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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.
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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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.