NSW has set out a 20-year roadmap to ramp up critical R&D

- May 6, 2022 3 MIN READ

With research and development investment lagging Victoria and the OECD, New South Wales is doubling down on its competitive advantages in areas like AI, quantum computing, and nanotechnology, the state’s head scientist revealed in launching the state’s new 20-year R&D strategy. The NSW 20-Year R&D Roadmap – whose creation was recommended as part of the state government’s… Read more »

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How digital platforms are tackling Australia’s election campaign in the age of misinformation

- April 25, 2022 4 MIN READ

As the upcoming federal election campaign moves online, digital platforms and social media are gearing up to counter the spread of misleading information online. While politicians should play a responsible role, digital platforms also have a responsibility to take vigilant, careful action to identify and address misinformation and disinformation during the Australian election campaign, according… Read more »


The most anyone now wants to pay for the $4 million NFT of Jack Dorsey’s 1st tweet is $42,000

- April 19, 2022 2 MIN READ

The man who bought an NFT of Twitter co-founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey’s first ever tweet for nearly $4 million tried to auction it for $65 million – but the highest bid came in at less than $400. Sina Estavi, CEO of Malaysian blockchain company Bridge Oracle, famously jumped at the opportunity to buy a copy… Read more »


$1.3 billion defence drone project canned as Budget spends $10 billion on boosting offensive cybersecurity capabilities

- April 7, 2022 2 MIN READ

The government’s REDSPICE cyber security program – a $9.9 billion centrepiece to last week’s budget – has come at the cost of a $1.3 billion Sky Guardian drone project which has already set taxpayers back $10 million, senate estimates revealed on Friday. Despite the $9.9 billion headline figure championed by the Treasurer in his budget speech, a… Read more »

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Russia and its oligarchs are using cryptocurrency to get around global financial sanctions

- March 4, 2022 3 MIN READ

Harsh economic sanctions were meant to punish Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, but there are already signs that Russia’s government and wealthy oligarchs may be using cryptocurrency to work around Western financial controls. Backed by tax havens around the world including Switzerland and Monaco, direct sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin and the wealthy oligarchs that support him have… Read more »

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What Australia needs to do to keep its quantum advantage

- February 17, 2022 4 MIN READ

Interest in quantum computers is taking off as governments and big business look for ways to gain a competitive edge through cutting edge technology. In this three-part series, we look at how quantum computers work, their applications, and the continued role Australian scientists and engineers play in the technology’s development. Australia led the early charge… Read more »


The rapping economist arrested over a $7bn crypto hack wrote for Forbes on protecting yourself from cybercriminals

- February 10, 2022 2 MIN READ

A married couple has been arrested in the US for allegedly possessing and trying to launder 119,754 Bitcoin, today worth $7.4 billion, that were stolen in the 2016 breach of the Bitfinex exchange. The US Justice Department arrested husband-and-wife duo Ilya Lichtenstein, 34, and Heather Morgan, 31, this week for their alleged involvement in laundering… Read more »


The RBA’s digital currency project could create a ‘dystopian nightmare’

- January 18, 2022 3 MIN READ

Experts are warning the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) needs to be extremely carefully about how it pursues a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) with fears it could destabilise the economy or create a dystopian nightmare. Central banks around the world are now exploring the evolution of fiat currency through CBDCs in response to the… Read more »


Blockchain-based MODA is looking to give indie musicians more control over how they get paid

- December 10, 2021 3 MIN READ

An Australian-made decentralised autonomous organisation (DAO) is hoping to re-shape the music industry for Web3 by giving independent musicians more transparency and control over how they get paid for their art. MODA DAO is a not-for-profit foundation looking to build a modern music ecosystem using blockchain technology. The associated coin MODA landed on distributed exchange… Read more »


The billionaire Australian computer scientist who claims he invented Bitcoin smacked with $100 million damages bill in US lawsuit

- December 7, 2021 2 MIN READ

Australian computer scientist and self-proclaimed inventor of bitcoin Craig Wright has survived a lawsuit that would have seen him hand over half of a 1.1 million Bitcoin fortune – today worth around $71 billion – to the family of former business partner David Kleiman. Wright was, however, ordered to pay US$100 million in damages to… Read more »