Stories by Kathryn Edwards

Australian airports to deploy body scanning technology

The attempted terrorist attack aboard a US-bound Christmas Day flight has prompted the Federal Government to introduce body scanning technology at international airports, as part of a $200 million airport security boost.

IT and telco industry confidence skyrockets

The IT and telecommunications sectors have reported one of the most solid quarterly increases in employer confidence, according to the latest statistics from recruitment firm, Hudson.

Patent examination process trials Web 2.0

Australia’s patent examination process is set to be revamped following the announcement of a new trial which uses Web 2.0 technology to improve the quality of patents issued.

Porirua raises the bar with Nortel unified comms

Porirua City Council services 50,000 residents and 3000 businesses for simple tasks such as rate payments through to more complex emergency situations like burst water mains. In an effort to boost its organisational efficiency and customer service the council deployed a Nortel unified communications (UC) solution.

Employees await Facebook verdict in landmark case

The case of six prison officer from New South Wales who were threatened with the sack after making disparaging comments about their boss on Facebook, will have their case reinvestigated following a decision made by the Industrial Relations Commission (IRC).

Aussies call for release of web censorship trial results

Australian opposition spokesperson Nick Minchin has bought the government's proposed internet content filtering scheme back to the political forefront, criticising the government over its lack of transparency regarding the trials.
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy originally scheduled results of the internet filtering trial to be released earlier this year. Minchin says the results are overdue and has renewed calls for the Government to scrap its plans and return to the coalition's Netalert program.

Victoria Police use Twitter to report on road blitz

Last night, the Victoria Police force began a three-day blitz on dangerous driving, Operation Ardent, and for the first time used microblogging site Twitter to enforce the safe driving message among young drivers.

IT hiring spree in sight as contractors lead the way

While the last three months has seen flat IT employment levels, a rise in contractor hiring across Australia has contributed to very early signs of green shoots of recovery in the sector, according to IT recruitment firm Peoplebank.

Google outage won't threaten cloud adoption: CIOs

Late last week, Google suffered a highly-publicised and widespread outage that affected most of their products, and while this heightens caution around the use of cloud computing in the enterprise, Australian CIOs believe adoption won't be compromised.