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Trans-Pacific Partnership returns, without Trump but more 'comprehensive'

The Trans-Pacific Partnership has been successfully been defibrillated by eleven nations that decided they could still do a deal even though United States president Donald Trump pulled his nation out of the trade pact. It's emerged with a new name, the Comprehensive Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership, CPTPP. As was the case …
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nbn™'s problems were known – in 2008, a year before its birth

Australia's telecommunications ombudsman last week reported a startling and unwelcome 159.3 per cent year-on-year jump in complaints, with more than 40,000 lodged about services on the national broadband network (NBN). The usual tut-tutting took place and nbn™, the company that builds and operates the NBN, came in for …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Oct 2017

Australia approves national database of everyone's mugshots

Updated Australia is to build a national database of as many citizens' images as it can, with state premiers rubber-stamping prime minister Malcolm Turnbull's plan to add drivers' licenses to a national facial recognition database. The plan, called overreach by rights activists like Digital Rights Watch's chair Tim Singleton Norton, …

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull hints at surveillance expansion

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has hinted that the expansion of the nation's facial recognition databases could include private sector access. Turnbull's statement came almost as an aside, under questioning by Sabra Lane on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's AM public affairs program. Lane quizzed the PM on …
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Australian PM Turnbull's AU$1.1bn 'Ideas boom' revealed as a bust

Australia's National Audit Office has published a rather unflattering assessment of prime minister Malcolm Turnbull's signature policy, the “National Innovation and Science Agenda”. Branded as an “Ideas Boom”, the Agenda was delivered just weeks after Turnbull's ascent to the top job in 2015. But the Audit Office (ANAO) says …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Sep 2017

Australia to float 'not backdoors' that behave just like backdoors to Five-Eyes meeting

Australia has joined the list of countries whose politicians hope to crack encryption by fiat, with the nation's attorney-general George Brandis saying he’s going to take the government’s concerns to “Five Eyes” partners the USA, UK, New Zealand Canada. Brandis and Australia's cyber security special advisor Alastair MacGibbon …
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Australia considers joining laptops-on-planes ban

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has said the nation is considering signing up for the laptops-on-planes ban imposed by the United States and United Kingdom. Speaking after announcing a national ship-building plan, Turnbull responded to a question about the ban and said “the government is aware of the changes that …
Simon Sharwood, 16 May 2017
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'Australia Card 2.0' is dead: Government ditches plan for one ID to rule them all

Australia's federal government is sticking with its plans for a federated identity service, but disruption minister Angus Taylor has moved to quell fears of a revived “Australia Card”*. What first emerged last year looking like a “single identity” for all citizens across all Australian governments – before being dumped – isn't …
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Digital Transformation Agency deletes links to GovShare project, says it's still alive

The Australian government's Digital Transformation Agency says one of its signal projects, GovShare, is just fine – but nobody's told the developers that are quietly shovelling dirt onto its coffin. The GovShare site still exists, but hasn't seen any new content posted since 2015, which makes it look an awful lot like an …
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Australian Internet policy remains years behind reality

That Australian policy-makers cannot muster a coherent and consistent approach to the changes wrought by the internet has again been made apparent in recent weeks, by a number of events. The national response to the internet remains, most often, to attempt to control it long after accepted practice makes the attempt to do so …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Dec 2016
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Turnbull's hand-picked disruptor disrupts disruption by departing

Paul Shetler, the head of Australia's Digital Transformation Office/Agency has resigned. A brief canned statement from the Agency offers no information on the reasons for his departure. Beyond a promise to appoint a replacement “in the new year” and a few boilerplate words expressing thanks for his contribution, there's no …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Nov 2016

Fifty bills for new Oz parliament, nothing much for tech

The tech sector's going to have to take care of itself in 2016, at least as far at the Turnbull government's legislative agenda is concerned. As federal parliament resumes in Canberra, the government is choosing between different hills to die on – its union-regulating Building and Construction Commission bill, a corrosive …

IBM used dud DoS shield for failed online census says Oz PM

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull says the reason for the failure of the nation's census is that systems put in place by IBM did not include adequate protection against denial of service (DoS) attacks. In an interview with conservative radio personality Alan Jones, embedded below, Turnbull said “My advice is that the …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Aug 2016

In 2014 Malcolm Turnbull said 'Nobody likes outages' in the cloud

In late 2014, Australia's then-communications-minister and now prime minister Malcolm Turnbull flicked the On switch for Dimension Data's dedicated government cloud. At a press event staged at Parliament House, Turnbull expressed great enthusiasm for cloud and railed against the box-huggers who refuse to adopt it. Turnbull …
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Oz PM's department red-faced after database leaks in the cc: field

The Australian Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, in an excess of security ineptitude, has mistaken the cc: field for the bcc: field. The inevitable result: a database of names and addresses has leaked. The department, on behalf of the Australian government, was e-mailing women on a register called AppointWomen to tell …
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Australia and America working on global no-state-hacking pact

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has visited Washington, DC, and called for internet governance to be made independent of governments and a global no-hack pact. “Every aspect of our lives has been transformed by the digital world of the Internet,” Turnbull told the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “We …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jan 2016

A granny and a marriage celebrant show Turnbull's 4ked the NBN

At the end of my holidays, as I waited for a for a flight to Sydney, I ran to a bloke I know who has a very healthy business as a marriage celebrant. Two hundred couples a year say their vows under his auspices, and he’s always looking for ways to keep his business fresh, to keep those engagements coming. Within a few minutes …
Mark Pesce, 14 Jan 2016
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Confirmed: Turnbull's Innovation Agenda recycles old education programs

When Vulture South read the Australian government's new National Innovation and Science Agenda, especially ”Embracing The Digital Age section on school education's contribution to innovation, we were struck by how some of its tactics seemed familiar. The nation's Department of Education has now confirmed to us that some parts …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Dec 2015

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