Government News, Features, and Interviews

  • 4 IT companies allowed to use commercial drones

    The Federal Aviation Administration has granted approval for more than 5,000 so-called Section 333 exemptions to operate commercial drones over the past year, and among those getting the go ahead are familiar names in the enterprise IT and networking market.

    04 May 16 21:00 Written by Bob Brown
  • Data61, Treasury scruitinse blockchain's potential

    The CSIRO’s Data61 will lead a review into the potential of technology based on blockchain, the distributed ledger that underpins bitcoin-style digital currencies.

    04 May 16 16:47 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Budget 2016: OAIC escapes axe

    The government has backed down on its attempt to axe the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

    03 May 16 21:41 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Budget 2016: NBN approaches limit of government funding

    Barring disaster, this year’s federal budget will mark the final government injection of capital into NBN, with $8.8 billion earmarked for the National Broadband Network rollout.

    03 May 16 21:24 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Budget 2016: Government unveils ‘Google tax’

    The federal government has unveiled a new crackdown on profit shifting by multinational companies attempting to lower their tax bills in a measure commentators have dubbed a ‘Google tax’ (perhaps unfairly given the search giant changed the way it is booking Australian revenue before the new measure was announced.)​.

    03 May 16 20:04 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Defence trials IBM’s Watson for psyops

    The Department of Defence has carried out trials employing IBM’s cognitive computing platform, Watson, Mohan Aiyaswami this morning told a Cebit eGovernment conference in Sydney.

    03 May 16 11:08 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • NSW to appoint government CIO

    New South Wales is resurrecting the position of government chief information officer but with a digital twist. The state’s minister for finance, services and property, Dominic Perrottet, outlined details of the decision this morning at a Cebit eGovernment conference in Sydney.

    03 May 16 10:22 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • NSW launches 10-year eHealth strategy

    The New South Wales government has unveiled a strategy designed to map out the future of eHealth in the state from 2016 through to 2026.

    03 May 16 08:29 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Govt working to tackle ‘challenges’ presented by encryption

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has indicated that the government will work with the private sector to counteract the use of encryption technologies by criminals, invoking the now-resolved standoff between Apple and the FBI over the issue.

    22 April 16 11:07 Written by Rohan Pearce

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