National Panel for Economic Reform Communiqué - Putting People First

The Communiqué released by the Prime Minister following the inaugural meeting of the National Panel for Economic Reform is welcomed by Microsoft Australia. It reiterates the importance to Australia of instituting policy and management reforms across the economy that focus on the goal of achieving long-term productivity gains. While some may see the goal of…


Futures Portal - IT industry policy news

Futures, Microsoft’s online technology policy portal, keeps you up-to-date with the latest developments in an evolving industry. With viewpoints from government leaders, industry practitioners and technology specialists, Futures will navigate you through a range of issues, notably cloud computing and innovation in healthcare, education, security and defence.


PhotoDNA - Science on the Side of Abused Kids

Like many, I’ve long been a fan of the television show CSI:at least in most of its incarnations. I’ve often wondered though whether the amazing application of scientific techniques could really support law enforcement as easily as it is sometimes portrayed in the show’s episodes. Could information technologies for example really help find and eliminate…


Microsoft 2011 Citizenship Report

The Microsoft 2011 Citizenship Report shares some of the important work we’re doing in our communities, and our efforts to manage a responsible business. It explains our Citizenship actions in fiscal year 2011 and together with our annual financial report gives a complete picture of our work and highlights our focus for the year ahead. Our…


Federal Government releases National Digital Economy Strategy

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…

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Microsoft response to AGIMO Cloud Computing Consultation Paper

Early in January the Federal Government released a Cloud Computing Strategic Direction Paper – Opportunities and applicability for use by the Australian Government. Microsoft has provided a response to the Draft Consultation Paper which can be found here and a copy of the submission is attached below. The Introduction to the Response from Microsoft reads as…

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Microsoft signs the Federal Government and Industry Principles of Engagement on ICT

Microsoft has registered as a signatory to the Federal Government’s “Government and Industry Principles of Engagement on ICT”. The “Review of the Australian Government’s Use of Information and Communications Technology” conducted in 2008 by Sir Peter Gershon, recommended the development of client and supplier codes of conduct to help improve the operation of the Government…

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Microsoft backs Gov 2.0 with $1 million

In June 2009 when the Federal Government announced the establishment of a Government 2.0 Taskforce, Microsoft agreed to make available up to $2.45 million for a Project Fund, to fund projects connected with the Taskforce’s work. This funding was provided under an Operational Agreement between Microsoft and the Commonwealth. That support funded 18 commissioned projects, two…

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Cloud Computing Report Sees Opportunities with Federal Government Action

A report released by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) last week (October 14) identified valuable opportunities for Australian governments, business and researchers in “cloud” computing – a business estimated to be worth $US20 billion world-wide and growing rapidly. The Report – Cloud Computing: Opportunities and Challenges for Australia – notes that governments, businesses…

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Public Policy and Cloud Computing in Asia: New opportunities. New challenges. New responsibilities

(Published in Microsoft Futures 2010 Issue 5.1) Few people would dispute that data is the new currency of the digital economy. Digital information plays a critical role in the supply chain for business as well as helping to deliver government services to billions of citizens. Moreover, from email to social networking to internet search, data…

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