Rohan Pearce

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Rohan Pearce is the editor of Computerworld Australia with a background in tech journalism that predates the iPhone. He is a nerd with an interest in open source who still hasn’t been able to throw out his Red Hat 3.0.3 CDs Just In Case. Also, he has cats.

Coles completes migration to SAP S/4HANA in Azure

Coles completes migration to SAP S/4HANA in Azure

Prepares for rollout of Infor’s GT Nexus

MYEFO: Government funds work on Medicare payments, ATO resilience

MYEFO: Government funds work on Medicare payments, ATO resilience

The government’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) reveals that an additional $36.3 million (including $12.8 million in capital funding) is being put towards maintaining the Medicare payments system.

Government relying on eBay for hardware not a great idea, APS Review suggests

Government relying on eBay for hardware not a great idea, APS Review suggests

A major government IT system is so out of date that replacement hardware for it needs to be sourced from second-hand parts sold on eBay.

NBN Co pushes back against ACCC pricing intervention

NBN Co pushes back against ACCC pricing intervention

NBN Co has strongly pushed back against a suggestion by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) that it could regulate the pricing of the NBN entry-level broadband offering.

Government 'online safety' measures to encompass apps, search engines

Government 'online safety' measures to encompass apps, search engines

The government will today reveal details of proposed new legislation that will seek to tackle online harassment, including swifter takedowns of abusive material.

Reserve Bank governor pushes digital identity

Reserve Bank governor pushes digital identity

Reserve Bank of Australia governor Philip Lowe says a number of other nations are “well ahead” of Australia when it comes to the creation of portable digital identity services that can help address online payment fraud as well as...

Optus takes step towards dual-band 5G network

Optus takes step towards dual-band 5G network

Optus says it is the first telco in the world to complete an end-to-end 5G data call using spectrum in the 2300MHz band.

Government ditches data exchange platform for API standards

Government ditches data exchange platform for API standards

The government’s Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) says that after testing the idea of building a data exchange platform it is instead pushing for the use of APIs to develop “better government interactions and data sharing”.

Transparency key for government AI initiatives: Dominello

Transparency key for government AI initiatives: Dominello

New South Wales customer service minister Victor Dominello says acceptance of government use of artificial intelligence (AI) will have to be built on what he describes as the “four pillars of trust”: Privacy, security, transparency...

Government coy on metadata encryption exemption for telcos

Government coy on metadata encryption exemption for telcos

Revealing which telecommunications providers have been granted exemptions from a requirement to encrypt information covered by the data retention scheme could expose them to security risks or public ridicule, according to officials at...

Morrison reveals Services Australia changes, comms department amalgamation

Morrison reveals Services Australia changes, comms department amalgamation

Services Australia will be transformed into an executive agency sitting within the Social Services Department as part of an overhaul of the Australian Public Service’s (APS) structure announced today by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Proposed changes to Australia’s 'encryption' laws win telco backing

Proposed changes to Australia’s 'encryption' laws win telco backing

A group representing the telecommunications industry and a number of prominent human rights advocates have welcomed a Labor-backed bill to amend Australia’s ‘encryption’ laws but called for more thoroughgoing changes to the...

Labor to unveil bill to amend 'encryption' law

Labor to unveil bill to amend 'encryption' law

Shadow home affairs minister Senator Kristina Keneally will tomorrow introduce a bill to amend Australia’s controversial ‘encryption’ laws.

Data-matching practices of loyalty schemes under fire

Data-matching practices of loyalty schemes under fire

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has called for operators of customer loyalty schemes to strengthen their privacy practices.

iVote developer acknowledges vulnerability, defends election security

iVote developer acknowledges vulnerability, defends election security

The vendor that developed core components of New South Wales’ iVote system has released an analysis of a vulnerability discovered in the online voting platform, arguing that an attack based on it is “extremely difficult to implement...

Services minister pushes ‘whole of government technology architecture’

Services minister pushes ‘whole of government technology architecture’

Government services minister Stuart Robert says he has asked the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) to engage with the Commonwealth’s largest IT shops to create a taskforce that can “explore what a single whole of government...

NSW’s plan to overhaul aging frontline applications, build ‘digital twin’

NSW’s plan to overhaul aging frontline applications, build ‘digital twin’

‘Beyond Digital’ strategy outlines data-driven effort to continue overhauling service delivery

Government has another crack at subsidy for regional NBN services

Government has another crack at subsidy for regional NBN services

Communications minister Paul Fletcher has reintroduced (slightly tweaked) legislation to implement the Regional Broadband Scheme (RBS): A charge levied on non-NBN so-called ‘superfast’ broadband services.

Federal MPs to receive phishing training in wake of parliament hack

Federal MPs to receive phishing training in wake of parliament hack

DPS to stage simulated phishing of MPs and parliamentary staff

Making sense of Australia’s ‘bewildering’ cyber landscape

Making sense of Australia’s ‘bewildering’ cyber landscape

There is an infamous chart produced by law firm Baker McKenzie that provides a guide to the web of Commonwealth organisations and programs related to cyber security.

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