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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Embraces Telework

    This week is National Telework Week (NTW) – a designated week to draw awareness to the benefits to both organisations and employees, in embracing flexible working and, more specifically, working from home. Microsoft is proud to be a partner in the inaugural NTW because flexible working is part...
  • Blog Post: PhotoDNA - Science on the Side of Abused Kids

    Like many, I’ve long been a fan of the television show CSI:at least in most of its incarnations. I’ve often wondered though whether the amazing application of scientific techniques could really support law enforcement as easily as it is sometimes portrayed in the show’s episodes. Could...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft adopts CarbonSystems’ Environmental Sustainability Platform

    “ You can’t manage what you can’t measure”, is an old management adage that is the motivation for Microsoft’s decision to select and adopt a cloud-based application for automatically capturing and reporting the company’s use of non-renewable resources. Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: What we mean by digital inclusion

    At a time when the National Broadband Network begins its roll out across Australia, it is important to focus on the need to ensure not just access, but active participation in all communities if the real benefits are to be realised. For a decade now Microsoft has supported “Digital Inclusion”...
  • Blog Post: Federal Government releases National Digital Economy Strategy

    The Federal Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Senator Stephen Conroy this morning released the Federal Government’s National Digital Economy Strategy . The Strategy is the product of over 18 months work by the Minister’s Department. It articulates the Government’s...
  • Blog Post: Minister for School Education puts Australia’s imagination to the test

    Australia is selected to become host nation in 2012 to the world championships of innovation: The Microsoft Imagine Cup 2012 Worldwide Finals. It’s part of the Aussie national spirit, attitude and way of life; it’s seen as vital to our nation’s health, wealth and wellbeing; but Australians...
  • Blog Post: A Tale of Two National Broadband Networks

    (Published in Microsoft Futures Magazine 2010 Issue 5.4) Although New Zealand and Australia have a long tradition of sporting rivalry, the similarities between the two countries outweigh their differences. The Australasian governments are on the same page in believing that a modern national digital infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft backs Gov 2.0 with $1 million

    In June 2009 when the Federal Government announced the establishment of a Government 2.0 Taskforce , Microsoft agreed to make available up to $2.45 million for a Project Fund , to fund projects connected with the Taskforce's work. This funding was provided under an Operational Agreement between Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing Report Sees Opportunities with Federal Government Action

    A report released by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) last week (October 14) identified valuable opportunities for Australian governments, business and researchers in “cloud” computing – a business estimated to be worth $US20 billion world-wide...
  • Blog Post: Queensland IT industry and government service delivery

    This week Jann Stuckey MP , Queensland Shadow Minister for Public Works and ICT addressed the Microsoft Executive breakfast series in Brisbane which included representatives from the IT industry. Discussion focused on the future of the IT industry, improved government service delivery, the role of ICT...
  • Blog Post: Talking about the National Broadband Network

    Pip Marlow, National Public Sector Director for Microsoft Australia was interviewed this week by Helen Frost, Sky Business News, discussing Microsoft’s Pubic Sector initiatives in health, education and the National Broadband Network.
  • Blog Post: Faces of Piracy

    The internet as a place to do business is now an everyday reality for consumers and businesses alike. The savings in time and money to source goods and services are well known and this is only going to increase as the National Broadband Network (NBN) becomes a reality for new on line traders and their...
  • Blog Post: Digital Debate – Move on!

    The Federal Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy will on Tuesday (14 July) launch a Future Directions paper on Australia’s Digital Economy. The paper is the result of a process of consultation conducted by his Department that began in August 2008. Industry...
  • Blog Post: Australian Trial – Digital Democracy

    Let me be honest – I titled this blog ‘Digital Democracy ” not because I wanted to discuss that subject particularly but rather to get more attention on the web through the search engines. My digital media friends have a few tricks. Such is the reality of a world of mass information. Underlying this...
  • Blog Post: Tiger's Tail? Give me the lot!

    When I blogged on Monday under the heading," Has the Federal Government got the Tiger by the Tail? " I certainly never imagined that Minister Conroy and his Cabinet colleagues would adopt a policy as daring and deliberate as that announced by the Prime Minister on Tuesday. In his Press Conference...
  • Blog Post: Has the Federal Government got the Tiger by the Tail?

      The Federal Government is expected this week to announce the outcome of the tender for the roll-out and operation of a new open access, high-speed, fibre-based broadband network. In its tender specification the Government confirmed the objective of having this new network provide minimum downlink...
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