Stories by Hamish Barwick

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NSW Rural Fire Service cuts travel costs by using video conferencing

A video conferencing deployment by the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) in June 2014 has saved it thousands of dollars in transport allowances/accommodation as it no longer needs to send staff to headquarters in Lidcombe, Sydney for training.

Cybercrime reporting site launches in Australia

Australians who have fallen victim to cybercrime will be able to report the incident online via a new site called the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN).

Planning and Design pays out $118k to BSA

Planning and Design, a Victorian based architectural drafting firm, has agreed to pay BSA | The Software Alliance $118,000 in a settlement case after it emerged that the company had been using unlicensed software since 2009.

Cheap access to the Internet should be a human right: survey

Affordable Internet access around the world should be a basic human right as it is essential for freedom of expression and economic opportunity, according to the results of a global survey released by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

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129 out of 150 A/NZ websites fail Online Trust Alliance audit

Some 129 of 150 Australian and New Zealand websites audited by not-for-profit organisation Online Trust Alliance (OTA) failed to meet consumer protection, data privacy or cyber security criteria, according to a report released this week.

Cloud, privacy, big data and smart cities top HDS predictions

Cloud computing, privacy and big data will increase in priority for enterprises in 2015 while the smart cities trend will continue in Asia Pacific as countries such as China try to address urbanisation issues, according to Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) Asia Pacific CTO Adrian De Luca.

Australia, Canada, UK and China weigh in on Insecam privacy issue

The privacy commissioners of Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and Macao, China have all sent an email to Insecam – the operator of a website that broadcasts footage from private webcams – asking it to take down its website.

In pictures: Hitachi Innovation Forum Singapore

Smart cities, the future role of the CIO and social innovation was on the agenda at Hitachi's innovation forum in Singapore this week. The vendor also shared its top five market trends for Asia Pacific in 2015.

Australian Signals Directorate unveils re-developed OnSecure website

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) has rolled out a re-developed version of its OnSecure website for state, territory and federal government IT professionals.

Immigration department 'failed to protect' asylum seekers' information: Privacy Commissioner

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) breached the Privacy Act when it failed to “adequately protect” the personal information of approximately 9,250 asylum seekers, said Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim today.

Perth hotel to offer smartphone room key service in 2016

Lost hotel key cards could be a thing of the past if a new service that allows guests to access their room using their smartphone takes off.

GHD finds value in software management

GHD, an engineering architecture and construction services firm, has taken up a software asset management (SAM) tool to monitor its use of software licenses.

Live chat improves Lockyer Valley Regional Council customer service

Lockyer Valley Regional Council (LVRC) in Queensland has cut wait times and improved customer service for ratepayers by using a live chat service on its website.

Telstra to pay $18k to judge following privacy breach

Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, has ordered Telstra to pay $18,000 and apologise to a family law judge after it published his name and address in the White Pages.

Ruby Radar uses biometric ID verification to stop online dating scammers

Australian online dating website Ruby Radar has used a biometric identity service called My Verified ID to stop scammers from creating fake profiles on the site.