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ACS Week in Review: 28 March 2013

Tuesday, 02 Apr 2013

Reports out this week

  • SA Government releases ICT strategy paper
    The South Australian Government has released a consultation paper outlining its planned approach to ICT, as part of a broader drive to embed a culture of innovation within government agencies.

ACS in the news

Articles of Interest

  • Outstanding Australian scientists recognised with election to the Australian Academy of Science
    Representing leading research scientists from institutions around Australia, the Australian Academy of Science annually honours a small number of Australian scientists with election to the Academy for their outstanding contributions to science.
  • Union backlash on delayed NBN work
    Labor faces a union backlash over the delays in the rollout of its National Broadband Network, with the powerful Communications Electrical and Plumbing Union expecting the project to be revised no matter who wins the election and warning of "unacceptable" labour rates to meet cost targets.
  • The end of Indian IT outsourcing as we know it
    India's IT outsourcers are promoting "mini CEOs" capable of running businesses on their own, while trimming down on the hordes of entry-level computer coders they normally hire as they try to squeeze more profits out of their staff.
  • How Aussie kids can emulate 17 year-old Yahoo multimillionaire
    Australian students should be offered computer programming classes from as early as kindergarten, technology industry experts say, to have a shot at replicating the success of 17-year-old Nick D’Aloisio, a London high school student who sold an iPhone app that summarises news articles to Yahoo! for a reported £20 million ($29 million).
  • Tablets to outsell PCs and laptops
    A report by the research firm IDC said worldwide shipments of these devices -- personal computers, tablets and smartphones -- grew 29.1 per cent in 2012 to 1.2 billion units with a value of $US576.9 billion. Sales of tablet computers will surpass sales of both desktop and portable PC sales by 2014.

Government and Opposition Announcements

  • New NBN co-chair announced
    Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, and the Minister for Finance and Deregulation, Senator Penny Wong, announced that Siobhan McKenna has been appointed Chair of NBN Co.