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Information Technology Supplier Advocate job abolished

Australia has abolished its Information Technology Supplier Advocate, a Canberra-based role designed to help small biz jump through the hoops of government contracting. The incumbent, Don Easter, finishes work next Monday. The position of Information Technology Supplier Advocate was created in 2010 when, as Labor Senator Kate …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jun 2014

US, China, ink tariff-free technology trade pact

The United States of America and the People's Republic of China have agreed to abolish tariffs on each other's technology products. Announced at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit in Beijing on Monday, the deal won't immediately mean unfettered access for US and Chinese companies, because the agreement was …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Nov 2014

By 2019 world will spend $2.8 TREELLION on the rubbish we write about

Information technology analyst house IDC says that world spending on information technology will hit US$2.8 trillion in 2019, up from this year's $2.46 trillion. Healthcare outfits will do the heaviest lifting, lifting their spending by a compound annual growth rate of 5.5 per cent. Financial services types, the media sector …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Feb 2016
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Indian scientists teach computers to see by watching Cricket

Indian researchers from Xerox and the International Institute of Information Technology at Hyderabad have used the sport of Cricket to develop a novel approach to interpreting human movement recorded by video. As the trio of authors from the Institute's Centre for Visual Information Technology write, in an ArXiv paper titled …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Nov 2015

Pentagon on manual mission to build nation-wide security database

US Defence bureaucrats are bashing numbers into a database in a bid to develop what the agency hopes will become an automated security scorecard, assessing vulnerability exposure across the country's networks and weapons systems. The scorecard is at present a manual effort to help identify vulnerabilities and propose the means …
Darren Pauli, 21 Sep 2015

Internet of Things 'smart' devices are dumb by design

Princeton boffins have looked at the networking behavior of a bunch of Internet of Things kit and found – stop me if you've heard this one – device makers aren't paying attention. The pair, PhD student Sarthak Grover and Center for Information Technology Policy fellow Roya Ensafi, say the devices they tested obey the rules of …
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Uncle Sam's IT bods find 2,000 data centers they FORGOT about

US government agencies are being called out by Congress after it was revealed that they are falling woefully short in data center consolidation efforts. Earlier this month, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that the number of data centers the American administration runs has gone up, in part because an …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Nov 2015

WTO cuts tariffs on $1tn worth of 'IT' gizmos

Wealth is now available to all in IT, following the World Trade Organisation's members agreeing to update the Information Technology Agreement, cutting tariffs on $1tn worth of IT products. Finalised on Friday, the members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) have agreed that tariffs ought to be cut on IT products, from new …

Mostly harmless: Berlin boffins bleat post epic TrueCrypt audit feat

Ten auditors from the lauded Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology have given TrueCrypt a security tick after completing a comprehensive six-month audit under contract from the German Government. The 77-page report dug up extra vulnerabilities in the once-popular encryption platform but say none are sufficient …
Darren Pauli, 23 Nov 2015
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Europe, China line up their best bureaucrats for epic 5G battle

European and Chinese telco bureaucrats are stripped and ripped and ready for four years of obstacle-course-racing to make sure their 5G is the 5G for the whole world. Although Europe and China are officially cooperating on 5G standards, both sides want their patents to be the best patents, their standards to be the best …

Tech giants gang up on Obama over encryption key demands

A pair of technology industry pressure groups have sent a letter to President Obama asking his administration to back off demands that companies give government agencies the ability to decrypt all user data. In the letter [PDF], the Information Technology Industry Council (ITIC) and the Software and Information Industry …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jun 2015

UC Berkeley profs blast secret IT monitoring kit on campus

Academics at the University of California Berkeley have protested after it emerged that management had put a secret data slurping device into the campus that was mapping and storing all network traffic. "The intrusive device is capable of capturing and analyzing all network traffic to and from the Berkeley campus and has …
Iain Thomson, 05 Feb 2016
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Deutsche Bank's creaking IT systems nervously eyeing bins

Deutsche Bank is the latest financial institution to announce plans to rip out its creaking IT, according to reports. According to the Financial Times, John Cryan, the new boss of Deutsche Bank, is determined to overhaul the creaking computer systems that he blames for its woes. It follows a major management restructure last …
Kat Hall, 27 Oct 2015
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DARPA commits to brain-computer interface development project

