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 »

Opinion

‘Gourmet Farmer’ and small business owner Matthew Evans on resilience and hope in the time of coronavirus

- March 23, 2020 5 MIN READ

Matthew Evans runs his family small business, Fat Pig Farm, near the Huon River in Southern Tasmania with his partner, Sadie Chrestman.  The farm has a market garden, pigs and dairy cows. They’ve been building the business for nine years, and in 2016 launched a cookery school, produce store and restaurant serving their home-grown produce.… Read more »

Opinion

The coronavirus plan you need to make now

- March 16, 2020 4 MIN READ

It’s looking increasingly likely that some childcare centres and schools will shut down over the next few weeks following incidents like this where staff tested positive for Coronavirus at Banksia Cottage at Macquarie University. Some workplaces have already enforced a ‘work from home’ policy for employees who have travelled overseas in the past month, and the next… Read more »

Opinion

A coronavirus winter is coming for Australian startups

- March 11, 2020 6 MIN READ

In a briefing to portfolio companies, A-List venture capital investor Sequioa Capital calls COVID-19 a black swan event — something rare, of significant global impact, and difficult to predict except in retrospect. Uncertain times always come with new opportunities for those in a position to identify and exploit them, but most black swan events are bad news for… Read more »

Opinion

Successful female entrepreneurs have these 10 characteristics

- March 6, 2020 4 MIN READ

A 2017 report commissioned by the Wade Institute of Entrepreneurship (WIE), which mapped the representation of women in the Australian entrepreneurial landscape, found that “while the start-up ecosystem in Australia continues to grow, businesses founded by women are still underrepresented, with fewer female-led businesses starting, scaling and securing finance.” Yet in harnessing the very essence… Read more »

Opinion

Australian police are using the Clearview AI facial recognition system with no accountability

- March 5, 2020 4 MIN READ

Australian police agencies are reportedly using a private, unaccountable facial recognition service that combines machine learning and wide-ranging data-gathering practices to identify members of the public from online photographs. The service, Clearview AI, is like a reverse image search for faces. You upload an image of someone’s face and Clearview searches its database to find… Read more »

Opinion

FinTech Australia says government should invest directly in the sector to create a startup boom

- March 5, 2020 4 MIN READ

FinTech Australia managing director Rebecca Schot-Guppy appeared before the Senate Select Committee on Financial Technology and Regulatory Technology last week. The committee is investigating the potential and opportunities in FinTech and RegTech for Australian business and consumers and initiatives to promote startups in the sectors. The committee is due to hand down its final report in… Read more »