Government IT

 

Leaks

FBI narrows in on 'second Snowden' whistleblower

Whistleblower: Someone said to be employed by a US government contractor is leaking secrets to the same journalists who worked with Edward Snowden.

Tim Biggs   The FBI has reportedly raided the home of a new whistleblower, working for a US contracting firm, thought to have been inspired by Edward Snowden.

Brisbane to outsource data centres and fibre network

Brisbane City Council has an annual budget of $2.9 billion.

Sylvia Pennington   The Brisbane City Council is continuing its technology outsourcing push planning to contract out the management of two data centres and a fibre-optic network next year.

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Internet of Things

Australian cities in no hurry to become smart

Selling smart cities: John Chambers, Cisco chairman and CEO.

Matthew Hall   As the high-tech ''connected city'' becomes reality around the world, local governments in Australia are taking the cautious route.

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Digital government

NSW government wants to 'be like Apple'

A huge fan of Apple and its customer service philosophy: Dominic Perrottet.

Stuart Corner   The NSW Government has joined the tech race, committing to a "digital transformation" to deliver an Apple-like customer experience to its residents.

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NBN

NBN complaints rise as rollout grows, report shows

Consumers made 3982 new NBN-related complaints last financial year.

National Broadband Network complaints are on the rise, with consumers often unsure about who's responsible for fixing their problem.

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Copper networks switch off in Ngunnawal and Amaroo

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Henry Belot   Landline telephones in up to 2700 homes and businesses in Ngunnawal and Amaroo will be disconnected from Thursday.

Procurement

Corruption watchdog probes education IT project

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Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie   Victoria's corruption watchdog is running a secret investigation involving past and present senior education bureaucrats and a botched $180 million schools computer project.

Bytes

News bytes for week of October 20, 2014

goCatch catches investors; Australian executives underestimate big data's potential; taxpayers to pay for ATO's iPads and iPhones, and more.

Mobility

ATO managers to get iPhones and iPads

iTax: The Australian Tax Office has announced a mass rollout of Apple devices to middle-tier staff.

Noel Towell   Taxpayers are to pay for iPads and iPhones for up to 5500 ATO middle managers.

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Broadband

NBN Co announces construction trial of 1300 fibre nodes

NBN Co has announced construction of 1300 nodes.

Work is under way to eventually bring the national broadband network to 200,000 homes and businesses in NSW and Queensland, as a construction trial enters a new phase, the company said.

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FBI warns US businesses of cyber attacks, blames Beijing

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The US Federal Bureau of Investigation warned US businesses on Wednesday that hackers it believes to be backed by the Chinese government have recently launched attacks on US companies.

Education

Planes, iPads, laptops: the gateway to better attendance at bush schools

Winnie, 8, with Djamirri, 7, in Primary A class at Milikapiti school in the Tiwi Islands. Technology is credited with helping the school achieve an 84 per cent student attendance rate.

Beverley Head   Distance remains enemy number one in attempts to bridge Australia's digital divide. Come the wet season, green mould will be a close second.

Industry

Apple to blame for Finland's woes: PM

Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb says Apple ruined two key exports for Finland.

Paresh Dave   Finland's prime minister is pointing to Apple Inc. for sinking two of his country's biggest export industries into the ground.

Broadband

Australians opt for faster broadband as downloads surge

More, faster, now: Australians are downloading more than ever before.

David Ramli   Australians are demanding faster internet speeds and downloading more data through their broadband services than ever before.

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Cyber security

Russia Wide Web? Vladimir Putin backs plan to isolate Russian internet

President Vladimir Putin pledges not to  restrict internet access for Russians.

Andrew E. Kramer   President Vladimir Putin appeared on Wednesday to throw his support behind a plan to isolate the Russian internet from the rest of the World Wide Web, but without censorship.

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Communications

NBN carve-up rejected as Vertigan recommendations sidelined

NBN review panel chair Dr Michael Vertigan.

David Ramli   The federal government has rejected recommendations from its own panel to sell parts of the national broadband network and open it up to competition.

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Broadband

Consumers worse off in final NBN Vertigan recommendations

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Matthew Knott   The company running the NBN should stop charging the same amounts for all Australians to access high-speed broadband, final cost-benefit analysis said.

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Neutrality

Incoming EU telco commissioner stands up for net neutrality

Incoming EU Telecoms Commissioner Guenther Oettinger.

Telcos should not be allowed to strike lucrative deals with bandwidth-hungry content providers such as Netflix and Google to provide them with quicker internet access, the incoming EU telecoms commissioner has said.

Eocnomy

Federal government accused of neglecting digital agenda

Too little, too slow: Suzanne Campbell CEO of AIIA wants the federal government to do more.

Sylvia Pennington   The AIIA, the high tech sector's peak body, has accused the federal government of turning its back on the digital economy and e-government initiatives.

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