Government IT



Kiosks give Opal card users option to travel 'anonymously'

Unregistered Opal cards are now available - but only at select stations at select times.

Jacob Saulwick and Ben Grubb   2:57 PM   Public transport users who want to travel via train, ferry or bus anonymously on NSW's Opal card will at last be able to buy unregistered smart cards. But Transport for NSW has confirmed the cards will never be sold over the counter at train stations.

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$15.6m NBN satellite subsidy may not reach enough remote communities


Mahesh Sharma   NBN Co has started dishing out $15.6 million in subsidies in a bid to help 9000 remote premises connect to the NBN.

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Social Media

Clinton praises girls who code, hopes social media becomes reconciliation tool

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, seen here during a visit to Twitter headquarters, has big aspirations for social media in diplomacy.

Lia Timson   Hillary Clinton dropped by Twitter headquarters where she praised 'girls who code' and hoped social media would one day be used to resolve political and diplomatic problems.

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Overhaul of government supplier accreditation

The Queensland government says a paid accreditation scheme will make it easier for suppliers to do business with the state.

Sylvia Pennington   ICT vendors that want to do business with the Queensland government will now be required to pay an annual accreditation fee of $396 to a private organisation before they can be considered for contracts.

Teachers sue over leased laptops

The union is suing the department, claiming the deductions from teachers’ salaries for the laptops are not lawful.

Jewel Topsfield and Benjamin Preiss   Victorian teachers who leased notebook computers from the Education Department could be repaid hundreds of dollars if their union wins a court case.

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Russian media uses Wikipedia to blame MH17 on Ukraine

A white flag marks the site of a body among the wreckage of flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine.

Patrick Hatch   The Russian government has reportedly been caught editing a Wikipedia page relating to crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and removing references to Russian involvement. 


Gaza social media chatter not all it seems

An Israeli mobile artillery unit fires towards Gaza.

Matthew Hall   A computer lab staffed by students in an Israeli university is playing a key role in the war of information in the Gaza conflict.


Changes to NBN inquiry deferred


Matthew Knott   The Abbott government has again deferred a vote on a motion to dissolve the current NBN oversight committee.


Government rejects bid to disclose election software code

The AEC accused Michael Cordover of being "vexatious" after he filed a freedom of information request for the source code to its software for processing Senate election preferences.

Mahesh Sharma   The government has rejected a Senate demand to disclose the Australian Electoral Commission's✓ (AEC) secret computer code used to electronically count Senate preference votes.

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Changes afoot for NBN Senate inquiry


Matthew Knott   The Abbott government is set to dissolve a Senate committee scrutinising the NBN and replace it with a new committee dominated by Coalition members.

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Facial recognition

Facial recognition success rises from NICTA ashes

The Google Glass-style spy spectacles known as X6.

Sylvia Pennington   Facial recognition software which the Queensland government ceased funding two years ago has emerged as a star among cutting edge technologies in the American defence community.

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Cheap, quick and reliable fibre to the premises possible: NBN Co chief

NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow (right) and COO Greg Adcock during the Senate hearing in Canberra on Friday.

Mahesh Sharma   NBN Co has met with a manufacturer promising a cheaper way to deploy fibre broadband to homes.

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'Hackathon' finishes with bright ideas

The GovHack competition

Markus Mannheim   More than 1300 programmers, designers, students and other inquisitive folk took part in this year's weekend-long "hackathon".


'Vexatious' digital activist forces Australian Electoral Commission to release secret computer code

Ratepayers are set to bear much of the cost of WA's council reforms.

Mahesh Sharma   The Senate has forced the Australian Electoral Commission to disclose the source code of its software that counts Senate preference votes after the organisation refused to release it in response to a freedom-of-information request.


Mobile blackspot program a lifesaver for regional areas

mobile phone tower

Paul Fletcher   While the previous government spent lavishly on its planned NBN, it paid no attention to regional and remote mobile coverage, argues Paul Fletcher.

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Final NBN inquiry report not due till next election

The new NBN will use a mix of technologies to deliver fast broadband.

Lia Timson   Australians are unlikely to see a full parliamentary assessment of the national broadband network until the eve of next election, with more hearings to come.

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NICTA's machine learning is top of the class

NICTA suffered funding cuts in the federal budget, and earlier this year lost support from some of the states.

Andrew Colley   Despite losing the confidence of the federal government, Australia's national technology research body is about to be crowned among the best in the world.


CSIRO scientists protest 'unprecedented' job cuts

CSIRO staff in Clayton, Melbourne, protesting the proposed 700 national job losses.

Nick Toscano   The protesters dressed in long lab coats. Their signs were scrawled with science puns. And they laughed while gathering for a group photo. "We're rubbish at this," one said teasingly.


Tech giants battle US 'big money problem'

PAC-MAN: Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak has joined a Super Action Committee to get money out of US politics.

Group of influential tech moguls, including Steve Wozniak and Paypal cofounder Peter Thiel, aim to fix the way elections are financed.

Big data

Ambulance Victoria adds fast data to hospital arrivals

Ambulances now announce their arrival at four Victorian hospitals via a real-time data feed.

Trevor Clarke   Ambulance Victoria has joined the big data movement by establishing a real time data exchange system to provide hospitals greater visibility of incoming patients' needs.

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