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Microsoft Australia reached new heights with the Software Donation Program last financial year donating more than $50 million dollars’ worth of software to over 3,300 community organisations.
On 9 February 2011, the Queensland Police raided the home of Mr. Howard Tsang, 27, after investigating his sale of counterfeit Microsoft software. The investigation was triggered by complaints to the Queensland Police Fraud Squad by Mr. Tsang’s customers that they had purchased counterfeit Microsoft software from him on eBay.
The Minister for Home Affairs and Justice, Brendan O’Connor, connected Stanmore Public School and Queanbeyan High School to the successful ThinkUKnow program using the NSW Department of Education’s ‘Connected Classroom’ technology.
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.
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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.
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 vision for Australia’s digital economy. By defining eight “Digital Economy Goals” the Strategy aims to establish defined benchmarks for measuring the extent to which Australia is utilising the potential of digital infrastructure and realising the opportunities of digital communications.
Next week marks the start of this year’s National Cyber Security Awareness Week. Microsoft is proud to be involved in nationwide events supporting the Department of Broadband Communications and Digital Economy’s initiative, Stay Smart Online.
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.
(Cross posted from Microsoft on the Issues. Editor’s note: The following is a guest post authored by Ernie Allen, president and CEO of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.)In late 2009, I wrote on this blog about PhotoDNA, an important technological step forward in preventing the spread of child sexual exploitation online. Microsoft donated PhotoDNA, a technology created by Microsoft Research in cooperation with Dartmouth College professor Hany Farid, to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, so that we could use the groundbreaking image-matching technology with online services companies to stop the online distribution of the worst known images
This week Channel Nine’s A Current Affair (ACA) broadcast a story that centres on a particularly virulent phone scam that has been exploiting consumer trust in high profile brands – including Microsoft – to cheat individuals out of hundreds of dollars.
Australian families are playing video games together around once a week with three out of four Mothers finding active, full body gaming, in particular, an appealing activity to share with their family