Armed with new funding and support, Australia’s privacy watchdog has signalled a shift in its approach to regulation in order to keep up with “increasingly complex” information handling practices, changing consumer expectations, and new data portability and security schemes. Sign up for Which-50’s Irregular Insights newsletter The Office of the

VMware is buying cybersecurity company Carbon Black and digital transformation company Pivotal in two deals worth US$2.1 billion and US$2.7 billion respectively. Carbon Black is a next-generation security cloud provider with more than 5,600 customers and 500 partners globally.  Sign up for Which-50’s Irregular Insights newsletter The company’s cloud-native security

Cata analytics company Splunk is buying SignalFx, a SaaS leader in real-time monitoring and metrics for cloud infrastructure, microservices and applications. According to the company, Splunk is already a leader in ITOM and an AIOps pioneer and, upon close, will be a leader in observability and APM for organisations at

A blockchain project has been developed in a bid to bring more transparency to the NSW Government’s controversial Biodiversity Offset Scheme. “Biotokens” traded in a new digital marketplace, would be used as the biodiversity credits farmers and developers pay to clear land in NSW. Sign up for Which-50’s Irregular Insights

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This year’s Westpac Innovation challenge is asking start-ups, scale-ups and entrepreneurs to come up with data solutions for business problems in the micro business, energy, insurance, aged care or government sectors. Sign up for Which-50’s Irregular Insights newsletter Now in its sixth year, the program has turned its focus to

Local governments currently undergoing digital transformation must overcome a shortage of adequately skilled resources to successfully implement their programs, according to a new KPMG report. The Customer and technology transformation in Local Government Report compiled responses from 228 attendees at the public sector network’s local government transformation series in Australia

Sexual abuse of children has been aided and encouraged by the rise of digital networks and platforms. In recent years the problem has been getting worse, according to Kristin Boorse, Director of Product Management at Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children, an anti-trafficking NGO. Boorse argues a coordinated effort is required

Seven months into her role as CIO of SaaS company Zendesk, Colleen Berube has finished an audit of the 250 different technologies used to run the business — 85 per cent of those are managed outside of IT. Speaking to Which-50 between sessions at the company’s Showcase event in Melbourne

Artificial intelligence is allowing drones to spot and assist swimmers in distress. Ripper Group, an Australian drone services company, today announced it is adding world first autonomous capabilities to the drones used by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter program. Sign up for Which-50’s Irregular Insights newsletter “Little Ripper” drones are already

Westpac has partnered with Coupa, a leader in Business Spend Management (BSM), to help businesses more efficiently manage their spending within a comprehensive cloud platform. The partnership enables customers to reduce risk, improve compliance, automate manual and inefficient tasks, and ultimately, deliver cost savings to the business, the bank said.