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As an enabling technology, ICT reaches into many fields including health, cybersecurity and engineering (shown here). As an enabling technology, ICT reaches into many fields including health, cybersecurity and engineering (shown here). Kevin Tong/Flickr

Australia’s got ICT talent – so how do we make the most of it?

AUSTRALIA 2025: How will science address the challenges of the future? In collaboration with Australia’s chief scientist Ian Chubb, we’re asking how each science discipline will contribute to Australia…
What’s left of homes after bushfires swept through Warrandyte, in Victoria, in January. What’s left of homes after bushfires swept through Warrandyte, in Victoria, in January. AAP Image/Joe Castro

Emergency services benefit from a high-speed world without wires

When disaster strikes – such as January’s bushfire in Victoria or the recent cold spell that froze much of north America – it’s vital for emergency services to get the latest information. They need to…
How are you feeling today? Mobile phones tell us more than ever. How are you feeling today? Mobile phones tell us more than ever. Jonathan Adami

Mobile phones are a window to the soul in modern research

What does your world look like? What are the contours of your neighbourhood? How are you feeling today? Mobile phones are increasingly providing us with the answers to these questions. In our daily activities…
“Lawful interception” has been used by intelligence agencies for decades. “Lawful interception” has been used by intelligence agencies for decades. Craig Does Stuff

US ‘choke-points’ for Australian telecoms data are no surprise

Hot on the heels of data analyst whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations about the existence of the PRISM electronic surveillance program operated by the United States' National Security Agency since…
Technology such as the iPad has been found to affect our wellbeing both positively and negatively. Technology such as the iPad has been found to affect our wellbeing both positively and negatively. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

We could be superheroes: the era of positive computing

Digital technologies have made their way into all aspects of our lives that influence our wellbeing - affecting everything from social relationships and curiosity to engagement and learning. Psychologists…
Getting something we all need for nothing … what’s not to love? Getting something we all need for nothing … what’s not to love? madlyinlovewithlife

Free Wi-Fi for everyone everywhere (maybe)

The Washington Post reported on February 4 that the US federal government wanted to create super Wi-Fi networks across the USA. While it appears that statements by the US Federal Communications Commission…
New and emerging technologies may deliver effective, equitable, and cost-effective mental health services. New and emerging technologies may deliver effective, equitable, and cost-effective mental health services. Alec Couros

Harnessing technology for better mental health services

On R U OK? Day this year, this website turned the spotlight on services that help and support people who are not okay – in particular on challenges that organisations such as Lifeline experience in meeting…
Access to the internet is becoming less of a problem - but does society have the structures to support free exchange of information? Access to the internet is becoming less of a problem - but does society have the structures to support free exchange of information? Howard Stateman

Challenge 6: Switching on to the politics of the digital era

In part six of our multi-disciplinary Millennium Project series, Jake Wallis argues that the infrastructure of global communication networks is inherently political and calls for a switched-on populace…
Sending an SMS might be easy, but catching up in person feels better. Sending an SMS might be easy, but catching up in person feels better. Jhaymesiviphotography

I nd to spk 2 U mum: why texting won’t make you feel the love

Things have changed. Much of the time we used to spend chatting with friends or strangers in person is now spent tweeting, texting or updating our Facebook status. Although technology allows us to rapidly…
Broadcast rights have turned two giant telcos into sporting rivals. Broadcast rights have turned two giant telcos into sporting rivals. Judy **

Optus and Telstra do the techno-legal time warp

Telecommunications giant Optus managed to convince the Federal Court in Sydney this week that there’s a legal blindspot in relation to its download pay-per-view service. Telstra – given its business relationship…
Meeting requests, endless CC lists … is it time to try something new? Meeting requests, endless CC lists … is it time to try something new? Travelin Librarian

Should we send work email to the trash?

Email has moved from being the internet’s first killer app to being a productivity killer. You can make news by claiming to hate it, ban it or kill it. But the problem with email is not the technology…
Barack Obama’s web campaign helped him win the presidency. Parties should learn from it. Barack Obama’s web campaign helped him win the presidency. Parties should learn from it. Flickr/Scorpions and Centaurs

Democracy.net: How to create better political engagement

The increasing spread of information and communication technology has changed just about every aspect of Australian society – except democracy. The opportunities to engage citizens in the democratic process…
Broadband-enabled technologies can ensure a more comfortable ageing process. Broadband-enabled technologies can ensure a more comfortable ageing process. sparktography

If I had a blank cheque I’d … reform Australia’s aged care system

Welcome to If I had a blank cheque … a series in which leading researchers reveal what they could (and would) do in their discipline if money were no object. Today we hear from Dr Kate Cornick, Executive…
Has TeaMp0isoN missed the point with its latest hacking stunt? Has TeaMp0isoN missed the point with its latest hacking stunt? Kerim Okten/AAP

Hackers squeeze BlackBerry for spilling juice on London riots

The hacking of BlackBerry’s official blog by the mysterious collective TeaMp0isoN raises serious questions. This black-hat hacking group, founded in 2009, has so far claimed responsibility for more than…
Can social media temper growing public antipathy towards political parties? Can social media temper growing public antipathy towards political parties? Mandel Ngan/AFP

A new way to engage? Obama’s ‘Twitter townhall’ comes to Australia

On Tuesday, the ACT government held Australia’s first virtual community cabinet using Twitter. Four ministers faced a barrage of tweets in an hour long question and answer session held with the electorate…
The way we communicate is changing and Al Qaeda have been ahead of the curve AFP PHOTO/DoD. The way we communicate is changing and Al Qaeda have been ahead of the curve AFP PHOTO/DoD.

How to communicate: Gillard should take a leaf out of Al Qaeda’s book

The nature of influence is changing, yet Governments, particularly in Australia have yet to absorb it. Influence is no longer wielded by pronouncements through traditional media sources. New media has…
Online speed limits are about to increase, but what does it mean for users? Online speed limits are about to increase, but what does it mean for users? motionblur

You, me and 4G: the future is in our hands

Ever tried to stream a movie on your phone and given up because of an unreliable connection or slow data speeds? Well, with 4G networking for mobile phones predicted to be in place by the end of this year…
Olympic athletes – among others – will benefit from the new technology. Olympic athletes – among others – will benefit from the new technology. Tracey Nearmy/AAP Image

Smart sensors save swimmers seconds

For Olympic swimmers, the blink of an eye can be the difference between first and forgotten. Everyone wants an edge, which is why elite athletes train relentlessly and why coaches push them hard. Alongside…
Would you let this man chastise you for your work performance? Would you let this man chastise you for your work performance? sbisson/Flickr

Turning it on for work meetings: is Avatar Kinect the new you?

New technology about to be released by Microsoft has the potential to revolutionise workplace meetings, removing the need to “be” anywhere for those all-important face-to-face encounters. If you believe…

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