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Australian smart city development progresses

The ‘smart city’ movement in Australia is entering a more actionable phase, with local government and private bodies now actively engaged in pilot projects.

The nation’s largest smart city project, Switching on Darwin, has successfully been completed, while other locations such as Perth are now over six months into controversial facial recognition trials.

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National Digital ID: Australia’s $200 million push

The Australian government’s Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) has spent more than $200 million over the past five years developing a National Digital ID platform.

The quiet rollout of two government-owned digital identity platforms is a signal Australia could soon see a full launch of the concept, tech insiders suggest.

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The tech startup ‘threatening world privacy’

What if a stranger could snap your picture on the sidewalk, then use an app to quickly discover your name, address and other details?

Clearview AI, a startup founded by an Australian-born tech entrepreneur, is making that possible with a controversial app being used by hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the world.

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Supermarkets to be ‘checkout free’ by 2030

Australian supermarkets will become ‘checkout free’ within 10 years, according to a Coles executive.

New technologies, driven by automation and artificial intelligence, are beginning to transform the Australian shopping landscape and this shift is only predicted to increase by 2030.

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Vodafone and Nokia to deploy 5G network

A new partnership between Vodafone and Nokia will fast track Vodafone’s rollout of 5G throughout Australia over the next 12 months.

The two groups join national plans to deploy functional 5G technologies across the country in 2020 by the government and telecommunications companies.

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Smart meters to receive $2.7 million subsidy

The Australian government will provide $2.7 million to subsidise new advanced smart meters for households, businesses and schools in a trial to monitor energy use.

The $8 million project will be lead by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and will allow the provider access to household data in order to tap in and reduce personal off-peak consumption.

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Surveillance drones to monitor holiday period

Privacy experts have hit out at reports that Victorian Police plan to operate camera surveillance drones on public beaches over the upcoming holiday period.

This announcement follows concerns over increases in drone-related surveillance in public spaces across Australia, including at sporting events, CBD locations, beaches and more.

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Unis developing surveillance technology for China

An investigation has uncovered extensive collaborations between Australian universities and Chinese entities involved in Beijing’s increasing surveillance apparatus across the world.

The University of Technology Sydney, Curtin University and University of New South Wales have been named in an explosive report on the development of technologies used for human rights abuses in China.

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Digital licences introduced in New South Wales

A new digital driver’s licence is now legal for use across New South Wales following trials of the technology in parts of the region.

The move now makes NSW one of the few places in the world where citizens are able to choose to have a licence issued in digital format and have it displayed on their smartphones.

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Secret State: The Monitoring of Australia

Australia has ushered in a host of ‘pre‐crime’ surveillance measures over the last decade that permit the mass monitoring of society, while allowing for the restraint of individuals on the basis of ‘anticipated future harm’, rather than past or present wrongdoing.

A system in which the states bear primary responsibility for law and order, combined with the absence of a national bill or charter of rights, has led to an unprecedented network of spying mechanisms used by secretive intelligence networks in Australia.

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