A Childhood for every child

As the issue of ISP level filtering in Australia rages on, it is important to remind ourselves about some of the reasons that are driving this policy change. Perhaps the most compelling, and certainly the most disturbing, is the proliferation of child pornography and the abuse and exploitation that accompanies the trade and distribution of…

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Our Participation in COP15

Microsoft is providing a delegation of issue and technology experts accredited to support the UN’s Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (COP15). We are participating in a series of briefings, events, and partnerships to showcase for policymakers and other COP15 attendees the power of information technology (IT) to help address the daunting global energy and climate…

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SES Volunteers go on-line

Left to Right: Pip Marlow, Public Sector Director, Microsoft; Steve Whan MP, NSW Minister for Emergency Services; Murray Kear, Commissioner, SES; Andrew Edwards, CIO, SES. A new email system will be rolled out to more than 7,000 State Emergency Service volunteers over the next two months in a technology upgrade worth $2 million a year….

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National Disability Services

This week National Disability Services held its CEO Forum in Canberra. National Disability Services is the peak national industry association for disability services, with members employing more than 40,000 staff across Australia, and a membership of 650 organisations. Microsoft’s worldwide lead in accessibility, Rob Sinclair addressed the forum on the topic “Technology’s role in building…

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Three Sides of Open Government

Oliver Bell, Director, Standards Engagement Australia and New Zealand In April of 2009 Andrea Di Maio, an analyst with Gartner who has been looking at the role of technology in government and governance for some years now, published his thoughts on the future of Government service delivery, the provocative title that he assigned to his…

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Bing PM Rudd – Speaking to the Public Service

Delegates to the 2009 Institute of Public Administration of Australia (IPAA) Annual Conference will today be addressed by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Over 500 public servants, academics and people interested in the public administration are gathered in Brisbane for this year’s conference which is examining the theme ‘The Changing Public Sector Climate’. Prime Minister Rudd will deliver…

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Three Australian Schools Among Global Leaders of Technology Use in the Classroom

Three Australian schools have been identified as being amongst the most advanced  users of technology in the classroom in the world, Microsoft announced this week. The schools, which have been selected to participate in Microsoft’s Worldwide Innovative Schools Program, are among just 42 schools selected from across the globe. Hermit Park State Primary School in…

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APEC CEO Summit 2009

Microsoft’s Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Craig Mundie last week addressed the APEC CEO Summit 2009 in Singapore, on the topic “What is the next big thing? The session focused on the newest sources of innovation worldwide in the next few years, and lessons on fostering and promoting innovation. Mr Mundie raised the idea of…

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Make a Difference with Web 2.0 and win in NSW apps competition

apps4nsw is a public competition to foster and promote the development of innovative digital applications and web services using public sector data relating to New South Wales. Individuals and groups can compete for a share in the total prize pool of $100,000! This prize pool is jointly funded by the Department of Services, Technology and…

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Privacy and Cloud Computing: Microsoft

Yesterday Microsoft released a new position paper titled, Privacy in the Cloud Computing Era: A Microsoft Perspective.  This new paper discusses how Microsoft is approaching privacy as it relates to cloud computing.    Cloud-based services are rapidly emerging to complement the traditional client-based model of running software on PCs and servers at home and within the…

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