Do you use your brain to control your computer, like Clint Eastwood did in Firefox (yes, that one), the rather underrated 1982 spy drama? No, us neither, but thanks to a new research project launched by the US military, we may one day be able to. A new programme from the US's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) …

US Army bug hunters in 'state of fear' that sees flaws go unreported

The US Army has gaping holes in its information security infrastructure and operates an environment of vulnerability reporting fear, according to current and former members of the department's cyber wing. Captain Michael Weigand and Captain Rock Stevens make the comments in an academic piece on the Cyber Defense Review, a …
Darren Pauli, 27 Oct 2015
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From DNA to Twitter: Data's digital journey to commodity

Big Data and All That In attempting any technological history, one of the traditional difficulties is to know where to begin. This difficulty follows from a flawed assumption that there is a story that is linear and began in one place at one time. The real world is not like that. Technology is more like a river that has its origins in any number of …
John Watkinson, 22 Jan 2016

Bloodthirsty data parasites hungrily eye up healthcare sector

The healthcare industry sees 340 per cent more security incidents and attacks than the average market segment, according to a new study by Raytheon|Websense. Raytheon|Websense also warns that healthcare organisations are more than 200 per cent more likely to encounter data theft. Carl Leonard, principal security analyst at …
John Leyden, 24 Sep 2015
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Gods' own broadband: Loon option for DEITY

Alphabet has its eye on its next billion, reportedly holding meetings in India to get Project Loon off the ground. The country's IT minister, responsible for the gloriously-named DEITY (Department of Electronics and Information Technology), expressed his interest in the project late last week. The move would add India to the …

Hackers steal files on 4 million US govt workers

The agency tasked with recruiting workers for the US government has fessed up to allowing the personal details of 4 million people to be stolen by hackers. The US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has sent out an alert to current and former government employees warning of the data breach. "Beginning June 8 and continuing …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Jun 2015
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Obama's IT reforms saved about one per cent of spending

In 2010 the US federal government decided it needed a data centre consolidation initiative and a “25-point implementation plan to reform federal information technology management ((PDF) to save dough and improve efficiency, but a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) audit suggests neither outcome has been achieved. The …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Sep 2015
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EU, China promise 5G cooperation, seek an understanding on standards

The EU and China have pledged to work hand in hand on rolling out the next generation of mobiles and mobile networks. Digi Commissioner Gunther H-dot Oettinger signed a symbolic agreement with Miao Wei, Chinese Minister of Industry and Information Technology at Monday’s “High Level Economic and Trade Dialogue” in Beijing. “5G …
Jennifer Baker, 28 Sep 2015
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Thought Apple was kidding about diversity? Here's 50 MEEELLION reasons you're wrong

Apple has announced a $50m donation to help improve diversity in the science and technology fields. The company revealed on Tuesday that it would be pledging the cash to a group of charities aiming to train women, minorities, and military veterans for careers in the information technology sector. "We wanted to create …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Mar 2015
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India to cripple its tech sector with proposed encryption crackdown

The Indian government has published a draft of its latest plans for encryption. The proposals spell bad news for domestic software developers and will make other companies looking to do business in the subcontinent very nervous indeed. The new National Encryption Policy [PDF] proposed by the nation's Department of Electronics …
Iain Thomson, 21 Sep 2015
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India to add seven new elite IT training institutes

India has named the three cities in which it will build new Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and revealed it will name another four cities in January 2016 to bring the total count of such institutions to 25. India is blunt about the purpose of the IITs, saying they “are expected to bring out high quality IT …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Dec 2015

The Register invests in Infrastructure (channel)

Site news IT infrastructure: a combined set of hardware, software, networks, facilities, etc. (including all of the information technology), in order to develop, test, deliver, monitor, control or support IT service (ITIL v3). Today we introduce a new content section to The Register. It’s called “Infrastructure” - and as you may already …
David Gordon, 16 Jun 2015

Cloud busting: Alibaba pumps $1bn into Aliyun, hopes it will rain cash

Chinese Amazon equivalent Alibaba is pumping $1bn (£637m) into its cloudy arm Aliyun, thereby injecting cold, hard cash into its global domination plans. The investment is intended to further its international presence, as the firm intends to cosy up with more local partners. Part of the investment pot will be used to set up …
Kat Hall, 29 Jul 2015
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Homeland Insecurity: OIG audit identifies numerous deficiencies

