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Record software donations
Microsoft Australia reached new heights with the Software Donation Program last financial year donating more than $42 million dollars’ worth of software to over 2,700 community organisations. This amazing outcome is a 20 percent increase on last year’s already impressive figure.
Last November a majority of Australians voted for the first Federal Labor Government this century.
Labor was elected on a broad platform of policy reform. Without getting into the murky waters of mandate debates it is clear that Labor promised to do many things that would impact the information technology (IT) industry. These included the “education revolution” (to better equip secondary students with technology in the classroom), a commitment to internet filtering at the internet service provider (ISP) level, the blacklisting of violent and paedophile material on the internet and a new approach to industry innovation policy.
In this new political landscape the IT industry has the opportunity to deliver on its claims to be able to enable a ‘new world’ of work, education, living and commerce.