Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Unveiled in the US

At the recent Cloud Summit in Canberra the issue of consumer data privacy and empowerment, data transfers and the flow of information across borders were hot topics. Ultimately without consumer trust in the operation of cloud based services and the Internet overall, and the operation of a global service delivery system the opportunities promised by…


Do we trust the internet?

Technology and politics is more interwoven than ever before. We’ve seen sensitive government information being revealed on Wikileaks, and mobilisation of communities across the Middle East using social media resulting in regime change in Tunisia, Egypt and unrest in Libya and Bahrain. The first social media election in the UK saw an incoming Conservative Coalition…

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Simplifying NSW Government services

Leader of the NSW Opposition, Barry O’Farrell last week visited the offices of Microsoft Australia to view technologies which can assist in simplifying NSW Government services through the use technology. Among the products that were viewed included Microsoft Surface, which uses a combination of software and hardware to present information on a flat surface that…

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Microsoft Welcomes Federal Commitment to Value for Money Procurement

The release (on January 27) by the Federal Special Minister of State, the Honourable Gary Gray, MP of a revised Federal Government policy on open source software has been welcomed by Microsoft Australia. Approved by the Minister and the Secretaries’ ICT Governance Board in December the policy’s requirement to consider open source software in all software procurements…

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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 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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Spatial Industry Surfaces for Minister

Last week, The Honourable Martin Ferguson AM, MP, Federal Minister for Energy and Resources, delivered the opening address in Canberra at spatial@gov – the premier event for the Australian spatial industry. Minister Ferguson took time to visit Geomatic Technologies (GT), a Microsoft Gold Partner and leading Bing Maps reseller, to see the power of the Surface…

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Technology opens up voting possibilities

Cross posted from the National TimesTechnology enabled almost instant updating of results online during the election night counting. Indeed, I borrowed a friend’s mobile phone at a social function to keep up with the amazing results unfolding on the night. But technology also has far-reaching implications for the electoral voting system. Australians will be able…

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Ease of Use Empowers Individual Action

Microsoft recently provided sponsorship support for the inaugural Gov 2.0 Summit & Expo Showcase in Washington DC. Given the Australian Government’s 2.0 Taskforce’s focus on citizen engagement and empowerment, the Summit and showcase were an interesting insight into how these significant issues are being viewed in the USA. The Summit featured several notable speakers including…

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