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White House Cybersecurity Leader: Technical Know-How Is A Distraction

In much the same way that the best heart surgeons have never studied medicine and Supreme Court judges have never really read the law, Michael Daniel, the White House’s cybersecurity co-ordinator thinks that “being too down in the weeds at the technical level could actually be a little bit of a distraction” in his position.


11 Of The Most Embarrassing US Government Websites

Just yesterday, the White House launched the US Digital Service, a new initiative with the express purpose of saving US government websites from imminent disaster/themselves. And after a brief audit of the state of our (unfortunate) digital affairs, we can officially say — well, they have got their work cut out for them.


The US Government Has A New Team To Make Sure Its Websites Don't Suck

Hey, remember that time the US government launched a website and it was a disaster and it didn’t work? I’m not just taking about HealthCare.gov, there are actually a whole host of horrible government websites out there. Now a new department will be making sure the US government’s websites don’t give people nightmares anymore.


Watch PM Tony Abbott Justify Government's Data Retention Scheme

“The threat to Australia and to Australians from this is real, and growing. So this week, the government announced a series of measures that will strengthen our national security.” Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott has addressed the nation in a YouTube video called “Keeping Australia Safe And Secure”, where he justifies the government’s proposed data retention scheme.


Australian Government's Data Retention Plan: Everything You Need To Know

You may have heard some scary words this afternoon about new laws to fight terrorism. Inside those words is a proposal for something called “data retention”. This is what it means, and whether you need to start proverbially flushing your internet history.


Malcolm Turnbull Says Cost, Availability Are Big Factors In Australia's Piracy Problem

Malcolm Turnbull has turned his attention to the ongoing skirmish between Australia’s copyright infringing public and the corporations that hold the rights to that copyrighted content. In a post on his personal website, he postulates on the “lively debate” around copyright and spruiks the government’s Online Copyright Infringement Discussion Paper.


The Government Has An Official Response To The IT Pricing Inquiry, But You Can't See It Yet

Remember the IT Pricing Inquiry? That big, ugly inquiry that saw tech giants dragged before the Parliament to explain why they choose to gouge Aussies for tech, software and content? A year has gone by since the final report was submitted to the Parliament, but sadly it was swept under the political rug in favour of electioneering and a change of government from Labor to the Coalition. That Coalition government finally has a response to the recommendations made by the inquiry, but you can’t see it just yet. Here’s why.


CSIRO's New $122m Research Ship Is Ready For Service

The $122 million RV Investigator, CSIRO’s new blue-water research ship, has completed construction and sea trials and is about to make its first journey from Singapore’s shipyards to its new home in Hobart. Although it’s 11 months late for action, Investigator will add significant research capacity to Australia’s scientific endeavours.


In 2014, Twitter Has Only Received Two Requests For Account Info From Australian Police

Between the start of January and the end of June, Twitter has shared information on just two accounts with Australian government and law enforcement officials. Twitter’s transparency report shows that the social network has complied with 100 per cent of government requests for info, but that represents only two requests.


The Australian Government Wants Your Opinion On Online Copyright Infringement

Five days after it was leaked online, the Federal Government’s discussion paper on online copyright infringement — the pirating and illegal downloading of software, movies, music and TV shows in Australia — has been officially released.


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