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Turnbull And The Government Cabinet Use WhatsApp To Talk Shop

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.

Aussie Medicare Data Taken Offline After Potential Breach Noticed

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.

NBN Will Roll 'Fibre To The Curb' To 700,000 Homes Around Australia, Abandoning Optus Cable

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.

Telstra Just Tested A 5G Mobile Network 1000 Times Faster Than The NBN

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.

CSIRO Will Spend $50 Million A Year On 'Breakthrough Science' By 2020

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.

Here's The Ken Block Video The Aussie Government Didn't Want You To See

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.

The Australian Government Will Block Online Stores Not Collecting GST

Under laws coming into effect as of next year, if it wants to, the Federal Government can block access to overseas retailer’s websites if they aren’t collecting GST — even for purchases under $1000.

Here’s how.

Australia's Government Is Copping Flack For Its 'Digital Identity' Plans

“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?).

NBN Says Its Rollout Is 'On Track'

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”.

The Australian Census Website Is Down, Again

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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