Is Australian innovation stifled by playing it safe?

According to a new interactive report from Deloitte Private, “Startups. Playing it safe is the biggest risk”, Australian entrepreneurs are being held back by a number of domestic factors including a cultural fear of failure, lack of corporate and government support and the availability of appropriate risk capital.

InternetNZ releases clips from NetHui Panel State Surveillance of Online Communications

InternetNZ has published clips from the NetHui panel on the proposed spy legislation, also known as the GCSB and TICS Bills. The clips focus on a handful of topic areas of the two Bills that are on the table, such as the role of encryption in the scheme, the need for legal oversight and the need for a public debate.

Gold Coast Earns IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Grant

IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that the Gold Coast has been selected as a recipient of an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant (#smartercities). The grant will give the Gold Coast City Council the opportunity to work with a team of IBM experts to analyse and recommend ways to improve the city’s public safety disaster response capabilities.

Consultation begins on remaining 700 MHz spectrum

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, today released for public consultation two draft Ministerial Directions to the Australian Communications and Media Authority on the return to market of the remaining 700 MHz spectrum from the digital dividend auction.

Journalist shield laws welcome, but no protection against universal surveillance

Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam welcomed today’s news the Government will pursue nationally consistent journalist shield laws but warned they would offer little protection in the face of ubiquitous metadata surveillance and the Government’s proposed data retention scheme.

Government taking action to achieve goal of Australia becoming a world-leading digital economy by 2020

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, today released Advancing Australia as a Digital Economy – An Update to the National Digital Economy Strategy, which lays out the next steps towards delivering the Government’s vision for Australia to become a leading digital economy by 2020.