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The Australian government is forcing streaming platforms to invest more in local TV & films

- February 1, 2023 4 MIN READ

Streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+ will soon face regulations to invest in Australian content, as Australian regulations catch up to other world players. Nearly eight years since the launch of Netflix in Australia in 2015, redressing the “regulatory gap” between unregulated streaming platforms and regulated traditional television is front-of-mind for Arts… Read more »

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CSIRO chief scientist Bronwyn Fox chairs government advice group on robotics strategy

- December 13, 2022 2 MIN READ

CSIRO Chief Scientist Professor Bronwyn Fox has been appointed chair of a new National Robotics Strategy Advisory Committee to help guide Australia’s strategy for emerging automation technologies. Industry and Science Ed Husic announced Prof Fox’s new role, along with the rest of the committee, which includes Mike Zimmerman from VC Main Sequence, ahead of its… Read more »

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The ACCC wants tougher controls over tech titans Meta, Google, Apple and Amazon to tackle scams and fraud

- November 14, 2022 3 MIN READ

The Australian and Consumer Competition Commission (ACCC) wants tougher regulations to tackle issues such as online scams, dodgy apps and fake reviews, putting the onus on major tech companies such as Meta and Google to address the harms caused to consumers, and small businesses. The ACCC’s fifth report in its five-year Digital Platform Services Inquiry proposes… Read more »

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The NSW government is giving the taxi industry nearly $1 billion – coz Uber – and you’re going to pay for it on every ride until 2030

- November 7, 2022 2 MIN READ

The NSW Government has upped its total compensation package to taxi licence holders for the rideshare’s introduction by $260 million to total $905 million. A media release from outgoing Transport minister David Elliott, who will depart politics at the March 2023 election, bragged that the compensation was more than double the Victorian Government package and… Read more »

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Here’s are lot of mostly nice things tech people are saying about a federal budget that delivered on promises

- October 26, 2022 8 MIN READ

Labor’s first federal budget has been widely welcomed by the tech sector, despite one analyst telling Startup Daily it was “a non-event” for tech. We called it a “socks, jocks and chocolates” budget from Labor, just five months after taking power and seven months before Treasure Jim Chalmers returns with his plans for FY24. There… Read more »

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‘A non-event for Australian tech’: here’s what’s in the federal budget for the tech and startup sectors

- October 26, 2022 3 MIN READ

On Monday, as federal treasurer Jim Chalmers sent his first Labor budget to the printers, a bunch of PRs on expensive retainers to startups sent Startup Daily their pre-budget wish lists. It was little like emailing Santa you Amazon gift list on Christmas eve. On Tuesday, Chalmers delivered socks, jocks and chocolates in the second… Read more »

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The Optus data breach shows why Australia needs mandatory disclosure laws

- October 20, 2022 3 MIN READ

The Optus data breach, which has affected close to 10 million Australians, has sparked calls for changes to Australia’s privacy laws, placing limits on what and for how long organisations can hold our personal data. Equally important is to strengthen obligations for organisations to publicly disclose data breaches. Optus made a public announcement about its… Read more »

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Flinders Uni ‘factory of the future’ scores $10 million to help defence manufacturing startups

- October 19, 2022 2 MIN READ

Flinders University’s Factory of the Future facility at the Tonsley Innovation District in Adelaide will receive $10.1 million in next week’s federal budget to ramp up its advanced manufacturing support for small business and defence startups. The announcement follows through on an election pledge made by Labor in May during the campaign. Industry and science… Read more »

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Web developers are among 10 IT roles added to the federal government’s national skills shortage list

- October 7, 2022 2 MIN READ

The National Skills Commission has added 10 more IT-related occupations to its list of skills facing national shortages, once again highlighting the need to train more technology talent in Australia. Web developers, database admins, and business analysts are now among jobs on the Commission’s official skills shortage list which informs Australia’s migration and skills development policies.… Read more »

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The Australian Senate is holding an inquiry into the market dominance of Big Tech, including Meta, Google, Apple & Amazon

- October 5, 2022 3 MIN READ

Years after launch of the Digital Platform Services Inquiry (DPSI), so-called Big Tech firms face further scrutiny after the Senate announced a second inquiry into their market share, manipulation of customers, vertical integration, and use of proprietary algorithms. The Senate Standing Committees on Economics’ Influence of International Digital Platforms inquiry has been tasked with exploring the degree… Read more »