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Australian IT sector sees skills glut

New research by the Australian Department of Employment has shown that the domestic information technology market is a long way from experiencing a skills shortage, with an average of almost 50 applicants per advertised job in the sector.

January 27, 2015 by

£3m project seeks to define privacy for EC

European policy-makers want to nail down the terms 'privacy' and 'security' to help formulate future legislation, and have given a group of researchers more than €3m to conduct a project to gauge European attitudes to the concepts.The Prisms project, which quietly launched on 1 February, was announced on Thursday by German research body the Fraunhofer Institute.

March 23, 2012 by

Convergence review ready for submissions

The government today called for submissions on its convergence review of media and communications policy and legislation, releasing a framing paper to guide discussions with industry and the wider community. The final report is due for release in March 2012.

April 27, 2011 by

Do you support a mandatory internet filter?

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy announced a plan yesterday to introduce mandatory internet filtering legislation in the middle of year. Industry has welcomed the policy and Twitter has exploded in fury, but what do you think?

December 15, 2009 by

Gov't confusion over national 2Mbps commitment

Confusion has broken out within government circles over the 2Mbps universal broadband coverage that was called for by Stephen Carter's Digital Britain report.At a Parliament and Internet conference held in London on Thursday, the head of broadband policy for Lord Mandelson's Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) said the government had "never said there will be 2Mbps [provided to UK citizens] at any given time".

October 15, 2009 by

Government to help get more bodies in IT

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Julia Gillard, introduced the Skills Australia Bill 2008 to Parliament yesterday, with some observers already saying it will bolster the IT industry in fighting the skills crisis.

February 14, 2008 by

Google on Markey net neutrality bill:let's stop the "gatekeepers"

Without mentioning Comcast's broadband Internet throttling by name, Google's Public Policy analyst and blogger Derek Slater has just made a post resoundingly in favor of the net neutrality legislation introduced this week by Congressmen Ed Markey and Chip Pickering:Today, Rep. Ed Markey and Chip Pickering introduced bipartisan legislation to help preserve Internet freedom and explicitly make "net neutrality" a guiding principle of U.

February 14, 2008 by

Too funny. French employment policies.

I first encountered the difference between French and US employment policy during the dot com boom and I was working with a friend, Gilles Lerat, on an electronic coupon management solution he had developed. His company, a successful security consulting and reseller firm, was worried about the "employment police" who would stake out their parking lot and fine the company if they uncovered evidence that people were working late.

February 1, 2008 by

Building a better NCLB?

A report in eSchool News discusses potential updates to the No Child Left Behind legislation, with a focus on "21st Century Skills." While I always look forward to recommendations from fearless bureaucrats whose children attend private schools in suburban Maryland and Virginia, it appears that the chair of the House education committee (George Miller, D-Calif.

August 6, 2007 by

Google vs US immigration policy

Google is taking on the US immigration system, which it says is limiting the flow of talent to its US operations. In a fascinating blog post, Google's policy council Pablo Chavez derides the country's stinginess with H-1B visas, the temporary permits given to foreign-born workers with specialised skills.

June 7, 2007 by

No shortage of ICT skills: DEWR

The latest survey from the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR) has shown that there is "no national shortage" of skills in the Information and Communications Technology industry. According to the DEWR Skills Shortage Survey Update and Employment Vacancy Trends, no ICT skills were in national shortage.

October 27, 2004 by

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