Stories by Rebecca Merrett

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US trade officials say it’s their way or the highway on TPP

A new website is highlighting that United States trade officials could dictate to other countries their laws and regulations relating to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

EFA hits out at government's data retention plans

Civil liberties group Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA) has voiced fears that the government is playing up concerns about terrorism to justify increases to its surveillance powers through a mandatory date retention scheme.

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Airport stopover, multi-platform publishing apps Aussie winners in Talent Unleashed Awards

Australian entrepreneurs Amber Blumanis, creator of Stopover app, and Philip Andrews, cofounder of Liquid State, were announced as winners in the international Talent Unleashed Awards last night.

NICTA pushes seL4 microkernel beyond drones

The seL4 microkernel, the “world’s most highly assured OS”, has just been released as open source, which will help it evolve beyond its military use, says NICTA.

ABS develops Web service for users to create own population clock

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has developed a Web service or API, based on the Representational State Transfer (REST) architectural principle, that allows users to create their own population clock.

Bitcoin: Addressing concerns over a 51% attack

Although a mining pool last month managed to briefly control the majority of the computing power used to generate the Bitcoin crypto-currency, a so-called '51 per cent attack' remains unlikely.

Australian National University secures $11.4 million to develop space telescopes

The Australian National University (ANU) has secured a $5 million contract to design the Giant Magellan Telescope Integral Field Spectrometer (GMTIFS)and $6.4 million to help develop a space debris tracking system for the Korean Astronomy and Space Science Institute.

Energy calculator, infrastructure apps feature at this year’s GovHack

More than 1200 developers and technologists across Australia hacked away over a 48-hour period to produce innovative tools and apps at this year’s GovHack event, which took place 11-13 July.

TPP may force ISPs to police online activity

Web companies and user groups worldwide believe copyright-related proposals included in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement will force ISPs to police their customers' online activities.

Australian National University upgrades fusion energy research facility

The Australian National University (ANU) has upgraded its Australian Plasma Fusion Research Facility (APFRF) so it can better harness the fusion energy process that powers the sun and stars.

NICTA demos drone OS using the seL4 microkernel

NICTA has created a video that demonstrates how its seL4 microkernel, the “world’s most highly assured OS”, can be used to operate drones.

NICTA demos drone OS – seL4 microkernel

NICTA has created a video that demonstrates how its seL4 microkernel, the “world’s most highly assured OS”, works on drones.

Connected homes, cars starting to take off

Nineteen per cent of Australian consumers are connecting their smartphones and tablets to other devices in their homes and 16 per cent have in-car connectivity, according to research firm TNS.

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Ethical hacking: Getting inside the minds of cyber criminals

Just when you think you’ve got yourself all covered on the security front, an attack comes out of nowhere and bites you on the arse. You think to yourself: How did I not see that coming?

NICTA to release drone OS as open source

seL4 microkernel, the “world’s most highly assured OS”, is set to go open source on 29 July, 2014.