European Cloud Computing Platform announced

1 March 2012:  A consortium of leading IT providers and three of Europe’s biggest research centres (CERN, EMBL and ESA) have announced a partnership to launch a European cloud computing platform.  “Helix Nebula – the Science Cloud”, will support the massive IT requirements of European scientists, and become available to governmental organisations and industry after an initial […] Read more »



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Twitter licenses two research companies to sell user data

1 March 2012:  Two research companies are set to release Twitter user information to clients who will pay for the opportunity to mine the data.  Boulder, Colorado-based Gnip Inc and DataSift Inc, based in the U.K. and San Francisco, are licensed by Twitter to analyse archived tweets and basic information about users, like geographic location. […] Read more »

ISACA issues “six principles for effective cloud computing”

28th February 2012:  The not-for-profit IT security associations ISACA has revealed its six principles for effective cloud computing – a guidance for new businesses planning to move from on-premise to utility-based computing.  “Only through proper governance and management can cloud computing achieve its potential for organisations,” reads ISACA’s latest publication on the topic, Guiding Principles […] Read more »

UK government opens CloudStore procurement system

26 February 2012:  Small technology suppliers are among 258 firms included in the UK government’s new CloudStore, a system designed to make the process of selecting software services simpler and, crucially cheaper for public sector procurement officers.  The online catalogue of services represents the first wave of the UK’s £60m ‘G-Cloud’ framework, and allows public […] Read more »

WorkCover outsources datacentre work

22 February 2012:  WorkCover Queensland has made the decision to stop managing its own core IT infrastructure, and has instead moved it to two externally provided datacentres that it believes will help cater for the organisation’s future growth.  The organisation realised that running its own datacentre services in-house was no longer part of its core […] Read more »

Cloud Computing Better Practice Guides now finished

15 February 2012:  The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) has completed their Cloud Computing Better Practice Guides for Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 (FMA Act) agencies on the key financial, legal and privacy concerns agencies may face when considering cloud-based services.  The guides have been developed to reflect Australian Government FMA Act agencies’ responsibilities […] Read more »

Google readying cloud-based storage service

10 February 2012:  Google is getting ready to take on Dropbox with its own cloud-based storage service.  The service — called Drive — is in response to the growing use of mobile devices to access personal files stored on the internet, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Drive will allow users to upload photos, […] Read more »

UTS Dean of Law appointed head of ALRC review into copyright in the digital environment

8 February 2012: Attorney-General Nicola Roxon has announced the appointment of Professor Jill McKeough (Dean of Law at the University of Technology, Sydney) to lead an ALRC review into copyright in the digital environment.  The review will focus particularly on the suitability of current exceptions in copyright legislation. Full story here. Read more »

Should cloud storage firms be sweating over Megaupload?

3 February 2012:  The detention of members of Megaupload over the US government indictment of the site raises significant questions for cloud storage service providers everywhere.  Should businesses like Dropbox, MediaFire, YouSendIt and Box.net, not to mention Amazon, Microsoft and Google, be sweating a little bit? Full story here. Read more »

LawLoop Launches Cloud Solution for Lawyers

30 January 2012:  LawLoop.com, a cloud computing solution for lawyers, today announced its official company launch at LegalTech 2012 in New York. LawLoop.com provides a cloud-based solution that for way law firms of all sizes to operate, collaborate and communicate.  LawLoop.com was founded by attorneys Tom Zuber, Olivier Taillieu, Jeff Zuber and Josh Lawler, who […] Read more »

Motorola sues Apple over iPhone, iCloud

26 January 2012 :  A new Motorola lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, claims Apple is infringing on six of the company’s patents with two of its latest product offerings: the iPhone 4S and iCloud.  In the suit — Motorola’s second against Apple in this particular court — […] Read more »

Warrantless demands from US law enforcement an obstacle to Australian cloud users

26 January 2012: Australian organisations destined for the cloud now have the dilemma of dealing with warrantless demands from US law enforcement as part of their due diligence, a partner at a top international law firm said.  Connie Carnabuci, a Hong Kong-based partner at global  law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, said recent cases such as […] Read more »

Microsoft addresses privacy concerns on both sides of the Atlantic

20 December 2012 – Microsoft addresses privacy concerns on both sides of the Atlantic Microsoft has moved to make its Office 365 cloud-based service more attractive to US and European customers concerned with legal issues around data sovereignty.  The company has added support for the European Commission’s “Model Clauses”, which regulate how personal data is […] Read more »

ACMA considers privacy of material sourced from Facebook

19 December 2011:  The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has been asked to consider the privacy of material sourced from Facebook.  The ACMA investigated whether the broadcast of material sourced from Facebook breaches the privacy provisions in the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010 (the code) in regards to a Seven Local News […] Read more »