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Tech and data part of Qld govt’s accountability problems

Missing data sharing policies, a government digital strategy not publicly updated since 2017, and a damaging reliance on consultants have been highlighted in a damning review of accountability within the Queensland public sector. Conducted by Professor Peter Coaldrake, the review was released on Tuesday and found the state’s public

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Digital platform regulators set priorities for the next year

Digital transparency, the examination of algorithms and their impact, and increased collaboration between agencies have been identified as 2022-23 priorities for the Digital Platform Regulators Forum, a collective of Australia’s online, privacy, media, and competition and consumer regulators . The Forum members, which are the Australian Competition and Consumer

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‘Time to get on with it’: Climate bill set for first sitting week

Labor will introduce a landmark climate change bill to enshrine emission reduction targets in legislation and will reduce the price of electric vehicles through tax cuts when Parliament sits for the first time under the new government next month. The climate change bill will legislate the new government’s 2030

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ACS launches program to get Canberra women into tech sector jobs

The Canberra branch of the Australian Computer Society will launch its Supporting Women Transitioning to an ICT Career initiative on Thursday morning, providing an online curriculum and access to an industry mentor to women who may have had no prior background in the tech industry. Participating women will have

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Tech giants add $13m professional services bill to Defence work

The Department of Defence will pay Amazon Web Services and Microsoft nearly $12.5million over the next 15 months for ‘professional services’ to support Defence projects using the US tech giants’ software and infrastructure. The contracts come through the massive whole-of-government deals the companies hold with the Commonwealth, but one

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BaxterIP and the future of metaverse watercoolers

As the potential of shared virtual work environments continues to be bandied about, one local law firm has recently introduced a browser-based system to enhance the hybrid working experience, and to streamline videoconferencing and other communications. It is strangely compelling. BaxterIP is an intellectual property, patent, and trade mark

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Mapping support for women in STEM, a new initiative

As part of a campaign to drive the sector toward gender equity, InnovationAus.com is undertaking a project to map every organisation supporting women in STEM, from those running education programs to internship and mentorship opportunities. The investigation includes a focus on the funding origins of the program, and a

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