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  • Telstra offers assurances on cancer register security

    Telstra has said it is “well placed” to establish the government’s National Cancer Screening Register and that it will deliver a platform that meets the government’s privacy and security requirements.

    28 Sept. 16 12:26 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • WA inquiry sees need to boost government CIO’s resources

    The report of an inquiry by the Western Australian Legislative Assembly​'s Public Accounts Committee has recommended the government boost the resources available to its chief information officer.

    22 Sept. 16 15:40 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • ‘Crippling’ IT problems at ABS, say union members

    The Community and Public Sector Union has defended the professionalism of staff at the Australian Bureau of Statistics who worked on the 2016 Census, linking the problems with this year’s Census to funding cuts and inadequate resources at the agency.

    22 Sept. 16 12:30 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Senator Stephen Conroy resigns

    ​Senator Stephen Conroy has announced his resignation from parliament in a speech tabled last night that named the NBN has his ‘greatest contribution’.

    16 Sept. 16 10:56 Written by George Nott
  • NSW GovDC Marketplace mastermind to depart

    ​Before the arrival of Dr Pedro Harris to the NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation, the state government’s data centre landscape was fragmented and unwieldy.

    16 Sept. 16 09:56 Written by George Nott
  • Big potential for Australia’s cyber security industry, says PM’s cyber guy

    Initiatives launched as part of the government’s cyber security strategy and National Innovation and Science Agenda can help Australia move from having a “nascent, small cyber security industry” to a “small but powerful cyber security industry that is global in its reach,” according to Alastair MacGibbon.

    14 Sept. 16 07:30 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Govt cyber advisor sees ongoing impact from Census fiasco

    The Prime Minister’s Special Advisor on Cyber Security, Alastair MacGibbon, says that the technical problems with the 2016 Census will have an ongoing impact on trust in government digital services.

    14 Sept. 16 07:30 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Govt’s Telstra cancer register contract criticised

    Labor’s shadow health minister, Catherine King, has launched an attack on the government over its decision to award to Telstra a contract to operate the new National Cancer Screening Register.

    13 Sept. 16 16:29 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Ireland to Europe: No, Apple doesn't owe us

    Ireland will join Apple in appealing the European Commission’s finding that Apple owes the country more than US$14 billion in back taxes.

    08 Sept. 16 08:38 Written by Stephen Lawson
  • ‘Series of compounding issues’ led to NDIS IT failure

    The Census is not the only high-profile 2016 government IT failure to have been caused by a confluence of events. A PricewaterhouseCoopers review has concluded that the root cause of a problem with the National Disability Insurance Scheme’s payment portal was “not a single catastrophic event, but rather a series of compounding issues.”

    05 Sept. 16 14:20 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Apple's Cook calls European tax ruling 'total political crap'

    The European Commission's decision to force Apple to pay Ireland billions in back taxes is "total political crap" and a reflection of anti-U.S. sentiment, company CEO Tim Cook said in an interview published Thursday.

    02 Sept. 16 02:19 Written by Katherine Noyes
  • Report of Census review expected this month

    A review into the conduct of the 2016 Census led by the government’s cyber security advisor, Alastair MacGibbon, is expected to be completed by the end of September.

    01 Sept. 16 13:21 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • NBN raids: Senate refers seized material to privileges committee

    The Senate has agreed to refer to its Standing Committee of Privileges a claim of parliamentary privilege made by Senator Stephen Conroy. The claim relates to material seized during a series of high-profile Australian Federal Police raids that sought to identify the source of leaks of NBN internal documents.

    31 Aug. 16 16:32 Written by Rohan Pearce

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