The Digital Transformation Agency, now vested with the responsibility for certifying cloud companies that can host government data, appears to be unwilling to state clearly whether any of the four firms given a tick on 7 October had outstanding compliance issues.
Despite all the brouhaha over the alleged threat posed by China, the Federal Government does not seem overly concerned when it comes to cloud hosting of its sensitive data. Else, how does one account for the fact that the Digital Transformation Agency has given Amazon Web Services, a company that has links to a Chinese-owned data centre, the green light for hosting government data?
The Australian Department of Defence is continuing to use a Chinese-owned data centre, Global Switch, for hosting some of its data, even though it was told to switch providers by the end of last year.
A senior official from the Australian arm of Forcepoint, an American multinational security software developer, has welcomed the news that Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will create a cyber security role in his cabinet when he carries out a reshuffle next month.
The Australian media code of conduct calls for digital platforms to pay for the use of news content produced by media. Why is it so difficult for people to comprehend this?
Former Independent senator Nick Xenophon has accused both Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson and local telco Telstra of "engaging in Olympic class word games" to avoid an inconvenient truth: their 5G equipment is being manufactured in China with a joint-venture partner cited by the US as being under the thumb of the People's Liberation Army.
Questions have been raised over the fact that the American cloud provider Amazon Web Services, which was given a Federal Government contract to store data collected by the government's COVIDSafe app, is using a data centre in Sydney which is fully owned by a Chinese company.
Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus has slammed the Morrison Government over its tardiness in implementing amendments to the encryption law which was passed last year, saying Finance Minister Senator Mathias Cormann had agreed to do so, and has yet to keep his word nearly a year on.
One of the big problems in tech that the incoming minister for the digital economy will have to fix is the matter of getting big tech multinationals to pay their fair share of tax.
Three areas of tech which the Labor Party plans to go hard on if it is elected on 18 May are the workforce, the certification of providers to government, and getting big technology firms to pay their fair share of tax.
The Australian Labor Party has ruled out repealing the encryption law that was passed last year if it is elected, but says it will speedily incorporate the 170-odd amendments that were drafted, but not included in the law.
The Australian Labor Party will offer 5000 digital and ICT places in TAFEs free in order "to help prepare Australians for the jobs of the future" if the party is returned to power in Saturday's Federal Election.
A Labor Government, if elected, will boost the digital skills of Australians through the injection of $25 million to drive skills development in regional Australia.
Whenever Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is faced with the prospect of losing money, he does something to distract people. This time, facing what could be a fine of as much as US$5 billion for privacy violations, Zuckerberg is flailing left and right and trying to spin things as best as possible.
Australian Labor Party MP Ed Husic says he has been unable to place any ads on Facebook during the election campaign, adding that he had been told it was due to "administrative changes".
Australians may not have learnt much from the on-again, off-again election campaign that began on 11 April, but one thing has been made abundantly clear: the technology sector in this country is made up of wimps who are afraid to make anything, even an encryption law which they claim could destroy their industry, into an election issue.
Communications Alliance chairman John Stanton says the fact that the latest report from the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security on the encryption law contains more than 100 pages about issues and problems that stakeholders have identified with the legislation was troubling.
The Federal Government's release of a hosting strategy last week appears to be an attempt to prevent the issue of data sovereignty being raised as an election issue.
The Federal Government has taken the easy way out in dealing with issues around its encryption law and kicked it down the road, leaving it for the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor to deal with by April 2020.
The Australian Labor Party has pledged to hold an inquiry that looks into the economic impacts of the Federal Government's encryption law after the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security completes its ongoing review and submits a report on 3 April.
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