Articles about Government : AU
It wouldn't be another news week if our governments didn't disappoint us in some way or another. The UK seems to be tiring of civil liberties, Russia is tiring of civility, and North Korea is way overdue for its little nap. Plus (no surprise), the Department of Homeland Security is insecure.
Australians will be offered a single digital identity to access services across federal, state, and local branches of government.
The peak national body representing companies including Apple, Google, Telstra, and Optus has said that the Australian government's draft data-retention legislation is too ambiguous.
Microsoft handed over data linked to the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack to the FBI in double-quick time, noting that extra snooping should only happen under certain circumstances.
The lobby group representing technology giants including Google, Twitter, Microsoft, and Facebook has said that the mandatory data-retention legislation before the Australian parliament could see its own services caught up by the scheme.
The leaks from Edward Snowden on the US government's surveillance operations have hastened the need for mandatory data retention, according to the Australian Attorney-General's Department.
Freed from competition by a single-minded government, NBN Co is free to cherry pick to its heart's content, drip feeding its fibre-to-the-basement services to Australia's wealthiest areas. Yet, with so many concessions made to Telstra and so much about the NBN still up in the air, there is still more lost than gained.
Potential security vulnerabilities found in the NSW roads management network could lead to accidents and vehicle congestion, according to a new report by the NSW auditor-general.
The Australian Department of Defence has revealed that it will commence its first public cloud trial of Google Apps in April.
An unknown number of government websites have been compromised by a hacker who reportedly exfiltrated more than 770,000 records from the computer system and database of Australian travel insurer Aussie Travel Cover.
The Newman government has promised that front-line officers of the Queensland Police will receive an additional 5,400 iPads to help them access information faster and call for assistance instantly.
Approximately 6,000 premises in Sydney, Melbourne, and the ACT will be the first to be connected to the NBN via fibre to the basement.
The NSW Roads and Maritime Service is hauling Uber drivers to court, with the agency issuing at least 10 court attendance notifications to drivers within the ride-sharing company's Sydney operation.
The Australian Department of Defence is running a 24-month pilot of Google Apps as its first major step towards using cloud services.
To blame Australia's drop in the Akamai State of the Internet ranking for peak and average broadband speeds on the government's decision to move away from fibre to the premises for the NBN defies reality.
Operating and maintaining the sensitive IT equipment in Australia's tropical far north can be a challenging undertaking, but NEC Australia has worked out a way to keep things running for some of Australia's most remote communities.
Not-for-profit organisation OLPC Australia's new program, One Education, has now distributed 20,000 computing devices to schools throughout Australia, with a celebration held last week at a school where every student and teacher has a device.
Business-technology exhibition CeBIT 2012 kicked off today, bringing together a who's who of technology players. Many exhibitors appeared to be playing it safe, with booth babes absent from view. Instead, a few took BYO to heart, and brought their own trucks, caravans and bikes.
The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials Australasia conference gives vendors a chance to show off the latest and greatest tech for keeping the public safe and dealing with emergency situations. ZDNet Australia took a sneak peak at some of the tech on show.
National ICT Australia (NICTA) has thrown its doors open for the seventh time in as many years, inviting all to see what's next in cutting-edge technology and also to open the Digital Productivity Showcase, a demonstration of future applications that will likely use and show the capabilities of the National Broadband Network.
New South Wales Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner officially opened Dimension Data's newest customer service centre in Sydney's Macquarie Park today.
Australia and New Zealand have handed in their written proposal that lays out why the nations should be chosen to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the continent-sized radio telescope.
The annual CeBIT show started today in Sydney, with numerous speeches from technology heavy weights as well as stands from vendors ready to spruik their technology.
The Victorian Education Department officially opened its latest "connected classroom" on Friday with the state's Education Minister Martin Dixon doing the honours.
Australian media preservation and digitisation company DAMsmart is responsible for processing thousands and thousands of hours of culturally significant footage. Here's a glimpse at some of the tech used behind-the-scenes at their Canberra office.
