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NSW govt launches geospatial data strategy

The New South Wales government has launched a new strategy to encourage the use by the public and private sectors of geospatial datasets created by government agencies.

By Rohan Pearce | 30 April, 2014 12:42

Tags: geospatial, NSW Government, location, nsw, geospatial data, open data, location based services, location-based data

State government backs Startup Victoria with $100k

The Victorian government has backed Startup Victoria to the tune of $100,000. The state's technology minister, Gordon Rich-Phillips, yesterday officially launched the nonprofit organisation whose mission is to aid fledgling startups in Victoria.

By Rohan Pearce | 30 April, 2014 11:26

Tags: Gordon Rich-Phillips, startups, Victoria, victorian government

Optus slashes more jobs in new restructure

Optus this morning confirmed job losses as a result of restructuring of its consumer, business and corporate support divisions. Over the next two days approximately 350 staff will be notified that their positions are being made redundant.

By Rohan Pearce | 30 April, 2014 10:45

Tags: optus, Telecommunications

200 more Optus jobs to go: Report

More than 200 Optus employees are set to lose their jobs.

By Rohan Pearce | 29 April, 2014 13:52

Tags: telecoms, optus

Optus prepares for launch of tenth satellite

Optus's tenth satellite — the creatively named Optus 10 — will launch next month, the telco announced this morning. Optus 10, which is expected to last more than 15 years, will increase resilience and bandwidth of the telco's satellite fleet, Optus said in a statement.

By Rohan Pearce | 29 April, 2014 12:28

Tags: satellite, Networking, optus

Action needed to protect telco infrastructure from climate change

The role of ICT in driving increased greenhouse gas emissions has been well documented.

By Rohan Pearce | 29 April, 2014 11:42

Tags: global warming, climate change, green IT, Green ICT

Audit uncovers Medicare data snafus

An audit of Medicare's customer database has found a small number of cases of 'intertwined' customer records where two people's records have been combined, giving rise to "privacy and clinical safety risks", according to an auditor-general report tabled today.

By Rohan Pearce | 24 April, 2014 15:36

Tags: data integrity, data, security, Department of Human Services, medicare, privacy

Should Australians prepare for rubber-hose cryptanalysis?

So Australians probably don't need to worry about getting their kneecaps broken if they don't hand over their private encryption keys just yet, but the Australian Crime Commission wants changes to the law in order to make it easier for law enforcement to decrypt secret communications.

By Rohan Pearce | 23 April, 2014 10:59

Tags: TIA inquiry, security, Australian Crime Commission, Lavabit, data retention, encryption, Scott Ludlam, privacy

Data retention: Just like diamonds, metadata is forever

Appearing today before a Senate inquiry, law enforcement agencies have confirmed that there is no legal obligation on them to destroy so called 'metadata' gathered from warrantless surveillance.

By Rohan Pearce | 22 April, 2014 14:31

Tags: TIA inquiry, security, Australian Crime Commission, data retention, Scott Ludlam, privacy

Telcos seek to strengthen NBN Co wholesale restrictions

Major telcos and Internet service providers including Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and iiNet have pushed for clarity on some aspects of NBN Co’s wholesale role and the tightening of restrictions that prevent the company rolling out the National Broadband Network from supplying services to end users.

By Rohan Pearce | 17 April, 2014 12:58

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

NBN Co seeks ‘early resolution’ of TPG fibre threat

The company in charge of rolling out and operating the National Broadband Network has called for a speedy resolution to the issue of infrastructure-based competition.

By Rohan Pearce | 17 April, 2014 10:29

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

Court slaps TPG with $400k fine over 000 failure

TPG has been fined $400,000 after court action taken by the Australian Communications and Media Authority relating to the telco's failure to provide triple zero access to all of its customers.

By Rohan Pearce | 16 April, 2014 14:16

Tags: australian communications consumer action network, emergency services, TPG Internet, TPG, ACMA, Australian Communications and Media Authority

Lycamobile issued warning for over-charging customers

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has issued a formal warning to MVNO Lycamobile for over-billing customers for more than two and a half years.

By Rohan Pearce | 16 April, 2014 13:28

Tags: mobile virtual network operator, MVNO, Lycamobile, mobile phones, ACMA, Australian Communications and Media Authority

News Corp migrates first users to Google Apps

News Corp Australia has migrated its first major group of users to Google Apps. In an email sent to staff yesterday, chief technology officer Tom Quinn wrote that 180 technical team members had been migrated to the new platform.

By Rohan Pearce | 15 April, 2014 15:26

Tags: News Corporation, Cloud, cloud computing, Software as a service, news corp, Google Apps

It's war: NBN Co responds to TPG's FTTB rollout

NBN Co's new chief executive, Bill Morrow, has warned that buildings that sign up for TPG's new fibre-to-the-basement rollout run the risk of being stuck with a single retail service provider.

By Rohan Pearce | 15 April, 2014 12:43

Tags: cherry picking, TPG, national broadband network, Fibre to the building, National Broadband Network (NBN), nbn co, fttp, cherry-picking legislation, fibre to the basement

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