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ACS Week in Review: 8 August, 2014

Friday, 08 Aug 2014

YITCON14 – Youth Festival of ICT registrations now open

YITCON 14, the Youth Festival of ICT, will be held on 9 and 10 October 2014 at The Forum in Melbourne, VIC. This national event brings together more than 1,000 secondary students, university students and young professionals interested in ICT careers.

Careers in ICT are dynamic and wide-ranging. Are you ready for the digital future? YITCON will help you make informed decisions. You will learn about leading edge technological change from world-class presenters and industry experts including:

  • Josh Guest: b2cloud and Smart Company’s Top 10 Australian Entrepreneur to Watch
  • Jodie Fox: Shoes of Prey Co-founder and Smart Company’s Hot 30 Under 30
  • Michael Woods: Media Saints Co-founder and Australia’s 30 Under 30
  • Gabe Zichermann: Founder of Gamification.co and EQ Magazine
  • Hosted by Hex & Bajo from ABC’s Good Game!

The conference motto is “Change Minds, Change Futures, Change Worlds."


Australia 3.0 to be held in Melbourne August 28 & 29

The Australia 3.0 summit will be held in Melbourne alongside the 20th annual iAwards. In addition to attendance, interested parties are able to attend virtually through Yammer.

Australia 3.0 will focus on four key sectors for Australia – Government Services, Health, Infrastructure and Mining. It is about creating an innovative environment to assist these Australian industries adapt to an ever-changing marketplace.

This year Australia 3.0 is NOT a talk-fest, it’s a do-fest! It is an opportunity for you to share your own ideas and opinions with representatives from Australia’s most successful ICT companies, industry bodies and government agencies.

It is a national forum for the problem solvers within your team. At Australia 3.0, they will develop a better appreciation of the issues currently affecting these sectors and they will work together developing practical solutions to solve these challenges.


AFP ASIO asked to clarify metadata mess

Two executives from Australia’s Federal Police and intelligence services were wheeled in front of the press today to clarify the specific data they want ISPs to store under the Government’s proposed data retention scheme.

David Irvine, director general of ASIO, and Andrew Colvin, deputy commissioner for national security at the AFP, fronted the media after the government bungled its attempt to explain the technical details behind its proposed legislation to force internet service providers to store non-content data for two years to aid law enforcement.

The plan has been met with strong criticism after both Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Attorney-General George Brandis separately said an individual’s website browsing history would be included under the proposal. Neither were able to offer a clear definition of the data to be retained under the scheme.