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  • Blog Post: Minister launches ThinkUKnow Presentation in Stirling, WA

    Yesterday the Minister for Justice, The Hon Michael Keenan, returned to his home electorate of Stirling, Western Australia, to launch a ThinkUKnow cyber safety presentation. The ThinkUKnow program works to educate parents, teachers and carers about the risks faced online and provide help in creating...
  • Blog Post: YouthSpark launches

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has launched Microsoft YouthSpark – an initiative to create opportunities for 300 million young people around the world over the next three years. With many countries, including many major economies, struggling to generate economic growth under the burden of substantial...
  • Blog Post: Ai Group Technology Summit 2012

    Microsoft is proud to sponsor the Ai group Technology Summit 2012 . The Summit will provide business owners with a clear understanding of how strategic implementation of technologies can improve productivity and build business capabilities. This Summit will showcase expert information and case studies...
  • 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: Facts - Climate Change - Sofware Donations

    Earlier this week a series of media articles were published around the world (then linked to and repeated in blogs) that made claims about Microsoft and other major corporations funding the Heartland Institute – a US not-for-profit think tank that claims its mission as: “ …to discover...
  • Blog Post: It's the Potential Stupid: Asia Pacific Sees Future in ICT

    Amazing! In a world beset with the insecurity that comes when bankers fear lending to bankers (let alone businesses or individuals) it is possible to be lulled into a sense of personal, if not collect ive dread, for the future of the world. This sense is made more intense by a natural focus on our understanding...
  • Blog Post: Politics and Technology Forum – Openness and Transparency in Politics

    Last week (1 June), Microsoft Australia supported by Open Forum, hosted its third Politics & Technology Forum at Parliament House Canberra, attended by public servants, political bloggers, representatives from political parties and the media. The Forum, hosted by Mark Pesce , Inventor, writer, educator...
  • Blog Post: State Government and Microsoft team up through new SMB Innovation Outreach Program

    (Media Release from the Hon Simon Finn MP, Minister for Government Services, Building Industry and ICT) The State Government has thrown its support behind a new Innovation Outreach Program to be established in Brisbane by Microsoft, in what’s believed to be an Australia first. 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: Improving Queensland government service delivery

    Better connecting citizens to government was the main focus when Simon Finn , Queensland Minister for Government Services, Building Industry and Information and Communication Technology led a delegation of Queensland MP’s to Microsoft’s Sydney office this month. The delegation included Barbara...
  • 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: Politics & Technology

    (Cross posted from OpenForum.com.au ) I'm delighted to have been invited to visit Australia in June to be the keynote speaker at The Microsoft Australia Politics and Technology Forum . I am highly political but completely untechnological, and yet I am regarded as being at the forefront of political technology...
  • Blog Post: Industry iAwards 2011 Closing of Company Nominations

    Over 17 years, the iAwards have become the premier technology awards platform in Australia. In 2011 the Australian Information Industry Association has joined forces with the Australian Computer Society to deliver the most comprehensive awards program in the technology industry. The iAwards...
  • Blog Post: Stronger Global IP Protection on World IP Day

    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...
  • Blog Post: Do we trust the internet?

    Technology and politics is more interwoven than ever before. We’ve seen sensitive government information being revealed on Wikileaks, and mobilisation of communities across the Middle East using social media resulting in regime change in Tunisia, Egypt and unrest in Libya and Bahrain. The first...
  • Blog Post: New Accessibility tools for developers to help people with disabilities

    Today Microsoft announced new online training and resources to help corporations, governments and NGOs worldwide make their technology products and services more accessible to people with disabilities. The free online accessibility training courses, tools and other resources will help developers worldwide...
  • 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: National Consumer Fraud Week

    Next week, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce (ACFT) launch National Consumer Fraud Week. This year the theme is Scams: It’s Personal and Microsoft Australia are proud to support the initiative. This time last year, I wrote about...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft makes innovation payments to the ACT

    Microsoft Australia has made payments totaling $784,222.58 to the Australian Capital Territory in support of ICT innovation. The payments to InTACT ($667,373.42) and ACTEW/AGL ($116,849.16) were processed earlier this month. The payments constitute the residual funds accumulated through Microsoft’s...
  • Blog Post: Simplifying NSW Government services

    Leader of the NSW Opposition, Barry O’Farrell last week visited the offices of Microsoft Australia to view technologies which can assist in simplifying NSW Government services through the use technology. Among the products that were viewed included Microsoft Surface , which uses a combination of...
  • Blog Post: Accelerating Asia Pacific forum

    There are three fairly standard reactions I receive when I am telling people about the work Microsoft is undertaking with Governments and community partners to improve lives and drive national competitiveness and first up is usually surprise! I find people are generally unaware of the breadth and depth...
  • 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: Indigenous youth get a technology boost

    Microsoft Australia’s Managing Director, Tracey Fellows and Andrew Mahar, Executive Director of Microsoft’s Community Partner, InfoXchange recently visited Shepparton Victoria to spend some time with the staff and students of Ganbina Indigenous Employment and Training Organisation. Twelve...
  • Blog Post: APEC Japan 2010

    Microsoft Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Craig Mundie participated in a panel session at the APEC CEO Summit held in Yokohama, Japan, on November 13, on the topic of Innovation and ICT. Craig Mundie was joined on the panel by Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, who provided the introductory...
  • Blog Post: Queensland companies showcase Microsoft Surface

    Microsoft Gold Partners have developed Surface applications to benefit the Queensland Government and improve Government to citizen interactions. Spotlight 2010: Microsoft Surface is a competition for local Microsoft Gold Partners to develop the best solution that takes advantage of the innovative...
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