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Government ministers and senior public servants will be sent to "cyber bootcamp", while chief statistician David Kalisch will effectively be put on probation, following a damning review into the 2016 census debacle by the Prime Minister's cyber security chief.

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Australian federal police officers and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade now have access to citizenship images held by the country's border force watchdogs. It's the first phase of our country's biometric Face Verification Service, which will grow over time and eventually become a digital panopticon with access to visa, passport and drivers licence photographs.

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Australia's government and key cabinet officials appear to be using over-the-top messaging services like WhatsApp to communicate with each other on their government-issued smartphones despite the app not being sanctioned by the Australian Signals Directorate , possibly presenting a security risk. Attorney-General George Brandis doesn't think it's a big issue and says the communications are "unremarkable" and unclassified, with nothing discussed of public sensitivity that might be at risk.

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In August this year a dataset containing 30 years worth of Medicare and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme information was made available to researchers via The Department of Health's open data portal.

Yesterday the data was removed by the department, following a tip-off from a Melbourne researcher that practitioner details in the data could be decrypted.

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The rollout of Australia's NBN will abandon almost all of Optus's HFC cable network that it paid $800 million for back in 2011, with up to 700,000 homes around the country instead being connected to the NBN through fibre to the distribution point — a new technology that brings many of the advantages of fibre to the premises to a fibre to the node-style construction method.

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Many Australians are now anticipating fast internet access at home when the NBN arrives in their neighbourhood. But what about mobile networks?

The next generation of mobile broadband is reportedly heading into incredible speeds, far faster than anything come down wires, with Telstra announcing today that it has tested "one of the world’s first" 5G radio test beds in Melbourne, in conjunction with Ericsson.

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By the year 2020, CSIRO will spend a million dollars a week on what it calls 'breakthrough science', betting big on risky areas with huge future potential. Six areas of innovation are being targeted for spending that "have the potential to support the reinvention and creation of new industries and new jobs" in Australia, including autonomous manufacturing, robotics and real-time medical and agricultural information transmitted around the nation and the globe.

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Ken Block makes amazing gymkhana videos. But NSW Police didn't want Ken Block to make this particular gymkhana video — the one you see right up there — in Sydney. So the Hoonigan team went to New York instead, leaving Australia in its dust. Here's the video they made — the video that could have featured the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and all our most famous city's iconic landmarks.

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"Digital Identity is having the ability for the government to trust that you are who you say you are," is the explanation the Federal Government's Digital Transformation Office (DTO) gives for the establishment of a singular digital profile that will allow you to access various government services.

But trust has to go both ways, and the Australian Privacy Foundation (APF) has expressed "serious concern" about federated identity, stating the process has been "seriously deficient" and conducted "in a context of increasing distrust of government" (Census, anyone?).

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The National Broadband Network released its 2016 yearly results today, showing the rollout "continues to exceed its connection and financial targets". A spokesperson for Senator Mitch Fifield, Minister for Communications says this is "the latest evidence of the benefits of the Coalition's faster, more affordable NBN rollout".

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Around 48 hours after the Census website was pulled after alleged repeated DDoS attacks, and hundreds of thousands of Aussies actually trying to complete the Census, the Australian Bureau of Statistics' Census website came back to life this afternoon. But, in a move that isn't entirely surprising, the site continues to have issues. It's up, it's down, it's up again...

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The 2016 Australian Census will not be anonymous, and a lot of people aren't happy about that. A group of Australian privacy advocates, including a professor of computer science and a former NSW deputy privacy commissioner, are raising concerns, and some are encouraging Australians to avoid the Census, refuse to fill it out, or to use civil disobedience — like listing their religion as "Jedi Knight" — to skew the accuracy of results.

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Opinion: In case you haven't heard, this year's Census will not be anonymous. When you fill out the 2016 Australian Census questionnaire — if you don't somehow avoid it or refuse to take part — your name and address will be linked for the first time to other, previously anonymised data like your status of employment, education and personal health. The Census on the night of August 9th will be conducted almost entirely online, too — so get used to your personal data being transferred around the 'net.

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Along with a new minister for innovation, industry and science, the newly re-elected Turnbull government has possibly the most high-tech appointment ever to the cabinet. Current Minister for Veterans' Affairs Dan Tehan will take on the role of Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, in a move recommended by a long-overdue overhaul of government's online security strategy.

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A growing number of businesses are offering whole body cryotherapy, telling customers it can treat everything from asthma and Alzheimer's right through to insomnia and arthritis. The US Food and Drug Administration is finally speaking out on the practice, saying there's no evidence to back the many purported benefits — and that it's actually quite dangerous.

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With billions of wireless devices shipped across the globe every year, it is safe to assume that most of us carry at least one wireless gadget with us much of the time.