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ACS Week In Review: 6 June 2014

Friday, 06 Jun 2014

Federal budget just doesn’t get IT: more funding needed to prepare for the future

ACS President Brenda Aynsley OAM wrote the following column in The Australian on June 3. ACS Members can also read the full article on the President’s blog.

A FEDERAL budget is always an opportunity for the government to signal its key priorities for the year and to communicate its philosophy about how best to stimulate economic growth. 

While the government's fiscal policy is clear, particularly around addressing the growing debt issue, I question whether some of the policies articulated in the budget will be sufficient to ensure our future prosperity.

Why, for example, when all the evidence points to the need for Australia to boost its capacity for innovation and drive digital enablement, was so little emphasis placed on science and technology? Where is science in Australia, and what role does it play in our future?


Victorian Government launches ICT Workforce Development Plan

The Victorian Coalition Government has released its Victorian ICT Workforce Development Plan, a $3 million suite of actions aimed at ensuring Victoria has an information technology workforce driving innovation and economic growth into the future.

Speaking at the Victorian iAwards dinner, Minister for Technology Gordon Rich-Phillips highlighted the importance of the state’s information technology workforce and skills.

“Information and communication technology now plays a vital role in virtually all businesses and will continue to drive Victoria’s economic growth, innovation and productivity,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

You can view the full plan by following this link 


Aussie ethics under the microscope

The ethics of the Australian ICT industry have been analysed as part of a new piece of ACS research, and the findings may surprise you.

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) together with Charles Sturt University last year won funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC) for a project titled Investigating which strategies are most effective in overcoming the ethical problems facing information and communications technology professionals.

The project was undertaken by associate professor Yeslam Al-Saggaf, Dr Oliver Burmeister from the School of Computing and Mathematics at Charles Sturt Uni- versity (CSU) and Professor John Weckert from the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics.

ACS members can read the full text of this article in the upcoming edition of Information Age.