Australian Government releases 60 cyber security recommendations

The Australian Government has released its Panel’s 2020 Cyber Security Strategy The Australian Federal Government’s Industry Advisory Panel (IAP) has delivered 60 recommendations to bolster Australia’s critical cyber defences. This was an important time for Australia to strengthen its cyber defences, said Andrew Penn chair at IAP. “The Panel’s recommendations…

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COVID-19’s impact on ICT budgets in APAC

Traditional technology spend is down, but digital transformation and remote working drive Cloud and collaboration tools. The global pandemic is still impacting ICT budgets in Asia Pacific region. According to analyst firm GlobalData Asia Pacific countries are seeing a decline of seven per cent to five per cent in ICT…

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Japan puts central bank digital currencies on policy roadmap

Bank of Japan and Japanese Govt indicates potential plans for digital currency . By Tetsushi Kajimoto and Daniel Leussink TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan will look closer into whether to issue central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), the government said in its annual policy roadmap, a sign that Tokyo may be warming…

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Training packages needed to fill IT skills gap in Australia

Australian Government called on to focus training packages required for the technology industry. The AIIA, Australia’s peak industry representative body for innovation technology, has called on the Australian Government to focus on agile training packages that are able to react faster to the emerging opportunities and new skills required for…

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Google shuts down cloud project, says no plan to offer cloud services in China

Projects shelved in politically sensitive countries. (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google said it has shut down its cloud project named “Isolated Region” and added that it was not weighing options to offer its cloud platform in China. Earlier in the day, Bloomberg News reported, citing two employees, that Google had…

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Singapore says blockchain payments project ready for commercial rollout

Blockchain-based payments network that could enable faster and cheaper international settlements. SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore has developed a blockchain-based payments network that could enable faster and cheaper international settlements, authorities said on Monday, adding that the next step was a commercial rollout. The final phase of the years-long ‘Project Ubin’…

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Facial recognition firm Clearview AI probed by Australia, UK for privacy issues

Company under investigation under several countries. (Reuters) – Britain’s data watchdog and its Australian counterpart said they launched a joint investigation into the personal information handling practices of facial recognition technology company Clearview AI. The investigation will be conducted by UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and the Office of the…

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India panel proposes new regulator for non-personal data: draft report

There’s need for a regulator or authority for data business. By Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India should set up a data regulator and require companies to disclose how they collect and store data devoid of personal details or which has been anonymised, a panel tasked to draw up…

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Indonesia Govt. commends Google Cloud Data Centre for national digitalisation

Presence of this Data Centre to strengthen security; protection of data privacy; and enhance digital economic progress. Indonesia’s minister of communication and information Johnny G. Plate said Google Cloud Region Data Centre will be able to strengthen the development of digitalisation and digital economy in Indonesia. According to the Minister…

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APAC Govts. push forth COVID-19 recovery ICT initiatives

Technology helped APAC region work through the pandemic, will it help in the recovery process? As countries in the Asia Pacific region takes steps to get their citizens back to a post-COVID normalcy, many are investing in technology as a driver to get the economy back into shape. Governments in…

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