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From Australia: The latest in tech and innovation

In recent news, the finance industry spotlights blockchain adoption, the Federal Government doubles down on cyber defences, and Aussie STEM still has a long way to go to achieve gender parity.

Australian Senator calls for blockchain adoption to lift financial regulatory compliance

Australian Liberal Senator Andrew Bragg has hinted that blockchain technology could be the answer to reducing complications associated with financial regulatory compliance and delivering transparency.

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Managing the pace of Cloud migrations in an age of acceleration

A recent report from Amazon Web Services (AWS) suggests that no sector is immune to the disruption caused by emerging technologies like Cloud, analytics, and Edge computing. The acceleration of change, fuelled by the likes of Cloud, analytics, and Edge computing, represents one of the biggest competitive challenges for Australian businesses today.

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Gender parity in Aussie STEM by 2091 is ridiculous but not unrealistic

Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, admits the country has a long way to go before reaching gender parity in STEM-related fields. Finkel says the rate of progress is ‘very, very small’ and states there is a sociological and cultural barrier which is “extremely complex to disentangle.”

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NSW mandating QR codes is a game-changer

QR code check-ins at venues are set to become the main source of digital contact tracing with the Federal Government‘s COVIDSafe app less prominent in the community. Initially, the adoption of QR codes was a venue-by-venue matter, but now some states are building massive database systems to centralise the data collected by QR codes.

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National security clampdown on cyber defences

The Federal Government is moving to implement the nation’s biggest critical infrastructure framework, amid increasing threats from state-based actors and transnational criminal organisations. A draft of the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill reveals new step-in powers, allowing national security agencies to actively disrupt and repel cybercrime.
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Privacy-focused web browser Brave passes 7 million users in first year

A recent survey from Australia’s privacy regulator has revealed consumers are becoming increasingly uncomfortable with many of the common data collection practices of platforms, online businesses and digital marketers. Privacy-focused web browsers and tools such as DucDuckGo and Brave both report surges in usage this year as users seek control of their data.

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