Government IT

 

Cyber conflict

Australia launches cyber weapons: sources

The frequency and severity of global cyber-attacks is rising rapidly, and Australia has deployed its own weapons.

Christopher Joye   Australia is no innocent bystander to cyber conflict, sources claim.

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Government

Abbott dismisses social media as 'electronic graffiti', again

Defacement: Graffiti, electronic or otherwise, has not always been kind to Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Lucy Battersby   While the Prime Minister dismissed social media criticism as "electronic graffiti", his government has been spending millions of dollars on social media strategies.

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Abbott promotes Turnbull to take charge of e-government

Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull (pictured) have announced the creation of a new Digital Transformation Office within government.

James Massola   Prime Minister Tony Abbott has bolstered Malcolm Turnbull's ministerial duties, handing him greater responsibility for e-government in a push to expand the use of a single digital identity for Australians.

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Government

State of a tech-savvy union: Obama's tech policy wish list

Barack Obama delivering the State of Union address

Matthew Hall   US President Barack Obama wants to support a secure, free and open internet, but the Republican-controlled Congress may thwart him.

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Surveillance

Microsoft handed FBI data on Charlie Hebdo probe in 45 minutes

A rally for free speech at Dam Square in Amsterdam.

Tracey Lien   Company lawyer says private companies can cooperate with governments within limits.

Smartphones will tell Canberrans where to park

Drivers will be able to get parking information on their smartphones.

Clare Colley   Pick up your smartphone, enter the address of where you want to go and be directed to the closest car-parking space.

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Obama's cybersecurity push may elicit bipartisan compromise

President Barack Obama.

Roberta Rampton and Alina Selyukh   President Barack Obama on Tuesday will announce a renewed push to beef up US cybersecurity laws after recent headline-grabbing hacks against companies like Sony Pictures and Home Depot.

Sydney suburbs urged to switch to NBN as soon as possible to retain fixed-line internet

Rolling out: The NBN will become available to 20,000 homes in western Sydney in next few months.

Inga Ting   Over the next two months, about 20,000 homes and businesses in western Sydney will have their landline and internet services replaced by high-speed internet, as the NBN is launched.

TPG withdraws super-fast fibre service competing with NBN

TPG wanted to capture city customers from NBN Co using fibre-to-the-basement technology.

Ben Grubb   TPG Telecom's controversial fibre-to-the-basement service, which competes with the national broadband network, has been withdrawn from sale following regulations imposed on it by the federal government.

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China

Gmail blocked further in China after months of disruption

Google has been the target of an official crackdown in China for several years, with Gmail clients the latest casualty.

Edward Wong, Kiki Zhao   The Chinese government appears to have blocked the ability of people in China to gain access to Google's email service through third-party email clients, which many Chinese and foreigners had been relying on to use their Gmail accounts.

Broadband

Stuck in a blackspot: the fight for the right to broadband

The core deal sees Telstra retain a net present value of about $11 billion.

Larissa Nicholson   While the NBN is installed in some parts of the city, many households in this Melbourne suburb cannot get a basic broadband service.

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ACT technology and security upgrades called for

ACT auditor-general Maxine Cooper said controls over government computer systems and passwords should be strengthened to end weaknesses and reduce the risk of fraudulent access.

Tom McIlroy   Key holes in the ACT government's information technology infrastructure and processes present security and data protection risks to critical information, a new audit has found. 

Broadband

Telstra secures $390 million contract to design multi-tech NBN

The core deal sees Telstra retain a net present value of about $11 billion.

Telstra has secured a contract to provide planning and design for the national broadband network worth up to $390 million.

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Broadband

The real broadband benefit? Spend $1, get $5 back

A global report on broadband paints a rosier picture of economic benefits down the line.

Hannah Francis   Rolling out a national fixed broadband network by 2030 can boost a nation's economy by $5 for every $1 invested, a new report shows.

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Broadband

NBN Co's new Telstra deal is as good as NBN will get

The federal government has thwarted plans by private companies to force high-rise buildings

Paul Budde   While we can argue Australia will have a second-rate version of a National Broadband Network, the reality is that with the new $11 billion deal with Telstra inked, this will be as good as it will get for the foreseeable future.

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Rangers to use helicopter drones to fight weeds

A 3.6 metre long remote-controlled helicopter will tackle one the country's most noxious weeds: blackberry.

The 3.6 metre long remote-controlled Yamaha helicopter will be equipped with two 10 litre tanks of herbicide.

NBN

Telstra, NBN in new deal to speed up rollout

NBN roll-out

Old Telstra and Optus pay-TV cables will be used to roll out the National Broadband Network quicker and cheaper, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull says.

Queensland police to get 'Star Wars-type technology'

Robocop Queensland Police hat

Amy Remeikis   Police Commissioner Ian Stewart sees the future of Queensland policing looking a lot like Robocop. 

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Broadband

We want to accelerate NBN rollout: Bill Morrow

NBN Co has not yet concluded negotiations to use existing HFC infrastructures.

Andrew Colley   NBN Co wants to exceed its target of passing 5.3 million premises by December 2016 by upgrading the pay TV cable networks.

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