The Royal Australian Navy has today pulled the covers off an advanced virtual-reality training simulator to train junior officers in combat.
When you think CIA, the last word likely to come to mind is "open". And yet the US spy organisation has begun to lift the lid — albeit ever so slightly — in a bid to cultivate public support. In fact, the agency recently launched a retooled website, complete with YouTube and Flickr channels.
National ICT Australia (NICTA) held its annual Techfest event on Wednesday where it showcased the latest and greatest in research technology.
After Victoria University opened its datacentre in Sunshine, Victoria in 2009, it has been progressively migrating its infrastructure services over from its old, inefficient centre in Footscray to the new site, and plans to ramp up the migration over the next six months.
Today Australians took to the streets in Sydney to support Wikileaks and freedom of speech, as well as to protest the arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
Appointing critics of Labor's National Broadband Network (NBN) project to the cost-benefit analysis review will result in the upcoming report stating the Coalition government's policy was correct, according to Shadow Communications Minister Jason Clare.
Greens communications spokesperson Scott Ludlam believes making Foxtel-exclusive content available on other platforms is the best method to reduce copyright infringement in Australia.
Australian Government Chief Technology Officer John Sheridan speaks to ZDNet about the implementation of cloud within government agencies, and the cloud provider panel.
Regions looking to emulate Silicon Valley should avoid going head-to-head with it, says Robert Scoble, Rackspace startup liaison officer.
In a sit-down interview with ZDNet, Australian Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull promised that under a Coalition government, NBN Co will be more transparent and more business-like than it is today.
Last week, iVEC, a joint venture of the CSIRO and four Western Australian universities, oversaw the installation of the second portion of the Australian Government's $80 million supercomputer investment. The supercomputer will provide the grunt to process data for research projects such as the global Square Kilometre Array (SKA) initiative.
While some companies have taken to social media like ducks to water, others are frightened to even dip their toes in. ZDNet Australia held a roundtable this month with IT executives from top Australian companies to gauge how social they are and how social they'd like to be.
The much-hyped Google Android phone operating system will hit Australia on 29 January 2009, in the form of the Kogan Agora and Agora Pro. At first glance, this looks to be one of the most exciting products of the year.
Motorola's super slim SLVR L7 is a beautifully crafted phone with features including an MP3 player, push-to-talk and Bluetooth.
Acer's Aspire 9504 incorporates a lot of empowering technology, although its chief TV offering is rather weak.
Samsung's D500 was voted the best mobile handset of 2005 by the GSM association. Can the upgraded D600 outdo it in 2006?
Those looking for a rugged phone that can take the bumps will do well to flock to the Nokia 5140i.
Can the addition of GPS on HP's latest PDA-phone inject some much-needed oomph back into the dwindling PDA market?
For business users needing to keep in touch with the office on the road, the A1000 is a viable option. Others may find that life is too short to wait for applications to load.
A top-shelf 3G offering with a focus on multimedia, the Z800i is a real crowd-pleaser despite its bulk factor.
We can barely fault the 2-megapixel K750i from Sony Ericsson, which is a very compelling and easy-to-use handset for mobile users looking to upgrade.
Can the addition of GPS on HP's latest PDA-phone inject some much-needed oomph back into the dwindelling PDA market?
Nokia's 6230i is an upgraded version of its classic, unpretentious 6230 with a higher quality screen, 1.3-megapixel camera and Bluetooth.
Sony Ericsson's K300i is an easy to use, inexpensive phone with a modest range of features including a VGA camera, infrared port and a media player. Read our Australian review to find out more.
Siemens's SL65 slider phone is a conundrum of sorts. Will it stand outenough to become a favourite slider phone? Or will it simply fade inthe myriad of choices in the market today?
The 3230 continues Nokia's run of style-plus-substance phones, offering a 1.2-megapixel camera, video editing and a positively lush-looking screen.
Samsung's latest slider phone, the D500, looks a lot like its sliding predecessor, but comes in a black case with a megapixel camera and an MP3 player.