Stories by Rohan Pearce

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Federal government's Drupal-based Web platform goes live

The gates to the federal government's cloud-hosted content-management system, govCMS, have been thrown open.

In brief: Government boosts cloud services panel

The government has added five suppliers to its cloud services procurement panel.

Vodafone looks at how to give customers their metadata

Vodafone has indicated it is looking at the feasibility of giving customers the ability to access the kind of metadata that telcos will be forced to keep under the government's data retention regime.

Telstra to allow customers to access their own metadata

Australia's largest telco will allow its customers to access the 'metadata' they generate. Telstra said this morning that its customers will get the same access to their personal data that law enforcement organisations could request from the telco.

Inquiry to scrutinise data retention's impact on journalists

Hot on the heels of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security's report that endorsed the introduction of a wide-ranging mandatory data retention program, the PJCIS has launched an inquiry into the impact that the legislation will have on journalism in Australia.

Intergenerational Report: Government should model service delivery on private sector

Governments need to learn lessons from the private sector, particularly when it comes to using technology to achieve efficiencies in service delivery, according to the Intergenerational Report/

In brief: Countdown to Equinix ME1's official launch

The countdown to the official launch of Equinix's new Melbourne data centre is on, with ME1, along with NY6 in New York, SG3 in Singapore, LD6 in London, and TR2 Toronto, going online "in the coming weeks" the company said in a statement this morning.

Dairy Farm Group signs Telstra for private cloud

Dairy Farm Group has signed a multi-million dollar agreement with Telstra that will see the business, which operates 5800 stores across Asia, including Ikea and 7-Eleven outlets, migrate its SAP suite to a private cloud.

Unis plead with government over research infrastructure funding

An open letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott warns that continued uncertainty over funding for the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy could lead to "immense" damage for Australian research.

In brief: CrimTrac gets new CEO

CrimTrac, the federal agency that provides information sharing services for state and federal police, is getting a new CEO.

Senate passes legislation to crack down on social media

The government yesterday won support from the Senate for its online safety bill, paving the way for the creation of a Children’s e-Safety Commissioner and the implementation of a system to compel social networking sites to remove bullying material.

Data retention: 'A couple of issues which do require more work' says Shorten

Labor leader Bill Shorten today told journalists there were some issues with the government's proposed data retention legislation but none of them "are too hard to work out".

Too soon to change tax treatment of Bitcoin, Treasury says

The Treasury has been monitoring Bitcoin in Australia both from a regulatory perspective and a tax perspective and believes that it is too soon to change taxation laws to provide a boost to local Bitcoin-based businesses.

'Shadow IT' growing, study finds

More than a fifth of the spending on information technology by Australian businesses is taking place outside of IT departments, according to new research.

Data retention: Government agrees to detail data set in legislation

The government has agreed to set out in its data retention bill exactly what customer data telecommunications carriers and Internet service providers will need to store.