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ACS Week In Review: 16 August 2013

Friday, 16 Aug 2013

The ACS is seeking feedback to the Australian Cloud Protocol discussion paper available here

Submissions close on August 19.

As the federal election campaign continues, the ACS is proud to be representing our members by calling on all parties to support our 5 election priorities. These were released in the days before the election was called and set out issues identified as crucial to the continuing growth of the digital economy. If you haven’t yet had a chance to read them, you can view them on the ACS Website at

ACS to host Telecommunications Roundtables

The role of telecommunications in driving national productivity is well known. Combined with rapid advances in cloud services and the developing open data revolution, the increasing levels of broadband connectivity in Australia bring us to a unique position in our history. Australia is on the cusp of a new era of service delivery in many areas.

2013 also brings new challenges and new opportunities for the Telecoms industry and we are inviting interested parties to a series of round-table conversations, seeking your views and expertise to help identify and clarify the challenges and opportunities facing Australia as viewed from a Telecoms perspective.

To register, simply click on the city you would like to attend Sydney August 16Brisbane August 20 - Melbourne August 29

Protect Your Future!

The ACS is also demonstrating our commitment to our members in the SME space by running a series of risk mitigation workshops in partnership with Chubb and OAMPS. These events will highlight significant risks to SME’s using real world examples and will offer solutions to some of the more common risks faced in today’s business environment. Registration is open now with events being held throughout Australia in late August. Click here for more information.

ACS Encourages technology leaders of tomorrow

As part of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) Election platform to strengthen the digital economy, the ACS has announced a further investment in university student offering.

Speaking at the National iAwards, ACS Chief Executive, Alan Patterson today urged policy makers not to forget the future of Australia’s digital economy was not in their hands, but in the minds of the young.

“One in ten ACS members are students and report that to be competitive they need polished professional skills as well as help in securing their first role or signing up their first customer,” said Mr Patterson.

Telstra blocked from cancelling ispOne services until trial

Telstra has been prevented from terminating mobile services to partner ispONE until the pair go to trial over unpaid bills, with a judge today awarding the full injunction ispONE had pushed for.

ispONE brought legal action against Telstra this week after the telco threatened to cancel its prepaid mobile services to the wholesaler due to claimed unpaid bills worth $12 million.

Telstra and ispONE were locked in mediation for most of yesterday while a Victorian Federal Court judge decided whether to extend a limited injunction ensuring continuity of service from Telstra into a full one until the first hearing of the unpaid bills trial.

Get serious on IP, startups told

THE casual approach most technology start-ups take towards protecting intellectual property could be a significant turn-off to potential large investors, an expert says.

Gilbert + Tobin technology partner Ken Saurajen said often the enthusiasm to innovate meant a "too relaxed" approach was taken to recording and documenting the creation of valuable IP.

"I think the attitude is sometimes taken that that is something that can be fixed as a formality without a realisation that it can actually go directly to the bottom line," he said. "It can go to value of the company."

Mr Saurajen, who has acted for both start-ups and investors, said the "big dream" of many start-ups was to get noticed by large investors, either private equity or venture capital firms, or have an IPO (initial public offering) and float their business.

ASIO turns its spies onto high tech espionage

Australia's top spy has flagged a shift in focus for the national security agency ASIO, with more resources for high-tech espionage after a decade of concentrating on terrorism.

ASIO boss David Irvine said on Tuesday that cyber espionage by other countries was escalating threats amid rapid technological change - requiring new skills for intelligence officials and laws to help combat the threats.

''In order to deal with current threats to our security, ASIO is currently in the process of growing its counter-espionage and foreign interference capabilities after a decade of primary focus on terrorism,'' Mr Irvine told the Security in Government 2013 conference in Canberra.

For more information on the ACS Week In Review contact

Thomas Shanahan

0449 902 130