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  • Blog Post: Clarity Comes to Cloud Privacy

    In exactly a month’s time, Australia’s privacy regulatory regime will change. New amendments to the Privacy Act come into force on 12 March 2014. Microsoft Australia welcomes the incoming Privacy Act amendments. Contrary to some reports, the new amendments to the Privacy Act are not...
  • Blog Post: Helping to Save the Great Barrier Reef with Cloud Computing

    Microsoft is contributing software, services and technical expertise to address the needs of citizen science on the Great Barrier Reef, an important milestone in bringing the power of technology to the protection and management of the Great Barrier Reef. In Townsville, Queensland, Microsoft is joining...
  • 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: 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: Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Unveiled in the US

    At the recent Cloud Summit in Canberra the issue of consumer data privacy and empowerment, data transfers and the flow of information across borders were hot topics. Ultimately without consumer trust in the operation of cloud based services and the Internet overall, and the operation of a global service...
  • Blog Post: The USA Patriot Act: Myth v. Reality

    (Cross posted from OpenForum.com.au ) Today, computer users – ranging from individual consumers, to small and medium-sized businesses, to the largest enterprises – are excited about the opportunities presented by cloud computing. And for good reason. Innovations in cloud technologies represent...
  • Blog Post: Privacy then and now

    Guest blog post David Taylor, Director Privacy Awareness, Office of the Victorian Privacy Commissioner (Photo: Data trails in the cloud) The 1st September 2011 will mark the tenth anniversary of the commencement of the Victorian Information Privacy Act 2000 (‘IPA’). The law requires...
  • Blog Post: Be what's next with cloud computing

    Cloud computing is empowering business, government and community organisations. In this Be what's next publication, Microsoft Australia presents some legal and policy challenges that must be considered as we move towards cloud computing and services. We have also included some updated information...
  • 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: Taking off in the cloud

    Cloud computing and privacy was the focus of ADMA ’s Cloud Computing Forum which took place earlier this month. The Hon Brendan O'Connor MP, Minister for Privacy and Freedom of Information addressed the breakfast briefing. Minister O'Connor noted that the launch of the Australian Best Practice...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Power

    Microsoft Australia is pleased to support ADMA’s Cloud Computing forum which will cover the latest trends and innovations in the world of cloud computing. Cloud Computing also raises number of important policy questions around how people, organisations and governments handle information and interactions...
  • Blog Post: Australian Policymakers Play Key Role in Cloud Safety

    Posted by Julie Inman-Grant Director, Privacy and Internet Safety Outreach, Trustworthy Computing The explosive growth of cloud computing services and Internet-connected mobile devices is creating exciting opportunities for users to connect, share common interests and access information. Australians...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft response to AGIMO Cloud Computing Consultation Paper

    Early in January the Federal Government released a Cloud Computing Strategic Direction Paper - Opportunities and applicability for use by the Australian Government . Microsoft has provided a response to the Draft Consultation Paper which can be found here and a copy of the submission is attached below...
  • Blog Post: Democratising research in the Australian cloud

    Information technology is currently undergoing a dramatic transformation driven by an avalanche of data and our ubiquitous connectivity to the Internet. Consequently, we now have instant access to vast amounts of knowledge about our world and our social network. We can explore distant museums and libraries...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing and Accessibility

    National Disability Services held its CEO Meeting in Canberra this week. National Disability Services is the peak national industry association for disability services with members employing more than 40,000 staff across Australia, and a membership of 650 organisations. The CEO Meeting brings together...
  • Blog Post: The Privacy umbrella of cloud computing

    Cloud computing and its privacy implications was the key focus in this week’s conference organised by the International Association of Privacy Professionals Australian and New Zealand (IAPPANZ). The conference was addressed by Brendan O’Connor MP , Minister for Privacy and Freedom of...
  • 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: Spatial Industry Surfaces for Minister

    Last week, The Honourable Martin Ferguson AM, MP, Federal Minister for Energy and Resources, delivered the opening address in Canberra at spatial@gov - the premier event for the Australian spatial industry. Minister Ferguson took time to visit Geomatic Technologies (GT), a Microsoft Gold Partner and...
  • Blog Post: Growth Summit 2010

    Global Access Partners last week convened a Summit with key business and government leaders titled “The National Economic Review” to analyse Australia’s strengths, highlight opportunities for progress and develop a plan for growth and innovation. The 2010 Summit, the first in the...
  • Blog Post: Sky Business News interview

    This week, Sky Business News interviewed Jeff Bullwinkel, General Counsel for Microsoft Australia. The interview focused on how managing data presents a raft of legal and policy changes for business and government and how international legislation comes into play when data is stored overseas. ...
  • Blog Post: Perfect Storm for Health ICT

    With the capabilities of health ICT high on the political agenda as an integral part of the health reform process, Microsoft Australia is bringing its global expertise to the table. In an article originally published in the January 2010 issue of Hospital & Agedcare Magazine, Kate McDonald spoke to...
  • Blog Post: Where next for the cloud?

    The computing experience is undergoing a powerful transformation. Increasingly, consumers, businesses and government are harnessing the computing power offered through the accumulation of powerful servers located in data centres located around the globe. This is the cloud. In Where next? Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Are we entering a new era of sustainability?

    This month Accenture released their UN Global Compact CEO Study 2010 , the largest such study of CEOs ever conducted on the topic of sustainability. The report suggests that we are entering a “new era of sustainability”. This is an era where sustainability is not seen as a separate “feel...
  • Blog Post: Public Policy and Cloud Computing in Asia: New opportunities. New challenges. New responsibilities

    (Published in Microsoft Futures 2010 Issue 5.1) Few people would dispute that data is the new currency of the digital economy. Digital information plays a critical role in the supply chain for business as well as helping to deliver government services to billions of citizens. Moreover, from...
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