While many people are rejoicing over the Coalition Government's backflip on its NBN policy and its announcement that it will spend to get fibre delivered to up to eight million subscribers in all, nobody should for a moment think that this is some Damascene conversion.
A former operations manager at Facebook says the social media giant has exhibited a lax attitude towards self-regulation in the past and needs to be regulated by an external entity.
Secure Logic, a company in Sydney that has been involved in organising the iVote system used in NSW elections since 2011, says the process of extending electronic voting to the federal level would not be overly problematic and would result in a great deal of savings, apart from providing as much, if not better, security as the current system does.
A UK court’s refusal to overturn a request for the blocking of sites in the country dealing in counterfeit luxury products has prompted Internet Australia to repeat its call for the repeal of Australia’s Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 — the so-called site-blocking law 2015 — passed by federal parliament in the middle of last year.
The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) has joined the growing throng of calls for Australia to move to electronic voting. And why wouldn’t it? It represents the interests of mostly multinational technology vendors who stand to gain tens and perhaps hundreds of millions from putting such a system in place and then maintaining and upgrading it in perpetuity.
The fate of the NBN, superannuation changes, company tax cuts, the fate of the Coalition government and even that of the Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull is still unknown.
The non-profit digital freedoms and rights group representing Internet users, Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA), has joined the throng of business and industry organisations lobbying the major political parties in the last hours of the federal election campaign.
Telecommunications and network provider MNF Group — owner of telco MyNetFone — has criticised both major political parties for not addressing the “inadequacies” of the NBN’s commercial model during the election.
Industry pressure on the major political parties for the National Broadband Network to shift to a full fibre (FttP) network has intensified, with Internet Australia calling for an urgent review of the rollout strategy in the wake of trenchant criticism of the Coalition’s NBN policy by the exchief of NBN Co, Mike Quigley.
The founding chief executive of NBN Co, Mike Quigley, has intervened in the last two weeks of the federal election, slamming the Coalition for making a “huge miscalculation” with the network’s use of copper access technologies.
Internet Australia chief Laurie Patton has weighed into the debate about NBN Co chairman Dr Ziggy Switkowski’s newspaper opinion piece on the AFP raids on Labor functionaries over leaks of NBN information, suggesting the broadband network chief is using his comments to create a public distraction from the “very serious flaws” in the NBN's current design strategy.
CEDA, the Committee for Economic Development of Australia, has called for both major political parties during the election campaign to outline their policies and plans for delivering economic growth.
Australia’s small business owners are down on confidence when it comes to the economy, with sales for the next three months on a steady decline and widespread pessimism about the economy’s ability to rebound, according to cloud accounting software provider MYOB.
Internet Australia chief executive Laurie Patton thinks Mitch Fifield, the Minister for Communications, missed an opportunity while election campaigning in his hometown of Ballarat last week to engage with the city’s burgeoning digital and ICT community.
Community Power Agency has come out in support of the Labor Party’s election promise to spend almost $100 million on creating up to 10 Community Power Hubs across Australia.
The federal government has promised a miserly $15 million to give a shot in the arm to the startup sector as part of its election pitch, but not-for-profit startup body StartupAUS is clearly unimpressed. StartupAUS CEO Alex McCauley has called on both the major political parties to allocate more funding to the sector.
Smack bang during the election cycle, Australia’s Federal Minister for Communications has some "smashing' good news regarding the NBN, while IA wants more transparency.
The federal election is barely underway but is already putting a dampener on business demand for executives - including in ICT - with many businesses now holding back on taking on new employees, according to the employment demand index from EL Consult.
Canada-based digital rights advocacy organisation, OpenMedia, has put its support behind Australia’s Digital Rights 2016 campaign.
Just two weeks out from the Victorian election, the Australian Computer Society has called on the major political parties to give greater recognition and support for the state’s digital economy as a driver of economic growth.
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