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ACS Week In Review: 15 November 2013

Friday, 15 Nov 2013


The Australian Institute of Computer Ethics has made a call for papers ahead of their 7th conference, being held in Melbourne.

The overall theme of AiCE 2013 will be to explore new emerging themes and relationships between ethics / governance and new emerging technologies.

Example areas of interest for papers:

· Cloud Computing - the privacy and ethical issues relating to the use of cloud computing and associated applications;

· Social Media – what impact has social media and related systems had upon society;

· Drone Technology – the impact of semi autonomous and autonomous drone technology upon warfare and law enforcement;

· Governance issues of the Internet – should the Internet be controlled and if so how could this happen;

· Developing systems now and into the future - how to ensure social value issues are properly addressed;

· Ethics of wearable technology – what will be the impact of new wearable technologies, e.g. how will Google Glass impact society.

Submissions on other relevant topics are also welcome. Papers will be submitted in the form of a discussion paper. The aim of the 7th AiCE conference will be to explore the impact of new emerging technologies and help to generate new research ideas. Submissions should be delivered in MS Word format and should be between 500 & 1000 words.

The discussion papers will be reviewed for relevance to the conference.

Important dates:

· Discussion papers due: 28th November, 2013.

· Notification of reviewing outcome: 29th November, 2013.

· Final formatted discussion papers due: 31st November, 2013.

Discussion papers should be submitted to:

NBN Co appoints telco veterans to board

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has appointed three telecommunications veterans to the board of the company charged with building Australia's national broadband network, one of whom owns a significant number of Telstra shares and another who previously left the company on unceremonious terms.

The three new non-executive directors appointed to NBN Co's board are Patrick Flannigan, Simon Hackett and Justin Milne. They join board members Dr Ziggy Switkowski, Alison Lansley and Dr Kerry Schott.

As reported by Fairfax Media in recent weeks, Mr Milne still owns $1.5 million worth of shares in Telstra and was believed to have been appointed as an NBN Co consultant prior to Tuesday's appointment.

Woolworths wants more cloud, less data centres

Woolworths predicts it will close its Sydney data centre within five years as its appetite for the cloud reduces its inventory of hardware assets.

The retail giant plans to move more of its systems onto cloud and hosted arrangements in the coming years following a successful switchover to Google Apps earlier this year, which saw 26,000 staff across the country, migrate off Microsoft's productivity suite. 

Interim chief information officer Damon Rees — acting in the role since his former boss Dan Beecham’s recent departure — told the Finance and Investment forum in Sydney yesterday that Woolworths knew technology was going to become fundamentally more important to its business more than five years ago but had failed to accurately forecast the shape it would take.

Business ‘doesn’t care’ about IT security: expert

Business "doesn't care" about IT security and won't do anything about it "unless you put a gun to their head", according to a leading British IT security expert.

David Lacey, who has more than 25 years experience in directing security policy and programs for enterprises such as Shell, Royal Mail and the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office said it would take a large IT security incident before businesses cared more.

"Unfortunately business doesn’t care about security," the security veteran and author told the CSO Perspectives Roadshow in Sydney on Tuesday.

"They just aren’t interested. Nobody in business will do any security unless you put a gun to their head. That’s why we have compliance."

Even then he said compliance standards were often outdated, resulting in companies who adhered to them receiving no "real" security at all.