An Office of the Inspector General audit into the US Department of Homeland Security has identified a range of deficiencies across the agency, which is responsible for America's cybersecurity. The 36-page audit (PDF) was published with the positive title "[Department of Homeland Security (DHS)] Can Strengthen its Cyber Mission …
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China has a chip to fry with y'all: Wants its own chip smarts and fabs

China is making more moves as it tries to set up an indigenous and patent-protected semi-conductor chip capability. Xu Jinghong, the chairman of Tsinghua Holdings, said in a Davos World Economic Forum interview that Tsinghua wanted to buy two semi-conductor manufacturing companies. Analyst haus Stifel Nicolaus' MD Aaron …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jan 2016
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NSW to give more IT money to Department of Education

NSW's IT-inept Department of Education is being offered nearly AUD$50 million for new TAFE computer systems and courseware, if it can flog land, close campuses, and relocate courses to fund it. Australia's Greens party has used freedom of information laws to land a juicy document that outlines the planned asset sales: …
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Prostrate yourself before the GNU, commands Indian DEITY

The best-acronymed government department in the world – India's Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY) – has laid out a new policy (PDF) commanding the nation's government to use only open source software. The policy statement is rather blunt: Government of India shall endeavour to adopt Open Source …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Mar 2015
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Google ponders purified Pakistani YouTube

Pakistan's Standing Committee on Information Technology and Communications has recommended that the nation end its ban on YouTube. Pakistan was unhappy with YouTube for years, on grounds that it made it possible to view content considered blasphemous. Once the controversial film “Innocence of Muslims” made it to Google's …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Sep 2015
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Atos buys up Xerox ITO, splashing almost $1 billion in process

Atos has completed its acquisition of Xerox's outsourcing biz as the French firm gears up for an American invasion. The company snapped up Xerox ITO (Information Technology Outsourcing) for $966m (£618m), slightly less than the initial $1.05bn (£670m) agreement announced back in December. Thierry Breton, Atos chief exec, said …
Kat Hall, 02 Jul 2015
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Indian DEITY plans 14 Exabyte cloud storage rig

India last week launched a national Digital locker, a kind of Dropbox clone it hopes will simplify citizens' interactions with government. The service offers a Gigabyte for eligible citizens, which isn't a lot. Until you multiply it by India's 1.4 billion citizens and get to a potential for 14 Exabytes if the system ever fills …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Jul 2015

Indian DEITY lifts national pr0n ban

India's ban on online pornography looks to have gone limp after four days, after a DEITY recommended a change of interpretation to the nation's ban on 857 sites. The DEITY in question is India's marvellously-named Department of Electronics and Information Technology. DEITY is India's acronym, as the deity.gov.in website …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Aug 2015

Unsurprising report: UK local govt sites remain totally crap

Although tech is often characterised as a fast-paced industry, in local government IT change happens at more glacial speeds, at least according to a report on the councils' websites. A study by public sector organisation the Society of Information Technology Management (SOCITM) found local authority websites have "failed to …
Kat Hall, 12 Feb 2015

Arabic-speaking cyberspies targeting BOFHs with crude but effective attacks

An Arabic-speaking cyber-espionage group, active since 2012, has stepped up its attacks over the last six months, according to new research from Kaspersky Lab. The so-called "Gaza cyber-gang" focuses on attacking government entities, especially embassies, and primarily targets information technology and incident response staff …
John Leyden, 30 Sep 2015

Rise up against Oracle class stupidity and join the infosec strike

Sysadmin blog Information security and privacy are important. Stop being Oracle-class short-termist assholes. Stop waffling, dodging and procrastinating. Get your heads out of your asses and start doing something to improve things for everyone. You. Yes, you there reading this article. I don't care who you are, you have the power to be part …
Trevor Pott, 12 Aug 2015

Hooray! China suspends ban on foreign tech in banking

EU tech firms are heaving several huge sighs of relief, as China lifts a ban on foreign tech in banking, although it may only be a stay of execution. Beijing officials notified authorities on Thursday that they would “suspend the implementation” of a controversial new law that effectively blocks any non-Chinese tech company …
Jennifer Baker, 17 Apr 2015
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Boffins set networking record with marathon 12,000 km fiber data run

