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  • Best Practice for Cloud Security and Privacy

    Alan Bennett     |      August 2, 2011

    Alan Bennett, vice president, Enterprise Services Hewlett-Packard South Pacific delivered the following address at Global Access Partner’s Workshop on Cloud Computing in Sydney on Friday 24 June 2011.

  • Government and business policies for the cloud computing era

    Paul Strassmann     |      August 1, 2011

    Professor Paul. A Strassmann delivered the following keynote address at Global Access Partner’s Workshop on Cloud Computing in Sydney on Friday 24 June 2011.

  • Friendship can inspire peace

    Bronwyn Polson     |      July 29, 2011

    In April 2011, the United Nations declared July 30 to be the International Day of Friendship.  When I mentioned this to a friend, he scoffed: Why would the United Nations make a fuss over something as trivial as friendship?  To those who might share his incredulity, consider the potential of friendship to inspire peace. 

  • Far Right-Christian Jihad – Why we should be worried in Australia

    Open Forum     |      July 27, 2011

    There is a growing movement in Australia that equates fundamental Christianity with hatred of the Federal Labor government.

    We have heard of the shocking events in Norway as a Christian fundamentalist bombed a government center and perpetrated a shooting attack on a nearby island holiday camp that together left at least 70 people dead.

    The acts of this extremist, with admitted links to far-right/neo-Nazi cells, has by his actions copied Islamic extremists, in fact almost making common cause with them. 

    The big difference with this attack was that this terrorist did not just target random people, like on Sept 11 or in the Bali Bombing. He targeted members of the Norwegian Labour Party only – especially it’s youth wing and its central office. This is a sobering issue for political debate in Australia – these people where killed because of their moderate, mainstream political beliefs.

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    Meet Open Forum’s editor

    editor     |      July 27, 2011

    Helen HullWe would like to introduce our new editor, Helen Hull, who, with your support and assistance, will lead the direction of Open Forum. Helen brings more than 10 years journalism experience across the areas of finance, news, sport and property. She has written for publications as diverse as AdNews, Yahoo!7, Australian Biotechnology News and Australian Property Review. Joining GAP in March 2011 as editor of Open Forum’s sister publication, First 5000, Helen took on the chief editor’s role at Open Forum on July 1, 2011.

  • Sino-Australian relations under Rudd and Gillard: a quick glance over the shoulder and peek around the corner

    R.W.-Chinnery     |      July 27, 2011

  • Will the ‘genuine’ refugees please stand up?

    Sheenal Singh     |      July 26, 2011

  • Privacy law reform in Australia gets going again!

    Malcolm Crompton     |      July 23, 2011

    The process of reviewing and reforming the main law protecting privacy in Australia, the Privacy Act 1988, had all but stalled by 30 June this year.

  • Bad Language and National Cohesion

    Warren Reed     |      July 22, 2011

    Older native-born Australians frequently muse over how this country has changed, most thinking for the better and some for the worse. What is rarely in dispute is the centrality of our values, standards and core institutions. Yet something that is widely overlooked by Australians of all ages is the importance of language as a bonding agent that keeps a community together.

    For a language to fulfil its true role precision is essential – otherwise nuance, wit, praise and criticism can go undetected, with the national tongue reduced to gibberish that we spray each other with every day. The more diverse our community, the more significant accuracy becomes.

  • The grown-ups’ guide to posting photos online

    Craig Valli     |      July 21, 2011

    It’s easy to dismiss the call to ‘stop and think’ before posting any photos online as advice that only applies to reckless teenagers who want to post photos they think make them look cool…but actually make them look stupid.  But the issue is more complex than that.

    Many mature and sensible people who sincerely believe they are being careful simply don’t understand the risks they are taking when they post photos of themselves, friends or family online. The general assumption seems to be, “if this is an innocuous image and I’m only sharing it on a ‘private’ network, then there should be no problem”. Not necessarily.

  • Netiquette

    Paul Ducklin     |      July 19, 2011

  • Security + privacy = successful business

    Malcolm Crompton     |      July 19, 2011

    How you manage your online security and information is an important part of running a business. As a former Australian Privacy Commissioner I believe that while Cyber Security and privacy are different, they depend on each other.

    Security is about ensuring that you and your company have control of the information in the business and that it is neither being stolen by someone nor are you losing it. Having established control, privacy is what you do with the staff and customer information you have in the organisation.