Stories by Rohan Pearce


ASIC chief calls for focus on 'cyber resilience'

Australian Securities and Investments Commission chairperson Greg Medcraft has called for a focus on "cyber resilience through risk management" to prevent destabilisation of financial markets.

Treat Bitcoin like currency, advocates tell Senate inquiry

Representatives of Bitcoin-based businesses and advocates of the crypto-currency have told the first hearing of the Senate's inquiry into digital currencies that Bitcoin should be treated like money, not a commodity, for tax purposes.

In brief: ISOC-AU appoints CEO

The Internet Society of Australia has appointed its first-ever chief executive officer. ISOC-AU announced today that Laurie Patton had joined the organisation as CEO.

Seeking dev talent, Atlassian kicks off national hiring tour

Atlassian last night kicked off the software developer's first 'pop-up' hiring tour, seeking to give potential employees a chance to learn more about the company.


Senate backs Ludlam on data retention costs

The Senate has passed a motion put by Greens Senator Scott Ludlam that calls on Attorney-General George Brandis to table a PricewaterhouseCoopers study into the cost to industry of implementing a data retention scheme.


Risks of e-voting outweigh benefits – for now

An interim report of a parliamentary committee tasked with examining the 2013 Senate ballot in Western Australia has concluded that the nation is not yet ready for the widespread use of e-voting in federal elections.

TPG presence won't stop NBN Co installing FTTB equipment

NBN Co will be willing to deploy its equipment in the basements of apartment blocks — so-called multi-dwelling units (or MDUs) — even if rival infrastructure is already in place, an executive of the government-owned company said today at a Senate Estimates hearing.

Updated: Microsoft investigates Azure service interruption

Microsoft has confirmed reports of problems with its cloud services in some regions.

Location, location, location: Enterprises finding value in geospatial data

As organisations seek to leverage the vast amounts of data they collect to better inform their business decisions, the use of location-related data has increasingly spread beyond dedicated geospatial teams and into the broader enterprise, according to Nathan Bennett.

Hellmann Australia dumps SAN

Logistics company, Hellmann Australia, has moved from a conventional blade server and SAN setup to converged infrastructure in order to switch from big bang upgrades to incremental storage and compute capacity increases.

In brief: Vodafone switches on '4G+' network in Melbourne

Vodafone has switched on its new "4G+" LTE-Advanced network. The telco announced today it had switched on 478 new 4G+ sites. Another 71 sites will be switched on over the next month and a half.

ACCC chief backs breakup of NBN Co

NBN Co should be broken up into separate entities before it is privatised in order to promote competition, the head of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Rod Sims, argued in a speech this morning.


NBN Co charts course in uncertain waters

NBN Co has used its updated corporate plan, dated 11 November but released for public scrutiny today, to outline ambitious targets for the rollout of the National Broadband Network in its 2015 financial year. But it has also noted significant areas of uncertainty as the government-owned corporation continues its transition to a new model for the NBN rollout.


Data retention: Govt needs to spell out metadata details, committee says

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights has called for the government to spell out in legislation what sort of metadata will be collected under its data retention regime.


Optus launches NFC-based mobile payments

Optus has launched a new Android app that supports contactless payments.