Government News, Features, and Interviews

  • The ATO and the mystery of the cables

    The Australian Taxation Office is still unsure as to whether the cables that have been held identified as a key cause for a crippling SAN outage are defective or whether they had been incorrectly installed.

    23 March 18 12:53 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Government to base encryption legislation on UK Snoopers’ Charter

    The use of encrypted messaging services by terrorists and criminals “is potentially the most significant degradation of intelligence capability in modern times,” home affairs minister Peter Dutton has told the ASEAN Counter Terrorism Conference in Sydney.

    19 March 18 11:28 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Walk like there’s encryption

    On February 21, home affairs minister Peter Dutton delivered an address to the National Press Club of Australia in Canberra that broached the subject of making it easier for law enforcement and national security agencies to gain access to encrypted data.

    16 March 18 11:14 Written by Robert Hudson, president, ITPA
  • Tackling duplicate data in the NT justice system

    ​Get caught breaking the law in the Northern Territory and chances are your details will end up within the government’s Integrated Justice Information System.

    15 March 18 12:58 Written by George Nott
  • True cost of government IT outsourcing scrutinised

    The Community and Public Sector Union and the government’s former digital chief have warned that aggressive ICT outsourcing has led to agencies being left at the mercy of external vendors.

    14 March 18 12:47 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • ATO issues bitcoin scam warning

    The Australian Taxation Office says that scammers impersonating the government agency have successfully conned Australians into paying fake tax debts using bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

    14 March 18 10:44 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Victorian government launches all-party AI group

    The Victorian Government has launched an all-party parliamentary group to consider the policy challenges and opportunities presented by artificial intelligence.

    08 March 18 09:28 Written by George Nott
  • NSW government backs ‘Quantum Academy’ for state

    The New South Wales government has committed $500,000 towards developing a University of Sydney proposal to boost postgraduate training and research focused on quantum computing.

    07 March 18 11:20 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Auditor calls for urgent action on NSW government cyber security

    A new report by the New South Wales auditor-general, Margaret Crawford, says that state government agencies’ ability to detect and respond to cyber security incidents “needs to improve significantly and quickly”.

    02 March 18 11:44 Written by Rohan Pearce