A group of university researchers claim to have developed a method to increase the data bandwidth of fiber optic cables by eliminating a barrier that has limited the maximum power at which optical signals can be sent. The team from University of California, San Diego said its method of adjusting the frequency of light signals …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Jun 2015
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Flexible friend: Data's Big digital journey online

Big Data and All That The media appear to suffer from a congenital compulsion to simplify everything down to a level they can grasp. Big data is one of those simplifications: something that can be shoved down a Fat Pipe. Enid Blyton passed away before the IT explosion and only got as far as Big Ears. I don’t get any pleasure from nursery language …
John Watkinson, 03 Dec 2015
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Twitter fears big EU tech payout to pacify lawmakers over data-slurping concerns

A fretful Twitter has told investors that it may be forced to shell out cash on IT infrastructure in Europe if the Safe Harbor pact between the EU and the US collapses. The profit-shy company, which derives most of its revenues from advertising, revealed its fears in Twitter's annual report published on Tuesday. Meanwhile, it …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Mar 2015
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What balls! India blocks 0.00008 per cent of web in anti-pr0n move

The Indian government has got a grip on the Asian nation's masturbation issues and dished out an order to ISPs to block access to a staggering 857 pornography websites. While the private perusal of pornography is perfectly permissible in India, both its sale and distribution is a criminal offence. The nation, birthplace to …
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Brits to teach Norks hacks about 'multimedia websites'. 5% of DPRK is in for a TREAT

A group of North Korean journalists will visit the UK next year to "observe how multimedia websites work at British media companies". The Foreign and Commonwealth Office-funded project Inside Out: Working in North Korea to connect its journalists to the internet world aims to give North Korean journalists a greater understanding …
Kat Hall, 01 Dec 2014
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As the US realises it's been PWNED, when will OPM heads roll?

Heads are set to roll at the Office of Personnel Management as director Katherine Archuleta continues to receive a grilling from Senate committees, who are beginning to realise that the country's entire intelligence workforce has been utterly pwned, probably by a hostile nation. Archuleta, alongside OPM's Chief Information …
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Toshiba shares go over a cliff after probe into hidden losses

Toshiba's shares have dived 22 per cent in a week after the company commenced a probe into accounting irregularities, rescinded previous profit guidance and cancelled a planned dividend payment. Toshiba's Notice Regarding Establishment of Independent Investigation Comittee (PDF) explains that some projects went pear-shaped, but …
Simon Sharwood, 12 May 2015

India to develop an API for entire government

India has released a “Policy on Open APIs for Government of India” (PDF) that calls on the nation's government to develop APIs to let departments share information with each other and with the public. Many of India's government agencies are infamously moribund and Indians bemoan the short working hours, can't-do attitude and …

Tech goliaths stand firm against demands for weaker encryption after Paris terror attacks

Tech giants claim they are standing firm in their refusal to allow government agencies to backdoor their cryptography – or to weaken encryption in their products. The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), which bills itself as the "global voice of the tech sector" and contains such giants as Apple, Google, and …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Nov 2015
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GCHQ: Ensure biz security by STOPPING everyone from TALKING

GCHQ is advising organisations to consider stripping staff of smartphones and memory sticks in order to make themselves less exposed to cyber attacks. The advice from the intelligence agency's CESG (Communications-Electronics Security Group) information assurance arm comes against a backdrop of increased concerns about the theft …
John Leyden, 19 Mar 2015
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Step forward the chief information security officer

What does the modern chief information security officer (Ciso) look like? The role used to be little more than acting as a glorified sysadmin but things have changed. These days, Cisos must be all-rounders, concentrating not just on technology but on business too. “In recent years, the role of the Ciso has become more business …
Danny Bradbury, 15 Nov 2011

Hillary Clinton: Stop helping terrorists, Silicon Valley – weaken your encryption

Hillary Clinton has joined a growing number of politicians using the Paris attacks earlier this month to argue for a weaker encryption. Speaking at Council on Foreign Relations in Washington Thursday, the presidential candidate talked extensively about Islamic State, the recent attacks in Paris and what the US government could …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Nov 2015