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As one of the most developed IT markets in the Asia-Pacific region, Australia has been a first-mover in mastering and deploying advanced information and communications technology across a large segment of its economy.
Whether it is tapping artificial intelligence to boost patient care or empowering police officers with mobility initiatives, Australia is often seen as a leader that uses technology effectively not for its own sake, but to make a positive impact on its people, businesses and economy.
In this review of the top 10 Computer Weekly articles focused on IT in Australia, we look at what the country is doing to improve work productivity, upgrade its supercomputing infrastructure, harness the internet of things to improve business operations and realise its space ambitions.
1. Inside Australia’s supercomputing journey
The country’s Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organisation has upgraded its high-performance computing infrastructure to keep pace with global research.
2. Australia outlines space ambitions
A national space agency would put Australia in the league of nations with space capabilities, but questions about its true value remain.
Australian researchers are using Amazon’s Lambda serverless computing service to solve pressing health problems.
4. Australian broadcaster hit by data breach
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation is the latest organisation to fall prey to misconfigured Amazon S3 storage buckets, exposing database backups and sensitive data such as login credentials.
5. Australia’s cyber security strategy bearing fruit
The national blueprint has been a catalyst for improvements in cyber security across the country, but its long-term impact remains to be seen.
6. Australian government to invest A$10m in the internet of things
The Australian government pledges more funds towards deploying a Sigfox-based network that will be used to power smart city and clean energy applications across the country.
7. Victoria Police to get more productive with mobile devices
Apple devices fitted with policing apps will let officers access vital information and collaborate while on the go.
8. Mojo Power harnesses cloud to disrupt energy business
The Australian energy upstart is using cloud-based microservices to shake up the energy sector by providing households with access to wholesale energy rates and real-time consumption data.
9. Australia to abolish visa for skilled workers
The Australian government will replace the 457 visa programme with temporary skills visas to stem the loss of jobs that could go to Australians.
Watson for Oncology will provide oncologists with medical information and treatment options to support clinical decision making.