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Microsoft Australia reached new heights with the Software Donation Program last financial year donating more than $50 million dollars’ worth of software to over 3,300 community organisations.
Online nominations for companies for the 2011 iAwards close on Friday 29 April 2011 at 5.00 pm AEST.
Microsoft has joined with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in recognising World Intellectual Property Day - an event that calls on the IT industry, governments and consumers to speak out about the importance of intellectual property (IP) rights. Strong protections for IP are central to facilitating a culture of innovation that can spur economic growth and create jobs.
Microsoft Australia is proud to support Privacy Awareness week which takes place from 1-7 May 2011.We recognise that privacy is a critical element of a secure computing experience. We understand that technology users have high expectations about how we collect, use, and store their personal information.
Austrade and Microsoft have again partnered to accelerate the success of the local Australian software industry through the conduct of a trade mission to the USA. Last week' s mission focused on e-learning and looked at Australia's transition to a digital economy.
UK’s leading political blogger – Iain Dale, will be addressing Microsoft’s 3rd Politics and Technology Forum: Openness and Transparency in Politics. The Forum is supported by Open Forum. Iain Dale will then participate in a panel discussion of distinguished speakers including Senator Kate Lundy, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister; Joe Hockey MP, Shadow Treasurer; Stilgherrian; and Microsoft’s Gianpaolo Carraro. The event MC is Mark Pesce. Register to this complimentary event.
The Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety is conducting an online survey of Australian youth aged 5-18 years to gain insight into their experiences online.
Microsoft Australia supports the survey to ensure the Committee is able to attain important information to the online habits of young Australians.
The Committee’s online survey will be conducted until Wednesday 27 April 2011 and is available at www.aph.gov.au/cybersafety.
Cloud computing and privacy was the focus of ADMA’s Cloud Computing Forum which took place earlier this month.
Recently the NSW Department of Education and Training (DET) launched the 2011 Short Film Awards to secondary students across Australia. This year’s theme is Educ8 UR M8 (educate your mate). The theme aims to motivate students to make short films that encourage their peers to think about content they access and share online. Microsoft is proud to support the DET in this fantastic initiative to help raise awareness about responsible use of the internet and digital technologies.
Children are being better equipped to combat the dangers of predators and online risks, through the launch of the ‘youth section’ of the ThinkUKnow website today.
In a joint initiative of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Microsoft, supported by ninemsn, the new section of the website provides information and best practices for young people on social networking, online chatting, gaming, peer-to-peer networks, instant messaging, mobile phones and blogs.
The future of technology was the topic of discussion at yesterday’s address by Microsoft’s Chief Research and Strategy officer, Craig Mundie at the Committee for Economic Development (CEDA).