Bajkowski12 Aug. 03 09:22

CASA to implement new system

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is working on a project to consolidate aviation records and streamline processes for increased organisational efficiency for its 500 users.

Written by Computerworld Staff12 Aug. 03 09:17

War Memorial gets fibre fit-out

Supplementing its “forklift” networking infrastructure upgrade, the Australian War Memorial in Canberra has started transferring data between offices over a private fibre link.

Written by Rodney Gedda11 Aug. 03 13:24

WA govt pilots networked neighbourhoods

The Western Australian government will this month formally announce a Web application project being piloted by 500 households that aims to ‘network’ the neighbourhoods of WA residents.

Written by Steven Deare07 Aug. 03 09:05

Study: Linux nears Windows XP usability

Linux, once viewed as an OS (operating system) only computer geeks could appreciate, is today a much more user-friendly software that companies, public administrations and consumers can master almost as easily as Microsoft's Windows XP. That's the core finding of a study published last Friday by Relevantive AG, a Berlin-based company specializing in consulting companies on the usability of software and Web services.

Written by John Blau05 Aug. 03 08:15

Users slam slow Job Network system

The federal government's beleaguered Job Network system, which went live July 1, is still under fire with users claiming miserably slow response times and persistent outages as the system struggles to cope with 3.2 million transactions daily, according to documents obtained by Computerworld.

Written by Lauren Thomsen-Moore31 July 03 08:33

Microsoft studying multilevel security desktops

Microsoft is working with the US government in studying one of the most pressing challenges in federal information security, one that is critically important to future homeland security and information-sharing efforts: multilevel security workstations.

Written by Dan Verton28 July 03 08:26

Inadequate IT contributed to 9/11 intelligence failure

An antiquated IT infrastructure and cultural turf battles among the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and various intelligence agencies resulted in a lack of information sharing and analysis that contributed to the national security community's failure to head off the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to the results of a congressional investigation.

Written by Dan Verton25 July 03 12:11

Open source faces NSW govt evaluation

As governments across Australia debate the ramifications of open source software, the NSW Department of Commerce has set up an open source evaluation project involving some 40 agencies.

Written by Rodney Gedda25 July 03 08:22

Govt to introduce anti-spam legislation

Laws to ban spam will be introduced into Parliament later this year, the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Richard Alston, said yesterday .

Written by Steven Deare24 July 03 09:10
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