Twitter accounts that are controlled largely by bots have been observed targeting Australians in the run-up to the Federal Election on 18 May, a researcher from the Queensland University of Technology Digital Media Research Centre claims.
The chief executive of a cyber security firm in Canberra says the announcement of $156 million in funding by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, to bolster cyber security efforts that are in place to guard the country's communications networks, would do little to directly improve the protection of government agencies.
A cyber security and information warfare researcher from the University of New South Wales has issued what can be only described as an alarmist warning that the forthcoming Australian Federal Election will attract social media manipulation, nation-state attacks and a "swarm of advertising and messaging in platforms as diverse as Facebook and WeChat".
The ABC had a much wider sample of digital polling data than commercial polling companies during the recent Australian federal election, but did not use the material to say which party was ahead at any particular point in time because "that is not our mandate", a spokesman for Vox Pop says.
Australia would save both money and time if it turned to electronic voting, the Australian Information Industry Association, the nation's peak body for the technology industry, claims.
After a cliffhanger of an election, the people are left dangling as it were on a precipice. When you combine paper votes with booths and an election commission that is stuck in the past, that should not surprise anyone.
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 Australian Computer Society (ACS) has released its federal election Manifesto, "identifying five key policy areas that must be addressed if Australia is to secure its economic future in the information age".
Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan today released an app for constituents in his marginal seat, allowing them direct contact with the MP.
Voters face 'stark choices' in terms of the IT&T policies that Labor and the Coalition are taking to the federal election according to CSC Australia's chief technology and innovation officer, Bob Hayward.
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