Opinion

COVIDSafe is a dud: it’s time Australia joined the international effort on contact tracing

- July 3, 2020 3 MIN READ

Australia has ruled out abandoning the government’s COVIDSafe contact tracing app in favour of the rival “Gapple” model developed by Google and Apple, which is gaining widespread support around the world. Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth told The Project the COVIDSafe app was “a great platform”. When it comes down to it, is the… Read more »

News & Analysis

5 things you should know about tech today

- June 15, 2020 4 MIN READ

Hello to Monday. Hope it’s a fun one. Here’s what we’ve spotted.   1.  Unicorn hunting US startup sector analytics company CB Insights has picked out two Australian companies among the 50 it thinks could be the next unicorns (ie worth more than US$1bn). SafetyCulture and Culture Amp – 4% of the total with the US… Read more »

News & Analysis

5 things you should know about tech today

- May 22, 2020 3 MIN READ

G’day team, it’s Friday and just as you’re allowed out, it starts to rain.. And here’s what’s going on.   1.  Apple comes to CovidSafe’s rescue Remember the problems for iPhone users with the Australian government’s contact tracing app, CovidSafe? It was all about the Bluetooth – the detection device in the app – not working… 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 »

Other

How safe is COVIDSafe? What you should know about the app’s issues, and risks

- May 8, 2020 4 MIN READ

The Australian government’s COVIDSafe app has been up and running for almost a fortnight, with more than five million downloads. Unfortunately, since its release many users – particularly those with iPhones – have been in the dark about how well the app works. Digital Transformation Agency head Randall Brugeaud has now admitted the app’s effectiveness… 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 »

News & Analysis

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 »