Home-grown global software giant Atlassian has published a set of ‘Eight Principles’ that can help guide the development of sound tech policy as part of a renewed push to engage with government on policy formulation. In this episode of the Commercial Disco we talk to Atlassian’s newly-appointed Director of Global Public Policy about the principles, as well as some of the policy challenges facing the Australian tech sector.

2020 was a landmark year across every measure. Starting with bushfires across Australia, followed by a global pandemic which brought digital transformation off our lips and firmly on everyone’s agendas, the year saw transformative changes alongside devastating losses. The government made significant announcements in the fields of cyber security, hinting at state actors disrupting governments, businesses and the stability of our economy, and announced a raft of new measures to stimulate our “return beyond recession.” Business has reeled, then addressed the disruption with changing the ways we work. The future remains unclear, but in this final episode in the Age of Trust series by Verizon, Verizon President of Global Enterprise, Sowmyanarayan Sampath and Regional Vice President, Asia Pacific at Verizon Business Group Robert Le Busque talk to InnovationAus publisher Corrie McLeod candidly about the year that was, and how we can remain positive and future forward for the next 10 and even 20 years. 



Lyria-Bennett Moses is the Director at the Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation, a research collaboration between the Allens law firm and the University of New South Wales, where she is a Professor. The intersection of the law and new technologies is always fertile ground for incredibly interesting discussion. In this episode of the Commercial Disco, Professor Moses digs deep into the myriad issues related to Predictive Policing, whereby law enforcement uses tools of growing sophistication to predict – in a probabilistic sense – where crime make take place in the future. There are a lot of issues.

5G's new standards for enterprise will open the floodgates to a host of previously infeasible applications, allowing for industrial-scale IoT networks for buildings, factories, warehouses, ports, and many other use cases. In the future, we will see companies invest in private 5G installations, which may be single-site or spread across multiple locations. In this episode of the Age of Trust series by Verizon, InnovationAus publisher Corrie McLeod talks to CTO of Nokia Oceania Rob Joyce, CEO of Communications Alliance, John Stanton and Verizon’s SVP Enterprise Solutions /5G, Toby Eduardo Redshaw on the considerations for Australian companies. Will this be public versus cloud wars all over again? How can businesses expect to roll out private 5G networks? What are the pros and cons? And where will private 5G deployments make the most sense?

The views and opinions expressed by guest speakers do not necessarily reflect the view or position of Verizon.


CyberArk and InnovationAus have partnered to present the Bridging the Cyber Divide: CyberSecurity - The Digital Backbone podcast series. This series will examine how cybersecurity underpins our growing digital economy. In episode one, “Securing a Digital Economy”, InnovationAus editorial director James Riley talks with the director of cyber security for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Robert Deakin and CyberArk Regional Director ANZ Thomas Fikentscher, on how Australian governments are accelerating plans to expand the way to develop our digital economies and how hyper-connectivity, mobile technology and the internet of things impacts our understanding of data, identity and cybersecurity.

Australia’s mining industry is among the most competitive and most efficient in the world. It is an area in which Australia has built competitive advantage. So how do leverage the genuine scale and expertise of supply chains in the resources sector to build a globally-focused Australian technology sector. Panellists include: Larry Marshall Chief Executive at CSIRO Adrian Beer, CEO of METS Ignited Australia Sally-Ann Williams, CEO of Cicada Innovations Sharna Glover, Non-Executive Director of Robotics Australia and moderated by InnovationAus Editorial Director, James Riley.

Australian Human Rights Commissioner talks to the Commercial Disco about his deep-dive investigation of issues at the nexus of human rights and technology. “It will be to our competitive advantage if we can show to consumers overseas, that a piece of AI or new technology developed here has human rights protections baked in,” he says.

The workings of big business and government have come under intense scrutiny in recent times. The Banking Royal Commission revealed multiple instances of malfeasance. The enquiry into Victoria’s hotel quarantine debacle failed to identify who authorised the use of private security firms, despite revealing details of many emails, phone conversations and text messages.

Investigations like these rely on trawling vast repositories of information in search of evidence. Technology is increasingly able to streamline searches for information and even discover important details and events that were never put on record. Public Access Deputy Commissioner in the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (OVIC) Joanne Kummrow talks with InnovationAus editorial director James Riley and Mimecast country manager for Australia, Nick Lennon on AI and the information discovery challenge.

Australia boasts one of the most competitive and efficient mining sectors in the world. It is a sector where Australia significant competitive advantage. But it is a sector that is also undergoing tremendous disruptive change through the impact of new technologies from artificial intelligence, robotics, remote sensoring and all forms of industrial automation. This is a challenge and opportunity for Australia. If we can reconfigure our supply chains in the Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector and build a strong domestic capability, we can make our mines more efficient as well as export these products and services to the world. Capability developed in our huge mining sector can be leveraged into adjacent industries ranging from agriculture and food production to defence and space.

What is behind the acquisition of Yahoo7 and Verizon media? As the world’s entertainment and businesses have shifted online, what can we expect from our entertainment and information services of the future and what are the technologies driving these services?

In Episode 6 of the Age of Trust series “The Future of Media, 5G and IoT” InnovationAus publisher Corrie McLeod talks to Verizon APAC lead Robert Le Busque and Verizon Managing Director of ANZ Paul Sigaloff on the technology that underpins the future of media. They also talk about the “Age of Human”, the personalisation and delivery of content and services through 5G, bringing together ecommerce, social interaction, AR and VR among other cutting-edge technologies and the potential for computerised cars, console-free games that span the entire world and 3D imaging in healthcare applications.

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