Stories by James Hutchinson

NSW Libs pledge ICT revolution

An incoming NSW Liberal government would establish a new ICT governance body and consulting committee with the private sector to provide advice on key projects, including potential migration to a Cloud computing model, if elected in March.

Greens score changes to NBN parliament inquiry

A joint parliamentary committee into the National Broadband Network (NBN) will no longer be dominated by Labor politicians and will begin sooner than planned, Greens senator, Scott Ludlam, has said.

Medicare revises healthcare identifier developer agreement

Medicare Australia has reached an agreement with e-health vendors surrounding a legal blackhole in developer agreements signed for use of individual healthcare identifiers, with hopes a revised license to be released in the coming week will encourage wider use of the identifiers in clinical software.

IBM to secure e-health records

IBM Australia has been awarded another major Australian e-health tender, picking up responsibilities for delivering a secure messaging platform that will be used in the Federal Government’s $467 million personally controlled electronic health records (PCEHR) initiative.

Falling IP transit prices put NBN wholesale at risk

Significant drops in global IP transit costs could eventually undercut provisional pricing for domestic transit under the National Broadband Network (NBN), NextDC chief executive, Bevan Slattery, has warned.

AFACT v iiNet: Government called to action

Service providers, rights holders and internet users are anxiously awaiting news of whether the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) will further appeal the decision against it today by the Federal Court, but both the industry body and defendant iiNet are clear on a single message: The Federal Government must step in.

NBN retailer accreditation questioned in access seeker rush

The expansion of the retail service provider (RSP) market in the wake of the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout could bring risks to rollout schedules and customer experiences without careful accreditation, a digital economy analyst has warned.

iiNet acquisitions boost EBITDA forecast

Perth-based internet service provider (ISP) iiNet (ASX:IIN) has forecast its acquisition activity in 2010 to contribute up to $25 million to the company’s earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) during the 2011 financial year.

Small business protection required for the online world

Small businesses operating online require contractual and regulatory protection from potential collusion between traditional retailers and online magnates such as Google, according to the Council of Small Business of Australia (COSBOA).

Open Universities pushes distance education to IT majors

Online education provider Open Universities Australia is in talks to initiate corporate partnerships with the likes of IBM, HP and other major IT companies in a bid to combat the declining number of qualified IT personnel in the Australian market.

Federal government to evaluate education revolution targets

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) will release an evaluation strategy this year for the Federal Government’s $2.4 billion Digital Education Revolution this year in an attempt to better gauge the success of the program.

Telstra LTE network coming by year's end

Telstra is set to become the first Long Term Evolution (LTE) network operator in Australia, with plans to launch the technology publicly in all Australian capital cities and some regional centres by the end of the year.