Opinion

How paying for a ‘gap year’ for young people to work in startups is a better bang for taxpayer bucks after Jobkeeper

- May 25, 2020 4 MIN READ

If we want the best bang for our economic stimulus buck, we need young workers in startups  As we crawl towards our new definition of ‘normal’, one thing that’s become clear is that ‘recovery’ from COVID-19 isn’t a single goal; it’s a thousand small wins we will need to reach at different speeds.  Despite the… Read more »

Opinion

When 70% of Australians said they’d download the CovidSafe app, why did only 44% of them do it?

- May 20, 2020 4 MIN READ

In late March, we posed a hypothetical scenario to a sample of Australians, asking if they would download a contact tracing app released by the federal government; 70% responded in favour. But a more recent survey, following the release of COVIDSafe, revealed only 44% of respondents had downloaded it. The Australian government’s COVIDSafe app aims… Read more »

Opinion

How ‘biohackers’ are showing the power of DIY science in the fight against coronavirus

- May 11, 2020 3 MIN READ

In March, amateur scientists in Sydney announced they had created a COVID-19 test kit that is simpler, faster, and cheaper than existing tests. While the test has not yet been approved by regulators, if effective it could play a role in scaling up the world’s coronavirus testing capability. The test’s creators, associated with a “community… Read more »

Opinion

The CovidSafe tracking app reviewed by tech experts: security’s good, but Bluetooth’s a problem for iPhone users

- April 28, 2020 4 MIN READ

More than two million people had downloaded the federal government’s COVIDSafe app in the 24 hours after its release on Sunday night. The government is hoping at least 40% of the population will make use of the app, designed to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus disease. Previously dubbed TraceTogether – in line with… Read more »

Opinion

Coronavirus contact-tracing apps: their biggest weakness is we’re all waiting to see what each other will do

- April 23, 2020 4 MIN READ

As governments look to ease general social-distancing measures and instead use more targeted strategies to stop coronavirus transmission, we face a social dilemma about the limits of cooperative behaviour. Consider the controversy over contact-tracing phone apps, which can help authorities identify people with whom someone diagnosed with COVID-19 has recently come into close contact. Oxford… Read more »

Opinion

The Australian government looks set to end the free ride on local media by Google and Facebook

- April 20, 2020 3 MIN READ

Digital platforms such as Google and Facebook will be forced to compensate news media companies for using their content, under a new mandatory code to be drawn up by Australia’s competition watchdog. The announcement, made by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg today, follows last year’s landmark report by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), which found… Read more »

Opinion

The Australian government’s plan for a coronavirus contact tracing app will reveal who you hang out with

- April 16, 2020 4 MIN READ

The federal government has announced plans to introduce a contact tracing mobile app to help curb COVID-19’s spread in Australia. Read more: Explainer: what is contact tracing and how does it help limit the coronavirus spread? However, rather than collecting location data directly from mobile operators, the proposed TraceTogether app will use Bluetooth technology to… Read more »