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Why drone delivery is a pipe dream – and what you need to know about the government’s plans

- December 5, 2022 4 MIN READ

In early November, the Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure invited public comment on proposed Australia-wide “drone delivery guidelines” it has been quietly developing with industry stakeholders. A slick new website – drones.gov.au – boasts of the supposed benefits of delivery drones. It claims they will create jobs, provide cost-efficiency and be environmentally sustainable. The draft guidelines… Read more »

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The arts sector is now designed to make tech billionaires richer – and a new Australian book, Chokepoint Capitalism, ponders how to regain control

- November 28, 2022 8 MIN READ

This book speaks to a disenchanted present. The heady days of internet 2.0, with its anarchic disruption, empowered prosumers, flat hierarchies and sharing economies, are well behind us now. So too is the glamour of start-ups and creative entrepreneurs, remaking the self through pure willpower while transforming capitalism from the inside out, one almond latte… Read more »

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America’s pioneering tech giants are shedding 25,000+ jobs as Chinese rival TikTok looks to double in size

- November 17, 2022 3 MIN READ

More than 25,000 jobs are set to be cut at three of the biggest tech companies in the world, as rapid growth during the pandemic slows and broader economic headwinds pick up speed. Reports emerged this week that Amazon is planning to lay off about 10,000 people, on the back of Facebook parent company Meta’s… Read more »

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Chokepoint Capitalism: how Amazon’s Audible, Spotify and other platforms squeeze cash from creators

- November 15, 2022 5 MIN READ

In 2020, the independent authors and small publishers whose audiobooks reach their readers via Audible’s ACX platform smelled a rat. Audiobooks were booming, but sales of their own books – produced at great expense and well-reviewed – were plummeting. Some of their royalty statements reported negative sales, as readers returned more books than they bought.… Read more »

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Tech Council releases roadmap to make Australia the regional hub for great tech businesses

- September 1, 2022 2 MIN READ

Lobby group The Tech Council of Australia (TCA) is looking to take the battle up to Singapore, China and Japan in making Australia the regional tech hub for the Asia-Pacific region, attracting global players to the country.  A new report commissioned by the TCA, Turning Australia into a Regional Tech Hub, outlines the existing strengths… Read more »

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AI weapons, robot subs & silent drones: the military tech startup created by the Oculus founder lands in Australia

- August 23, 2022 4 MIN READ

Earlier this month, posters started going up around Sydney advertising an event called “In the Ops Room, with Palmer Luckey”. Rather than an album launch or standup gig, this turned out to be a free talk given last week by the chief executive of a high-tech US defence company called Anduril. The company has set… Read more »