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Reset Australia says 'Google’s egregious threats prove regulation is long overdue' Although Google has come to a deal to pay French publishers for news. Google Australia is threatening to withdraw Google Search and services from Australia, with Reset Australia's Chris Cooper suggesting regulation is the answer. amaysim takeover by Optus set to be completed on 1 February Shareholders of amaysim have given the green light for the company to be taken over by Optus, a deal that was announced...

22nd January 2021

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Perth stadium goes 5G with Optus Optus has switched on 5G at Perth’s Optus stadium, giving sports and concert viewing fans 5G connectivity throughout key areas of the stadium.   Refurbished smartphone market dropped 9% in 2020, says Counterpoint The global refurbished smartphone market saw a drop of 9% year-on-year in 2020, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research says, adding that the first half of the year saw a 16% fall before a rebound occurred in the latter half...

21st January 2021

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'World first': 5Gbps download speed over 5G achieved by Telstra, Ericsson and Qualcomm Over at Telstra's 5G Innovation Centre on the Gold Coast, Telstra, Ericsson and Qualcomm have “announced the successful completion of a new 5G maximum download speed record on a commercial network of 5Gbps for a single user” via a 5G NR data call.   ACMA says Kogan breached Australian spam laws and pays $310,000 fine The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has investigated...

20th January 2021

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Mobile roaming recovery to take three years: analyst Turning the phrase "Netflix and Chill" on its head, Analyst firm Juniper Research has predicted it will take three years for mobile roaming activity to recover from the effects of travel restrictions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.   Check Point invests in Australian cloud capabilities Israel-based security firm Check Point Software has decided to invest in local cloud facilities in Australia so that it can meet data...

19th January 2021

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Chilling news: Finder says 'one in three streamers experience buffering issues regularly' Turning the phrase "Netflix and Chill" on its head, Finder says that buffering issues experienced by those watching streaming media services are suffering from "Netflix and freeze".   US places Chinese firm Xiaomi on blacklist, claims it has military links Xiaomi Corporation, the third biggest smartphone manufacturer, has become the latest Chinese company to be added to a US list of...

18th January 2021

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Leading Edge Data Centres signs infrastructure deal with NBN Co Leading Edge Data Centres has reached an agreement with the NBN Co to build infrastructure for all RSPs to connect to its data centres in regional Australia.   Google Cloud, Nokia team up on 5G development Google Cloud and Nokia have announced a global, strategic partnership aimed at jointly developing cloud-native 5G Core solutions for communications service providers and enterprise customers. Ericsson chief asks his...

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The availability of information and communication technology (ICT) has assisted companies to effectively produce and market their products and services in the global market. However, the majority of micro and small enterprises (MSEs) in Indonesia have not adopted such technology or e-commerce to support their business activities. Based on province data (cross-section data), this study aims to examine the adoption of e-commerce by MSEs in different provinces in Indonesia. It addresses two research questions. First, how many MSEs have adopted such technology? Second, what factors influence e-commerce adoption by MSEs? The study used multiple regression to estimate empirically the impact of selected factors as independent variables on the number of MSEs that use e-commerce. It shows at least three important facts: (i) the degree of e-commerce adoption by MSEs in Indonesia is still very low; (ii) there is a positive relationship between market size in a province and the number of MSEs in the province adopting e-commerce; and (iii) in a region where all residents or households have a computer or access to the Internet, it is not always that all business actors, especially MSEs, in that region adopt e-commerce.

Due to the advance in network technologies, the number of network users is growing rapidly, which leads to the generation of large network traffic data. This large network traffic data is prone to attacks and intrusions. Therefore, the network needs to be secured and protected by detecting anomalies as well as to prevent intrusions into networks. Network security has gained attention from researchers and network laboratories. In this paper, a comprehensive survey was completed to give a broad perspective of what recently has been done in the area of anomaly detection. Newly published studies in the last five years have been investigated to explore modern techniques with future opportunities. In this regard, the related literature on anomaly detection systems in network traffic has been discussed, with a variety of typical applications such as WSNs, IoT, high-performance computing, industrial control systems (ICS), and software-defined network (SDN) environments. Finally, we underlined diverse open issues to improve the detection of anomaly systems.

The digitalisation of the economy has increased tax administrations’ traditional tax risks and introduced new tax non-compliance risks, such as the use of income suppression software and tax fraud associated with the use of alternative payment methods, such as cryptocurrencies. This study focuses on the global reform that took place among tax authorities from a tax risk management and assurance perspective. The study was executed in two phases, including a cross-national literature review to synthesise international reform regarding tax risk management and assurance in response to the digitalisation of the economy. This process was followed by interviews with risk, technology and data experts of 30 global tax authorities in order to evaluate the level of implementation of the global reform measures identified in the first research phase. The research results suggest an imbalance in reform among participants from developed and developing economies. An inability to optimise tax risk and assurance management within the digitalised economy will negatively impact the tax authorities’ ability to maximise tax collection within the digitalised economy. This is especially concerning if the significant role of digital platforms on future global economic value creation is considered.

Authored by Giles Tanner and Jock Given

This article considers five options for the future of television transmission in Australia. We begin by describing the unprecedented threats to broadcast television’s business model and power. We then set out the global picture for terrestrial TV broadcasting and options for modernising the Australian system. We do this within a framework that asks what now constitutes “television”, because the services that viewers and users now treat as TV are broader than the subset that have carried most of the public policy freight for decades. The five options we consider are: first, do nothing much apart from adopting further improvements in compression technology; second, replace the current transmission system with a new, specialised terrestrial broadcast platform; third, migrate terrestrial TV to a direct-to-home satellite platform; fourth, move over-the-air TV online; fifth, design some sort of hybrid of Options 1 to 4. Finally, we arrive at some tentative conclusions.

Authored by Simon Moorhead

Two historic papers from 1974/75 detailing the construction of the Bellenden Ker television broadcasting station in far north Queensland.

Authored by David Soldani

In response to the call by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for submissions on the development of Australia’s Cyber and Critical Technology International Engagement Strategy, this paper reviews the most critical technologies; related risks and opportunities; best practices, policies and security frameworks in other countries; relevant government, industry, civil society and academia cooperation initiatives; and proposes how Australia may became a leader in the global Cyberspace. To realise this vision, Australia should play a major role among selected international organizations; support the continuous evolution of critical technologies; adopt a proper technology security assurance scheme; and enforce a certification and accreditation process – against a predetermined set of appropriate security standards and policies – for security authorisation in Australia. This could be achieved with the formulation and implementation of an Australia’s defence-in-depth strategy, augmented by a Zero-Trust model, which enhances security for untrusted domains, and within trusted domains, and meets the baseline requirements of cyber security for the Internet of Things.