Government News, Features, and Interviews

  • ASIC clamps down on dodgy ICOs and crypto asset funds

    ​The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) today revealed it had stepped in to stop five initial coin offerings (ICOs) from raising capital since April.

    20 Sept. 18 15:58 Written by George Nott
  • Government’s telco security legislation takes effect

    The Telecommunications Sector Security Reform (TSSR) — the legislative framework that the government has used to ban Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE from participating in the rollout of 5G — have today come into force.

    18 Sept. 18 15:40 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • ABS seeks to avoid #CensusFail 2.0

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics has begun its preparations for the 2021 Census, seeking a supplier to provide the online component of the national data-gathering exercise.

    18 Sept. 18 11:46 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Collie solar data centre proposal gets govt backing

    A proposal to build a “behind the grid” data centre – which it is claimed will be the first in Australia to be “powered primarily from renewable energy sources” – has received the backing of the Western Australian government.

    14 Sept. 18 15:41 Written by George Nott
  • NSW’s Spatial Services embraces serverless, agile

    A cadastre — an authoritative record of land boundaries — is not a new concept, but a recent New South Wales project has given it a distinctly modern twist, with the state government’s Spatial Services agency rolling out a cloud-based ‘cadastre as a service’ offering.

    14 Sept. 18 12:58 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Digital rights groups call for government to scrap surveillance bill

    A coalition of digital rights groups has called for the government’s draft surveillance bill to be scrapped wholesale, saying that it “effectively enacts insecurity by design” and will create “extremely broad powers with almost no oversight without any substantive justification”.

    11 Sept. 18 12:42 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • NSW digital licence rollout driven by blockchain

    A blockchain-based platform is helping ensure the security of the New South Wales government’s rollout of digital driver’s licences, according to Sydney-based Secure Logic.

    10 Sept. 18 12:19 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Social media giants call for narrower role for eSafety Commissioner

    An industry organisation whose members include Facebook, Google, Oath and Twitter has questioned the scope of the eSafety Commissioner’ responsibilities and called for the government to end duplication when it comes to policing social media content.

    06 Sept. 18 12:39 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Government funds ‘Cyber Training’ range for ADF

    The Australian Defence Force (ADF) will get a ‘Cyber Training’ range to boost its information security training capabilities, the government announced today.

    04 Sept. 18 20:12 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • South Australia seeks to lure space agency

    South Australia’s government has set aside funding to develop the ‘Australian Space Innovation Precinct’ at Lot Fourteen (the former Royal Adelaide Hospital site) as part its efforts to lure the Australian Space Agency to the state.

    04 Sept. 18 19:51 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Five Eyes to tech industry: Make access to online communications possible, or else

    The attorneys-general and interior ministers of the Five Eyes nations — Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US — have called for ICT service providers “to voluntarily establish lawful access solutions to their products and services that they create or operate in our countries”.

    31 Aug. 18 12:10 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Pia Andrews takes on NSW digital government role

    Pia Andrews, well known for her work in the areas of open government and open source, will return to Australia’s shores to take on a new role with the New South Wales government.

    31 Aug. 18 11:17 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • WA’s GovNext-ICT program to fall short on savings, audit finds

    The Western Australian government’s GovNext-ICT program will cut IT costs — but not to the extent originally expected when the program was launched, according to a new report from the state’s auditor general.

    30 Aug. 18 13:01 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Surveillance legislation: Government’s ‘lip service’ on backdoors

    Draft government legislation intended to increase law enforcement organisations’ ability to monitor the use of online communications services pays “some lip service to not creating backdoors”, according to Robin Doherty, a privacy advocate and a security champion at software consultancy ThoughtWorks.

    27 Aug. 18 14:48 Written by Rohan Pearce
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