Australian tech news
Australia’s tech news headlines in December 2022 touched on items as diverse as the new Western Australia Innovation Strategy, a security agreement with Vanuatu, solar panel farms, the potential for Queensland’s batteries industry, and many more. Hit the links below to read each article, online and in full.
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- Australia: Uber launches Uber Carshare platform following acquisition of Car Next Door, aiming to help ‘operate Australia more efficiently with less cars’
- Australia: Dep’t of Home Affairs, ASIO and ASD now scrutinising use of Hikvision and Dahua surveillance cameras, citing similar security concerns raised in recent UK and US bans
- Australia: Ettle blockchain-driven fintech sets sights on introducing an Australian dollar stablecoin for business in 2023, using the digital Australian dollar token AUDE
- Australia: An overview of proposed Australia-wide drone deliveries, and the issues this raises
“The guidelines emphasise the economic and eco-promise of a drone-filled future. A projected A$14.5 billion added to Australia’s GDP and 10,000 jobs over the next 20 years is undeniably attractive. But does the evidence add up to this rosy vision?”
- Western Australia Innovation Strategy is now available to download, outlining the state’s 10-year plan to establish WA as a global hub of invention, investment, innovation and impact
- Australia: University of Queensland unveils 12 startups selected for 2023 Ventures ilab Accelerator, working in retail-tech, augmented reality, carbon capture and more
- Australia: Consumer watchdog to pay Google’s legal costs following court dismissal of claim that Google deceived or misled users about use of their data
- Australia: A look at Avarni, aggregating supply chain and spending data into a comprehensive dataset and using AI to help clients report and forecast their carbon footprint
- Australia and Vanuatu ink wide-angle security agreement, spanning defense, cybersecurity, humanitarian support and more, in the wake of Vanuatu hack
- Australia & TikTok: “…Chinese law stipulates that domestic organisations must ‘support, assist and co-operate with the state intelligence work’
TikTok: “The hugely popular app is known for its short viral videos and boasts 100 million users in the United States and seven million in Australia.”
- Australia: CSIRO ON Accelerate program unveils 10 deep-tech startups selected from Australia’s universities and researchers, working in biotech, IoT, nutrition and more
- Australia: SmartCompany’s pick of 10 startups to watch in 2023
- Australia’s 5B lands BP funding with rapid-deployment solar panel farms capable of covering the size of a soccer pitch in a single day
- Australia’s Heal Partners investment firm focused on health care, education and lifestyle sectors, closes first fund at $143M and launches $350-500M second fund
- India: Ola CEO blog calls for alternate supply chain to curb the country’s increasing dependence on China for lithium, proposing partnerships with Australia, Chile, Argentina and others
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