News & Analysis

A South Australian tech startup built a virtual assistant for FAQs on covid-19

- April 30, 2020 < 1 MIN READ

  Adelaide-based tech startup Clevertar has built a virtual agent called Zoe for South Australia Health in just day to answer commonly asked covid-19 questions.  Clevertar CEO Tanya Newhouse said demand for health related information had increased exponentially and help South Australians follow official health guidelines. “We are proud to be assisting SA Health to… 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 »

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Mike Cannon-Brookes and Paul Bassat are backing the CovidSafe app as the tech sector takes on suspicious minds

- April 27, 2020 4 MIN READ

  Atlassian boss Mike Cannon-Brookes and Square Peg Capital’s Paul Bassat are among the tech sector’s high-profile supporters of the federal government’s contact-tracing smartphone app, CovidSafe, released on Sunday, but many remain wary of letting politicians anywhere near their data amid ongoing suspicion of their motives. Cannon-Brookes came out in favour of the app, which… Read more »

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BRIGHT SPOTS: How Compass Education scaled its school platform when demand soared by 600% in 30 minutes

- April 27, 2020 3 MIN READ

While many businesses have been forced to close as part of social distancing measures to reduce the risk of coronavirus, one entrepreneur’s poison is another’s meat and alongside covering how to get through the next six months, and detailing what’s happening in small business land in our series “From The Frontline“, as well as recognising… Read more »

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This healthtech founder says being worried about the government’s coronavirus app tracing you is ‘absurd’ in the Google & Facebook era

- April 27, 2020 3 MIN READ

The founder of a health data analytics startup says it’s “absurd” for people to worry about the government tracking people on its new coronavirus app, when so many already give away their location data to international tech giants such as Facebook and Google. Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Health Minister Greg Hunt released the voluntary… 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 »

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FROM THE FRONTLINE: How fintech Assembly Payments is supporting those hit harder by the covid-19 downturn

- April 22, 2020 4 MIN READ

The economic crisis brought on by COVID-19 is unlike anything the startup sector and broader business community experienced before. While governments and central banks worldwide attempt to come to grips with the macro challenges, we want to talk to people on the frontline of business to see how they’re faring and share their advice on… Read more »

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Employsure is helping startups apply for the government’s $130 billion JobKeeper support program

- April 21, 2020 2 MIN READ

Workplace relations company Employsure has launched a new support service, JobKeeper Help, for small and medium-sized businesses to help them apply and administer the federal government’s JobKeeper payments. The launch of the service coincides with the opening of applications with the Australian Taxation Office for the $130 billion stimulus package, which pays companies $750 a… Read more »

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Coronavirus update: VA slides into VA, NSW heads back to school, ABS reveals under 20s hit hardest in jobs plunge

- April 21, 2020 4 MIN READ

Virgin Australia has gone into involuntary administration with the airline expected to shed 1000s of jobs unless they can find private funding to assist, after the government refused to step in with a $1.4 billion bailout. Virgin Atlantic founder Richard Branson said the airline will need government support to keep going and suggested the collapse… Read more »

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Getting paid has turned into a massive $776 billion problem for small business that’s getting worse due to covid-19

- April 20, 2020 4 MIN READ

The time taken to pay small businesses has blown out in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, leading to the SME sector to call for federal legislation to ensure they can manage their cash flow effectively. Research commissioned by financial services firm Scottish Pacific found businesses with an annual revenue of $1-10 million have been… Read more »