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Tag Archives: 2020

Suburbs included in Telstra’s 5G hotspot launch

Australia has taken the first step towards a national 5G digital transition, with Telstra’s new mobile network launching across the country to “improve speed and connectivity” like never before.

Announced at Telstra’s flagship store, the long anticipated 5G network was launched through two new products that have since gone live in selective suburbs.

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5G rollout set for 2020 in Australia

Australia is gearing up for the imminent arrival of 5G technology, with telecommunications companies beginning to trial and introduce new systems ahead of a planned 2020 rollout.

Developed as part of an international digital transformation, 5G represents a significant leap from the capabilities of previous generations of wireless communications, introducing a range of technological possibilities that have many experts warning of potential health risks.

In the following, we explore the pending arrival of 5G technologies in Australia.

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China’s ‘Social Credit System’ will soon reach Australia

China has been developing what some are describing as a chilling digital dictatorship, with a new national system that monitors all citizens on a 24/7 basis and ranks them on their behaviour set to be fully operational by 2020.

Underpinning the new system is the latest advancements in facial recognition and biometric technology, a national model that some argue mirrors new programs currently being introduced in Australia under the guise of ‘safety and security’.

Could Australia be incrementally setting up a blueprint for a similar system here in the future?

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Australia: The Biometric Dystopia Cometh

The world is changing at an unprecedented rate. Advancements in technological capabilities and systems have developed to a point where most of the modern world has become highly dependent on digital governing systems for sustainability and functions.

In the following membership piece, we take a look at the rise of a new age technological dystopia, including the history and development of biometrics and biometric technology, monitoring characteristics, the modern digital era in Australia and the rise of China’s ‘Social Credit System’.

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Australian airports begin facial recognition rollout

Perth Airport has become Australia’s second international airport to begin installing new facial recognition smart gates, following an initial pilot trial introduced at Canberra Airport last year.

The Australian government has stated their intended goal is to automate 90% of air traveler processing by 2020, and is on track to replace passports with biometric capabilities after signing new contracts with technology vendors for a national rollout.

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