Stories by Rohan Pearce

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AGL to test blockchain-inspired energy trading

Electricity retailer AGL has revealed details a plan to stage a desktop trial of peer-to-peer energy trading by households using distributed ledger technology inspired by Bitcoin’s blockchain.

More FTTC in the works, NBN boss says

NBN’s chief executive Bill Morrow says that the company will be “making some announcements soon” about wider use of fibre to the curb (FTTC) technology for the National Broadband Network rollout.

Tasmania eyes $67.5 million in IT upgrades

In its 2017-18 budget handed down today, the Tasmanian government has earmarked more than $60 million for key digital transformation projects, including a program to upgrade IT systems relied on by emergency services in the state. Overall the government said it intended to spend $67.5 million in ICT upgrades.

Government invests in data analytics

Data analytics teams will help drive evidence-based programs and policy under the government’s Data Integration Partnership for Australia (DIPA).

Cops get more data from Apple

In the second half of 2016 Apple received fewer device-based requests from Australian law enforcement agencies compared to the first half of the year. However, the requests related to a higher number of devices, according to the iPhone maker’s latest transparency report.

WA charts path to the cloud

On Andrew Cann’s first day as Western Australia’s chief technology officer, sitting within the Office of the Government CIO, his boss – GCIO Giles Nunis – said he wanted the CTO to move the whole of the WA government to the cloud.

Customs may have misused telecommunications access powers

The Commonwealth Ombudsman has been unable to confirm whether the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (Customs – now integrated into the Australian Border Force) met its legal obligations when exercising powers given to it under telecommunications interception and access legislation.

Telcos call for quick action on ACMA reform

The government should move quickly to implement the recommendations of the review into the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), telco industry body Communications Alliance said today.

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