Stories by Rohan Pearce


Treat Bitcoin like currency, advocates tell Senate inquiry

Representatives of Bitcoin-based businesses and advocates of the crypto-currency have told the first hearing of the Senate's inquiry into digital currencies that Bitcoin should be treated like money, not a commodity, for tax purposes.

By Rohan Pearce | 26 November, 2014 14:20

Tags: digital currency, taxation, Australian Taxation Office, Bitcoin

Seeking dev talent, Atlassian kicks off national hiring tour

Atlassian last night kicked off the software developer's first 'pop-up' hiring tour, seeking to give potential employees a chance to learn more about the company.

By Rohan Pearce | 25 November, 2014 14:16

Tags: atlassian, careers

Senate backs Ludlam on data retention costs

The Senate has passed a motion put by Greens Senator Scott Ludlam that calls on Attorney-General George Brandis to table a PricewaterhouseCoopers study into the cost to industry of implementing a data retention scheme.

By Rohan Pearce | 24 November, 2014 17:22

Tags: civil liberties, data retention, privacy

Risks of e-voting outweigh benefits – for now

An interim report of a parliamentary committee tasked with examining the 2013 Senate ballot in Western Australia has concluded that the nation is not yet ready for the widespread use of e-voting in federal elections.

By Rohan Pearce | 20 November, 2014 17:35

Tags: e-voting, security, electronic voting, Internet voting, eGovernment

TPG presence won't stop NBN Co installing FTTB equipment

NBN Co will be willing to deploy its equipment in the basements of apartment blocks — so-called multi-dwelling units (or MDUs) — even if rival infrastructure is already in place, an executive of the government-owned company said today at a Senate Estimates hearing.

By Rohan Pearce | 20 November, 2014 15:44

Tags: National Broadband Network (NBN), nbn co, national broadband network

Location, location, location: Enterprises finding value in geospatial data

As organisations seek to leverage the vast amounts of data they collect to better inform their business decisions, the use of location-related data has increasingly spread beyond dedicated geospatial teams and into the broader enterprise, according to Nathan Bennett.

By Rohan Pearce | 19 November, 2014 13:07

Tags: location, Esri Australia, geospatial data, location based services, ESRI, geospatial intelligence, location analytics, GIS, geospatial

Hellmann Australia dumps SAN

Logistics company, Hellmann Australia, has moved from a conventional blade server and SAN setup to converged infrastructure in order to switch from big bang upgrades to incremental storage and compute capacity increases.

By Rohan Pearce | 18 November, 2014 08:48

Tags: virtualization, Case studies, Nutanix, Case Study, virtualisation

ACCC chief backs breakup of NBN Co

NBN Co should be broken up into separate entities before it is privatised in order to promote competition, the head of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Rod Sims, argued in a speech this morning.

By Rohan Pearce | 17 November, 2014 12:38

Tags: National Broadband Network (NBN), nbn co, national broadband network

NBN Co charts course in uncertain waters

NBN Co has used its updated corporate plan, dated 11 November but released for public scrutiny today, to outline ambitious targets for the rollout of the National Broadband Network in its 2015 financial year. But it has also noted significant areas of uncertainty as the government-owned corporation continues its transition to a new model for the NBN rollout.

By Rohan Pearce | 17 November, 2014 11:15

Tags: National Broadband Network (NBN), nbn co, national broadband network

Data retention: Govt needs to spell out metadata details, committee says

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights has called for the government to spell out in legislation what sort of metadata will be collected under its data retention regime.

By Rohan Pearce | 14 November, 2014 15:10

Tags: civil liberties, data retention, metadata, privacy

NBN Co to work with communities that want to co-fund FTTP

NBN Co has set out in broad outline the principles that will guide the roll out of the National Broadband Network as it continues the shift to a 'multi-technology mix' (MTM) that has an emphasis on the use of the existing copper network for 'last mile' connections to premises.

By Rohan Pearce | 13 November, 2014 15:17

Tags: National Broadband Network (NBN), national broadband network

Vic election: ACS calls for govt advisory board to boost digital economy

As Victoria prepares to head to the polls on 29 November, the Australian Computer Society (ACS) has called for the establishment of a 'Digital Ministerial Advisory Council' to promote digital economy initiatives in the state.

By Rohan Pearce | 13 November, 2014 13:04

Tags: digital economy, australian computer society, victorian government

In brief: Telstra introduces real-time data alerts for customers

Telstra has introduced real-time data usage alerts that let customers know when they have used up 50, 85 and 100 per cent of their monthly data quota.

By Rohan Pearce | 12 November, 2014 15:49

Tags: Telecommunications, Telstra

Content accessibility key to stopping piracy, Australians say

A survey commissioned by telco industry group Communications Alliance has indiciated that most Australians believe any crackdown on piracy will fail and that making content available more easily through legal channels is key to reducing online copyright violations.

By Rohan Pearce | 12 November, 2014 10:51

Tags: copyright, piracy

Australian government seeks agility with Drupal migration

The first site has been migrated to the federal government's new Web platform, govCMS. is the first site to be shifted to new content management system, which is based on the open source Drupal project.

By Rohan Pearce | 11 November, 2014 16:59

Tags: open source, content management, drupal

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