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  • 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: Launch of the Institute of Metadata Management - NSW Chapter

    On the evening of the 5th of December in Sydney, despite unseasonably cold weather and tropical downpours, the NSW Chapter of the Institute for Metadata Management (IMM) was launched. The Institute of Metadata Management (IMM) is a community of practice around the creation, management, use, promotion...
  • 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: 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: Microsoft Welcomes Federal Commitment to Value for Money Procurement

    The release (on January 27) by the Federal Special Minister of State, the Honourable Gary Gray, MP of a revised Federal Government policy on open source software has been welcomed by Microsoft Australia. Approved by the Minister and the Secretaries' ICT Governance Board in December the policy's requirement...
  • 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: 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: 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: Technology opens up voting possibilities

    Cross posted from the National Times Technology enabled almost instant updating of results online during the election night counting. Indeed, I borrowed a friend's mobile phone at a social function to keep up with the amazing results unfolding on the night. But technology also has far-reaching implications...
  • Blog Post: Ease of Use Empowers Individual Action

    Microsoft recently provided sponsorship support for the inaugural Gov 2.0 Summit & Expo Showcase in Washington DC . Given the Australian Government’s 2.0 Taskforce’s focus on citizen engagement and empowerment, the Summit and showcase were an interesting insight into how these significant issues...
  • Blog Post: Government Leaks – the Concerns of Web 2.0

    For those interested in how Government policy can impact the lives of ordinary citizens this recent post from the Chair of the Government’s Web 2.0 taskforce is worth reflection. There is a significant temptation to believe that if governments at all levels just make available to the public domain the...
  • Blog Post: Data Online – it can be so

    Lindsay Tanner’s Taskforce 2.0 are getting down to the hard yards of working through how to democratically engage Australia’s public in the cause of more open government. In the way of all collective activity I can imagine they will have a few teething issues to sort through. Some will be administrative...
  • 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: Culture Change – A Web 2 Far?

    Yesterday’s announcement by Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner and Special Minister of State, Senator Joe Ludwig, of a taskforce to investigate how the Australian Government can use new ‘Web 2.0’ approaches to expand the uses of Commonwealth information and improve the way government consults and engages...
  • Blog Post: Access to Government Information – Time to Ask the Big Questions

    There are times when it may seem that a glacier moves faster than change in the public service. I declare an interest – I spent six years in the Federal Department of Finance in the late 80s and early 1990s at a time when ‘significant’ changes were made to the Federal Government’s budget processes. They...
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