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New Qualcomm report calls for accelerated efforts to use 5G to enable a more sustainable future A new Qualcomm report, “Environmental sustainability and a greener economy: The transformative role of 5G” highlights the many ways 5G technology can achieve critically needed sustainability benefits and calls for joint efforts by industry and government to accelerate 5G adoption.  Opensignal assesses 5G global mobile network operators; Australian telcos rank average on 5G download speed...

21st September 2021

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Subscription entertainment lifts in lockdown Despite the eased restrictions during early 2021, pandemic-wary Australians are switching on entertainment subscriptions at a rapid pace and had a total of 42 million subscriptions at the end of June 2021, up from 37 million in June 2020, according to new research from emerging technology analyst firm, Telsyte. auDA Foundation offers grants totalling $200,000 The auDA Foundation, supported by .au domain authority auDA, is offering five $40,000...

20th September 2021

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Samsung launches 12.4-inch Galaxy Tab S7 Fan Edition from $799 in Australia Offering one of the bigger tablets out there at sub-$1000 pricing for all but the 5G model with 128GB which is $1079, Samsung is including a stylus in the box and hopes that Android users looking for a quality, affordable Android tablet choose this model. New app makes access to real-time Overall Equipment Effectiveness analytics available for Cumulocity IoT Software AG, launched an app to automate Overall...

17th September 2021

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Telstra investor day - T25 strategy Telstra announced its T25 strategy to accelerate growth, enhance customer experiences through predictive analytics and localised support, and capitalise on permanent shifts in how people work and live. CIAIRI to focus on AI and digital technology to create more opportunities RMIT’s Centre for Industrial AI Research and Innovation will work with AI researchers and industry partners to help them develop innovations in digital technology to meet their...

16th September 2021

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Nokia has recommenced participation in the O-RAN Alliance As reported yesterday in CommsWire, the O-RAN Alliance had made changes to its O-RAN participation documents and procedures, in an effort to address concerns of participants subject to US export regulations. When they said participants, they could have just said Nokia. Former Vocus Chair charged with insider trading ASIC has levelled two counts of insider trading charges against Vaughan Garfield Bowen, of Brighton, Victoria. ...

15th September 2021

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Dear Member, Please be advised that TelSoc is planning its Annual General Meeting 2021 for 12:00 noon on Thursday 28th October on Zoom. This is similar to the event from last year, which was well attended; it also has the added benefit that all Members from around Australia (and beyond) can attend. Further details, including online Nomination forms for Board Membership, will be distributed shortly (it is over 6 weeks away). Please note that only Financial Members can vote, so if you...

14th September 2021

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Latest Journal Articles

In this paper, we try to investigate the contribution of digitalization on economic growth in both developed and developing countries over the period 1990-2020. For this end, different econometric tools are applied on a panel dataset. Overall, we show that the digital technologies seem to significantly and positively affect economic growth in both groups of countries. The digitalization impact level tends to differ across countries. Our empirical results also display that the short- and long-term relationship between information and communication technologies and economic growth is well documented. Such results can be useful for policymakers to enhance the digital economy and provide novel channels to develop adequate policies and promote new institutions. So, benefits from digitalization can lead to realize substantial economic growth.

The ever-increasing number and gravity of cyberattacks against the cloud's assets, together with the introduction of new technologies, have brought about many severe cloud security issues. The main challenge is finding effective mechanisms for constructing dynamic isolation boundaries for securing cloud assets at different cloud infrastructure levels. Our security architecture tackles these issues by introducing a policy-driven interaction model. The model is governed by cloud system security policies and constrained by cloud interacting entities' locations and levels. Security policies are used to construct security boundaries between cloud objects at their interaction level. The novel interaction model relies on its unique parameters to develop an agile detection and prediction mechanism of security threats against cloud resources. The proposed policy-based interaction model and its interaction security algorithms are developed to protect cloud resources. The model deals with external and internal interactions among entities representing diverse participating elements of different complexity levels in a cloud environment. We build a security controller and simulate various scenarios for testing the proposed interaction model and security algorithms.

Authored by Jack Hile

The increasing prevalence of large-scale data breaches prompted Australia to strengthen the Privacy Act by enacting the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act to regulate the behaviour of entities entrusted with personal data. However, this paper argues that these legislative instruments are ineffective when dealing with data breaches and their associated problems. In supporting this conclusion, this paper first develops a criterion for effective data breach law, and then evaluates the Australian framework against this criterion to determine its operational effectiveness. In addition, this paper analyses practical developments in the area of data-breach law to garner insights as to how the Australian framework can be made more effective. Ultimately, this paper concludes that the Australian framework is ineffective when dealing with large-scale data breaches, and recommends future legislative amendment as a means of bolstering its effectiveness.

Authored by Derek Wilding

In February 2021 two initiatives for regulating digital platforms in Australia were implemented. The News Media Bargaining Code (“News Code”) attracted international attention as a legislative means of forcing platforms to pay for news content, while the Australian Voluntary Disinformation and Misinformation Code (“Disinformation Code”) was modelled on an international initiative. Both were developed to meet Government policy formulated in response to Australia’s Digital Platforms Inquiry. Whereas the Inquiry recommended the use of co-regulation, Government policy switched to voluntary codes for both, then to a legislative scheme for the News Code. This article examines the schemes and critiques the policy on which they are based. It applies a conceptual framework to assess the optimum conditions for the use of co-regulation and self-regulation. It finds that a self-regulatory scheme of voluntary codes was never a suitable approach for the News Code, and that the close involvement of the regulator on the Disinformation Code — without a suitable remit or enforcement powers — distorts the self-regulatory model. This can in part be explained by the failure to address well-recognised flaws in the co-regulatory framework for telecommunications and broadcasting, the consequences of which are now being seen in attempts to regulate digital platforms.

Authored by Leith Campbell

On 24 March 2021, TelSoc hosted the sixth Broadband Futures Forum, held online, with a focus on regional and rural broadband access. Mr Gavin Williams from NBN Co, the developer of Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN), spoke about developments in Fixed Wireless and Satellite services and described NBN Co’s commitment to ongoing enhancement of broadband access in regional and rural Australia. A question-and-answer session followed the presentation in which Mr Williams fielded a variety of questions on broadband access and technological developments.

Authored by Leith Campbell

This editorial comes in three parts: some observations on the growing need to regulate the digital economy more effectively; a brief introduction to the papers in this issue; and some updates on the editorial team that produces the Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy.