• Security

    All planned out


    Andrew Carr |  March 19, 2019


    The Defence Department faces the choice of either sticking with the certainty of insufficient funding or undertaking the whole planning process once again and hoping the next ‘certain’ figure will be more meaningful.


  • Health

    Protecting the world from pandemics


    Anders Furze |  March 19, 2019


    Creating mathematical and computational models of infectious diseases such as pandemic flu gives governments and health policy-makers a toolkit to predict and respond to the threats posed by potential pandemics.


  • Energy and Environment

    Why Bitcoin can never be green


    Open Forum |  March 19, 2019


    While the initial frenzy has faded, Bitcoin mining still consumes as much as energy as the whole of Denmark around the world and even constant renewable sources such as hydropower cannot balance its environmental impact.


Latest Story

  • The Maximalist Republic: Minimalism no longer a viable option

    Klaas Woldring     |      September 1, 2009

    The Australian Republican Movement (ARM) initiated the debate, but that Movement as well as the ALP and some Coalition politicians deliberately considered only the replacement of the Queen by an Australian President as Head of State. The entire 1990s debate concentrated on that change rather than on the much more important issue “What Kind of Republic?” and the process by which that could be achieved.

  • CRCSI-2 Announced

    Peter Woodgate     |      August 31, 2009

    Over the past year the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI) has developed a strategy for the further development of the Australian spatial information industry called ‘Spatially Enabling Australia’. It has done this in collaboration with about 100 organisations in the public, private and research sectors, principally in Australia and New Zealand, but also with input from organisations in Europe, Canada and Asia. The strategy looks out over the better part of the next decade.

  • Breadlines of the Mind for Australia’s Ageing

    phil_o_seffy     |      August 28, 2009

    I spend most of my days sifting through Aged Care correspondence, and in all that time I come across stories that are both uplifting and some that are incredibly sad.

  • Spatial Data is Ancient History

    Zacha     |      August 27, 2009

    It’s a jar full of business cards on the restaurant counter. The question a museum asks you about your postcode. A registration form that’s the hiccough before you can read news on a website. A camera recording the longitude and latitude in the file data as it takes a photo.

    Augmented reality” is an up-and-coming way of viewing location-based information. But most people have been dealing with it non-digitally for a long time. Most people know where the list of postcodes lies – up the back of the White Pages. Most people can read a schematic map well enough to change train lines. Most people are on the voting roll.

  • Bees & Trees Must Get Together

    Steve Lawrence     |      August 27, 2009

    For a number of years now Geoff Mulgan has been talking about bees & trees. 

  • Where There’s Hope There’s Flourishing Young People

    Clive Leach     |      August 26, 2009

    Evidence based coaching programmes, underpinned by the principles of positive psychology, should be embraced by policy makers to support youth services.

    Just last week, Kate Ellis, Minister for youth, hinted at some early findings of the upcoming “The State of Australia’s Young People Report” indicating that up to 1 in 4 young people suffer from problems relating to mental health.

    In the UK earlier this year the Prince’s Trust published a report also highlighting that one in four young people are unhappy; one in ten feel that life is not worth living and that life has no purpose. These shocking figures are significantly worse for ‘hard to reach’ young people not in education, employment or training.

  • Geomagnetics not Carbon Cause of Climate Change

    Peter Ravenscroft     |      August 26, 2009

    There is no scientific evidence whatever, from the real world, that atmospheric carbon dioxide, whether produced by humans or by anything else, is what is warming the planet.

    All the satellite maps tracking temperature, carbon dioxide, geomagnetics, gravity, winds and ocean currents, show that the warming of the last four decades, which is very real, is not happening anywhere near where carbon dioxide is being emitted. It is however, happening directly over where the geomagnetic field, down at the boundary between the earth’s core and its mantle, that is, some 2,800 kms below the surface, is changing most, which is also where the earth’s gravity field is changing most.

  • Value Added Spatial Applications

    Brad Spencer     |      August 25, 2009




    It’s clear that the major supplier of spatial data in Australia is the public sector; produced and collected from departments and agencies across all levels of government. But is government best placed to provide the applications that deliver the value add to the broader community?

    Google don’t capture the spatial data they use in both GoogleMaps and GoogleEarth, but they do deliver a huge value add to the Government generated spatial data that makes up their base maps.

  • Using knowledge management principles to fix the global financial system

    patrickcallioni     |      August 25, 2009

    Complex systems, such as the global financial system, are inevitably going to undergo crises. While crises are unavoidable, we can take steps to lessen their frequency and negative impacts. To do so, we need to develop tools to make the financial system more resilient and capable of self-healing. Knowledge management principles and practices can help to develop those tools and to use them wisely. 

  • Foundation for Public Interest Journalism Launches

    Melissa Sweet     |      August 25, 2009
    Some time ago, a Crikey correspondent made an observation along the lines that the problem with the Australian media is that there is not enough real news in this country.
     
    I laughed when I first read this, hearing a ring of truth. So much of the news that dominates the headlines will ultimately be judged to have been of little real importance.
     
    But the more I’ve thought about it, the more I’ve come to disagree with that witty one-liner.
    It all depends how you define “real news”. If wars, conflicts and other disasters are the only news that really counts, then who can argue? Australia is relatively blessed on these fronts.
     
    But it’s a terribly narrow definition of what matters.

  • Hotels, Identity Thieves and Terrorism

    StephenWilson     |      August 21, 2009

    The reservations databases of global hotel chains are a complete cornucopia for criminals.

    Radisson Hotels has reported a database breach which has exposed the credit card numbers of guests said to be "limited to an isolated number of hotels in the U.S. and Canada".

  • Entrepreneurship Education: Unlocking Potential

    Karen Wilson     |      August 21, 2009

    Interest in entrepreneurship education has grown dramatically around the world in the past 5-10 years. Schools, universities and other training organizations have increasingly been integrating entrepreneurship into their programmes. In addition, national governments and international organizations such as UN, OECD, the European Commission and others have begun to put a greater focus on entrepreneurship education.