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Displaying items by tag: James Riley

The Federal Government's Digital Transformation Agency is one unit in Canberra that really earns its name. It transforms itself completely within as short a period as 18 months, gaining an entirely new workforce.

Published in Open Sauce
Monday, 07 November 2011 22:51

Conroy terminates Aus TV tender

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has drawn a line under a tender process to select the media organisation to run the Australia Network - a ten-year, $230 million contract - terminating the tender on the advice of the Australian Government Solicitor.

Published in Government Tech Policy
Monday, 07 November 2011 21:10

Convergence review: Draft report next month

After eight months of industry consultation, public hearings and issue paper discussions, the Convergence Review Committee says it will issue a draft report before the end of the year, and seek more feedback before publishing the definitive document.

Published in Government Tech Policy
Monday, 07 November 2011 15:18

NICTA start-up cuddles Moshi Monsters deal

Tiny Aussie start-up Scalify will run a commercial trial of its multi-player game technology developed at NICTA with giant UK-based Moshi Monsters - a kiddies virual environment and online game with more than 50 million users worldwide.

Published in Development
Friday, 04 November 2011 14:47

Games sector welcomes new R18+ guidelines

The video games industry's peak lobby has welcomed Home Affairs Minister Brendan O'Connor's release of proposed classification guidelines for computer games that includes the introduction of an R18+ 'adult' classification.

Published in Technology Regulation
Friday, 04 November 2011 12:46

NBN may get mining sector's 457 skills program

The Federal Government is considering a plan to extend a special 457 visa program designed for the resources sector to the telecommunications industry, to allow it to expedite the import of large numbers of skilled workers.

Published in Government Tech Policy
Friday, 04 November 2011 08:20

Search 'bend over a barrel': Google

The Huffington Post is this morning calling the Google 'do a barrel roll' stunt the coolest thing the search and fancy-pants behemoth has ever done. And it sure is cool!

Published in The Big House
Thursday, 03 November 2011 17:27

Govt doubles 457 visa stay to six years

The Gillard Government has re-jigged its 457 visa program, with the Immigration Department speeding up processing times for employers seeking to bring in foriegn workers and doubling to six years the duration of the long-stay visa.

Published in Recruitment
Thursday, 03 November 2011 09:02

Australian govt must assist Assange: QC

The Australian Government is now duty bound to assist WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to ensure he gets a fair trial on rape allegations in Sweden, according to his advising counsel and international human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson.

Published in People Moves
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 17:29

Assange being thrown to wolves: Greens

The federal Opposition has voted with Labor in the Senate to defeat a Greens motion that sought to force Government to intervene in legal proceedings against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, to ensure he is not subject to extradition to the US.

Published in People Moves
Tuesday, 01 November 2011 21:09

McClelland under fire over arson database

A national database of suspected arsonists launched this week by Attorney-General Robert McClelland was heavy-handed and had been created without the most basic consultation with civil liberties groups, the nation's peak privacy lobby claims.

Published in Government Tech Policy
Thursday, 20 October 2011 12:00

NBN roll-out to 'maximise' local suppliers

NBN Co chief executive Mike Quigley has told a senate committee the national broadband network roll-out would make use of locally-produced product to the "maximum extent," dismissing analysis that Australian firms and Australian staff were being by-passed.

Published in Government Tech Policy
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 19:07

Baillieu blamed for 'unfair' NBN roll-out

If Victoria was not given enough priority in the early stages of National Broadband Network construction, it was because of state government inaction in the tech sector, shadow technology minister Adem Somyurek says.

Published in Government Tech Policy
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 18:34

Oakeshott interview: NBN-Telstra deal

The chairman of the joint parliamentary oversight committee on the NBN Rob Oakeshott says workforce-related issues arising from the $11 billion Telstra-NBN Company deal might add to the cost of the national broadband network roll-out.

Published in Government Tech Policy
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:35

NBN satellite plans on target for 2015

The NBN Company expects to make its purchasing decision for two satellites for the national broadband network within the next "couple of months" before turning its attention to finding a supplier for its earth-based satellite services.

Published in Government Tech Policy
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 10:49

Oakeshott committee to scrutinise Telstra deal

The powerful joint parliamentary committee overseeing the roll-out of the national broadband network will scutinise the $11billion deal between Telstra and the NBN Company, looking at questions of risk and value for money.

Published in Government Tech Policy
Tuesday, 18 October 2011 23:19

NBN to drop CPI+ price mechanism: Quigley

The NBN Company is likely to withdraw a request for a "price shock mechanism" - which would allow it to increase prices for its wholesale services by up to five per cent above inflation - as being of little value, NBN Co chief executive Mike Quigley has told a senate committee.

Published in Government Tech Policy
Tuesday, 18 October 2011 19:54

NBN decisions 'driven by engineering': Conroy

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has rejected as "spurious" accusations that the just-announced NBN Company 12-month construction plan was an exercise in political pork barrelling.

Published in Government Tech Policy
Tuesday, 18 October 2011 14:43

Coalition NBN policy 'dangerous': Greens

As the NBN Company today released plans to roll-out its fibre network to nearly 500,000 homes in the next 12 months, the Australian Greens say Opposition leader Tony Abbott must now drop the Coalition plan to "demolish" the NBN if it is elected.

Published in Government Tech Policy
Friday, 19 November 2010 16:06

Feds scout for eHealth software partners

The National eHealth Transition Authority has issued its first calls for proposals from medical software providers wanting to build the Federal Government's new electronic health record standards into their products.

Published in Government Tech Policy

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