United Nations Committee Chair

Microsoft Australia would like to congratulate Professor Ron McCallum AO on his election as the 2010 Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Professor McCallum’s appointment was jointly announced today by the Attorney General, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and the Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities. Professor McCallum has been a…


Can software improve the environment?

The ICT industry is one that may not spring to mind when governments, businesses and consumers consider how to positively impact our natural environment, particularly managing and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The ICT industry generates about 2% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions*  and this is set to grow by at least 6% per year…


Tracey Fellows interview with ZDNet.com.au

Following the launch of Windows 7 in Australia, Tracey Fellows, Managing Director of Microsoft Australia was interviewed by ZDNet.com.au, to watch the interview see below: Technorati Tags: windows7,tracey fellows,zdnet.com.au


One Week To Go for Not – for – Profit Competition

Design by Ben Crothers of Catch Media Entries for the Not for Profit public sector information category competition of the Government 2.0 Taskforce close THIS FRIDAY – 5 OCTOBER. The Taskforce is seeking to fast-track the generation of ideas for using public sector data in a not-for-profit setting, and will help the winner turn this…


Bradfield & Higgins – By-elections for 5 December

The Speaker of the House of Representatives has issued the following press release announcing the by-elections for the Federal seats of Bradfield and Higgins will be on 5 December, 2009. Microsoft has had over many years a courteous professional relationship with both of the retiring former Ministers and wishes them and their families well for…


Queensland invention keeps a healthy eye on waterways

South-east Queenslanders will have unprecedented access to detailed data showing the health of their waterways, following today’s launch of the 2009 Ecosystem Health Report Card. Thanks to a new state-of-the-art data integration system known as Health-e-Waterways, current and historical Ecosystem Health Report Card grades for catchments, estuaries and bay zones are just a few key…


Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2010

Gartner, Inc. analysts have highlighted their top 10 technologies and trends which they expect to be strategic for most organisations in 2010. Gartner defines a strategic technology as one with the potential for significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years With respect to the use of information technology as an aid to…


First year celebration of Collingwood project

Congratulations to Infoxchange Australia as they celebrated last week, the 1st year of Wired Community@Collingwood, the largest grassroots digital inclusion project in Australia. The project focuses on the residents of 1000 households in three high rise buildings and low rise properties on the Collingwood Public housing Estate. By providing a PC and appropriate training to…


When it comes to cybercrime, we need a ‘digital ready’ society

There are four things about the Internet that make it a great place to commit crimes: 1. It is globally connected; 2. It is relatively anonymous; 3. There is a relative lack of traceability, and; 4. There are really rich targets – financial data, personally identifiable information, military information, business information. So, last Friday, when…


Not For Profit Focus for Gov 2.0

Design by Ben Crothers of Catch Media The Government 2.0 Taskforce has decided to run a contest to fast-track the generation of ideas for using public sector data in a not-for-profit setting, and to help the winner turn this idea into a project proposal. The Taskforce will award a $5,000 cash donation to a charity/not-for-profit…