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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.
At a time when the National Broadband Network begins its roll out across Australia, it is important to focus on the need to ensure not just access, but active participation in all communities if the real benefits are to be realised. For a decade now Microsoft has supported “Digital Inclusion” projects, but this notion of what Digital Inclusion means has evolved over the years. Digital inclusion does not simply mean ‘connecting everyone to the internet,’ it is about improving the quality of life and life opportunities of socially excluded people.
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 a seismic shift in the IT industry and are poised to transform our relationship with computers, just as we transitioned from mainframes to desktop PCs in the 1980s. As consumers, we’ve been accustomed for many years already to using cloud computing on a daily basis, whether through internet banking, web-based e-mail such as Hotmail, or the use of social media networks.
Earlier this month, The Australian Computer Society, the Australian Information Industry Association, and the Pearcey Foundation announced the national winners of Australia’s premier technology awards program, the 2011 iAwards.
The 1st September 2011 will mark the tenth anniversary of the commencement of the Victorian Information Privacy Act 2000 (‘IPA’). The law requires Victorian Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries, the State public sector, Victoria Police and local councils to protect the privacy of personal information they have collected.
In recent times there have been some high profiles cases involving data breaches which have included telecommunication, technology, and other organisations. One of the companies involved was found to have breached the Privacy Act. So no wonder many are again revisiting a recommendation from the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) that mandatory data breach laws be introduced. Indeed some laws exist in Europe, United States and Japan.
Microsoft Australia reached new heights with the Software Donation Program last financial year donating more than $40 million dollars’ worth of software to an increasing number of community organisations. This amazing outcome is a 20 percent increase on last year’s already impressive figure.This comes at a time when Microsoft also announced updates to its program to make it even easier for non-profit organisations to access affordable technology.
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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