Opinion

Why Google’s plan to buy Fitbit has the ACCC’s pulse racing

- June 24, 2020 4 MIN READ

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has expressed concern about Google’s proposed acquisition of fitness tracker company Fitbit. The acquisition will let Google add years’ worth of Fitbit users’ data to its already unequalled consumer data collection. This could reduce competition in certain health services and other markets in Australia. Google revealed its plans… Read more »

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Facebook says it doesn’t need news on its site in response to push to pay for media content

- June 22, 2020 4 MIN READ

The Australian government is setting out to develop a “bargaining code” to address power imbalances between news media publishers and digital platforms such as Facebook and Google. The creation of this code was recommended last year in the final report of the Digital Platforms Inquiry held by the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC). The… Read more »

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Australian universities will hasten their own demise if they try to save costs by ignoring startups

- June 16, 2020 5 MIN READ

Australia’s universities are in desperate trouble, and their first move has been to cut the entrepreneurship and innovation arms they should be defending at all costs. Sometimes, there’s no satisfaction in being right with predictions; like the time back in early March, when I predicted that the tech startup accelerator programs and incubators being offered by… Read more »

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When algorithms go wrong: how relying on automated tech is a world of pain for governments

- June 10, 2020 3 MIN READ

  Algorithmic decision-making has enormous potential to do good. From identifying priority areas for first response after an earthquake hits, to identifying those at risk of COVID-19 within minutes, their application has proven hugely beneficial. But things can go drastically wrong when decisions are trusted to algorithms without ensuring they adhere to established ethical norms.… Read more »

Opinion

How to nail your tech accelerator application

- June 9, 2020 2 MIN READ

Yes, be honest! Be honest about what you think you’ve learned so far, and what you hope to learn about during the accelerator. No accelerator wants startup founders who pretend they don’t need any help, that believe they are a sure bet for success. Accelerators exist to coach you, and if you don’t need any… Read more »

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If industrial relations is the new frontier in covid-19 recovery, it’s time for a rethink on how disputes are resolved

- May 29, 2020 3 MIN READ

Earlier this week, Scott Morrison used his Press Club address to outline his plan for economic recovery from the COVID-19 period, in the coming months and years. At the forefront of this is reform of Australia’s Industrial Relations system. Industrial relations is a defining issue in politics and when it comes down to it, we’ve… Read more »