The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-03-22T22:59:02Z Advances in Digital Agriculture to Take Centre Stage at International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney 2017-03-22T22:59:02Z advances-in-digital-agriculture-to-take-centre-stage-at-international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17-in-sydney Sydney, Australia – 23 March 2017 – Advances in spatial technology that enable digital agriculture, including a next-generation national positioning system and real-time monitoring of soil moisture levels from space, will take centre stage at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney in April. A new national positioning system accurate to between 2cm and 10cm – as opposed to 5 metres with today’s satellite-based GPS – will boost Australia’s economy by $73 billion or more over the next 20 years, much of it in agriculture, says Dr Peter Woodgate, CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI). “To adopt techniques like precision agriculture and controlled traffic farming, farmers need to be able to position equipment and sensors with about 5cm accuracy. The conference will showcase space-based augmentation systems – including Australia and New Zealand’s joint initiative – which, subject to testing, are well on the way to achieving that,” said Woodgate. “Leveraging other regional efforts, such as a Japanese satellite-based system recently trialled in Queensland, it will even be possible to remotely control unmanned autonomous vehicles like driverless tractors from space.” Australia’s investments in positioning systems will not only pay off in higher agricultural exports but will create export business opportunities and new jobs in digital agriculture to aid the transition from sectors of the economy impacted by digital disruption. Woodgate and fellow Working Group Co-Chair, Glenn Cockerton, Managing Director of Spatial Vision, will make the first public presentation of the 2026 Spatial Industry Transformation and Growth Agenda at Digital Earth & Locate17, outlining 30 transformative initiatives for Australia. In another highlight of the event, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will hold a special session to promote capacity building and use of data from its Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Observatory. SMAP products, which provide frequent global measurements of soil moisture from space at high spatial resolution, are freely available (http://nsidc.org/data/smap), with one of the first validation experiments carried out in Yanco, NSW. According to Phil Tickle, Program and Business Development Manager (Ag, NRM & Climate Change) at CRCSI, NASA’s SMAP data will complement data from a range of sensors used in digital agriculture, including soil moisture probes, weather stations, and animal tracking devices. Tickle is presenting the benefits of an online farm monitoring solution for the grazing industry at Digital Earth & Locate17. Called the NRM Spatial Hub, this provides access to 30 years of 30 metre resolution satellite data and tools for mapping, assessing and monitoring property infrastructure, land resources and ground cover. It is currently being commercialised by the CRCSI in conjunction with Meat & Livestock Australia. Tickle said the conference was an opportunity for farmers and land managers to learn about the spatial technologies transforming their industry, as well as to discuss potential issues, such as the ownership of agricultural big data. “We are seeing enormous development in digital agriculture capabilities and often farmers don’t have control of their own data,” said Tickle. “When you have sensors on farms feeding into data warehouses and generating broader benefits, why shouldn’t the farmer get a cut? And what does a farmer do if they want to change providers and their data is locked up in a proprietary system?” With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, Digital Earth & Locate17 provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data. The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy. The joint conference will be held 03-06 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. The Digital Earth & Locate17 Conference’s Market Day on Tuesday 4th April opens the exhibition to everyone and is an opportunity for private, government and start-up organisations to come together and explore collaborative and business opportunities. About the International Symposium on Digital Earth The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth. ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards. About Locate17 The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA). Search is on for a global CEO 2017-03-15T05:14:30Z search-is-on-for-a-global-ceo-1 Media Release Melbourne, 15th March 2017 - For immediate release   Search is on for a global CEO Token remuneration, dysfunctional industry   The search is on for a global CEO to head up Aidhub International, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to transforming the way the three trillion aid and development industry conducts business.   The remuneration being offered is $1 per annum.   Aidhub is the brainchild of Australian businessman, Alan Morgan. Formerly a mergers and acquisitions advisor, Mr. Morgan retired to Indonesia in 2010 at the age of 44 to focus on philanthropic work. He first established Mentor Foundation which has since worked with over 1,000 people to help them prosper on limited resources and in 2014 he began working on the development of Aidhub, a global technology platform to support all aid and not-for-profit organisations achieve their goals.   Aidhub’s free technology will deliver increased transparency, better and standardised outcomes measurements and more effective knowledge transfer. It will enable every not-for-profit organisation globally to more easily and effectively plan, implement, manage, monitor, analyse and report on the outcomes and impacts of their initiatives. When launched, Aidhub will be available to the global not-for-profit industry at no cost.    “We’re seeking a world class leader who is willing to transition from a commercially driven career to a greater good mission,” said Mr. Morgan.  “In many ways the not-for-profit industry is a brutal and dysfunctional one. Aidhub is a world-first and it stands to change the way not-for-profits operate worldwide. The CEO will need enormous vision to work with us in driving this project to the next stage.”   Interested parties can make a confidential inquiry at seekingshackleton@aidhub.org.   See more about Aidhub at www.aidhub.org.   Media only: Alan Morgan is available for interview.  To arrange an interview or for further information, please contact Margot Gorski at PR Matters on +61 3 9533 6783 or +61 412 393 394, or at margot@prmatters.com.au   Spatial Startup Companies to Share the Latest Innovations at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 2017-03-14T00:00:19Z spatial-startup-companies-to-share-the-latest-innovations-at-the-international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17 Sydney, Australia – 14 March 2017 – Virtual reality, drones and multi-Global Navigation Satellite Systems are among the innovations to be showcased in the Startup Hub at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17, taking place from 3-6 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. The Startup Hub is designed to bring innovators and providers of the latest spatial technologies to the attention of scientists, surveyors, businesses and government. It will be located in the exhibition hall throughout the conference, including the free Market Day on Tuesday 4th April. All exhibition visitors are invited to try out the new technologies and the new opportunities they provide. Virtual reality to reimagine the world Forum8 is demonstrating its custom 3D visualisation and virtual reality (VR) software. Complete with an Oculus VR headset, the demonstration will showcase the future of 3D experiences. Forum8’s VR-Design Studio is specifically focused on 3D VR/visualisation of urban spaces, roads and traffic, and rail. It provides a full environment for visualising a concept, including Australian terrain (DEM) and road design-type tools, vehicles and traffic settings. It is also possible to import data from a range of sources, including point cloud, road design tools and traffic simulations. The software is also used with driving simulators in engineering studies and human factors research. Rapid-fire spatial data capture Spatial Technologies Pty Ltd will showcase ground breaking technologies that are the results of research and development completed in 2016. This includes new and existing technologies like 3D laser scanning, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) point clouds and light sensors. A number of projects utilising a combination of these will be showcased, including rapid tree inspections, street light management and asset management. Multi-satellite solutions SURVEY SOLUTIONS will use the Startup Hub for its Australian launch following successful sales of its SOUTH GNSS multi-Global Navigation Satellite Systems receiver in New Zealand. The receiver uses the latest GNSS boards to receive the full constellation of satellites available, weighs less than 1kg and is affordably priced compared with competing products. Giving meaning to spatial data Professional spatial problem solvers, Anditi, will also be on hand to show how spatial analytics can solve everything from energy sources to safety. The company is showcasing its next generation platform for high-precision spatial analytics and its application in a range of industries such as solar, property, roads and infrastructure, mining, and environment. It has been designed and built in Australia to revolutionise the management, processing and visualisation of spatial big data such as high-resolution LiDAR. Anditi will also be highlighting use cases across natural and built environments where its application is benefiting clients with lower costs and higher quality outcomes. The Startup Hub will be held in the exhibition halls of the Digital Earth & Locate17 Conference from 3-6 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, the event provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data. The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy. About the International Symposium on Digital Earth The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth. ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards. About Locate17 The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA). International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 to Boost Collaboration in Intelligent Transport and Smart Cities 2017-03-07T01:29:34Z international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17-to-boost-collaboration-in-intelligent-transport-and-smart-cities Sydney, Australia – 7 March 2017 – With driverless vehicles and drones poised for mass adoption, the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney in April provides a forum for government, industry and start-ups to collaborate and become players in the emerging global Smart Cities industry. “Mobility as a Service is transforming our cities and the spatial industry and technology start-ups are key parts of that,” says Susan Harris, CEO of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Australia. Harris – the keynote speaker for the Digital Earth & Locate17 conference’s Intelligent Transport stream – will outline the latest global developments and the pathways for Australia to leverage connected and automated vehicles, big data and positioning technologies. “We need to be ready in Australia. We are well placed to be part of the global Smart Cities technology industry, creating business opportunities and ensuring that our cities remain as liveable as they can be,” says Harris. “But technology is moving very quickly and early collaboration is vital.” The capture and exchange of rich 2D and 3D spatial information will increasingly underpin transport networks and cities. Driverless vehicles, for example, will constantly survey road conditions – sharing information about potholes, ice and other hazards – so other driverless vehicles, and human drivers, can avoid them. Even minor road damage like cracks will be captured and shared so authorities can schedule repairs and prevent further deterioration. Drones will also play an increasing role in the capture of 3D data, and later as a new layer of autonomous transport. “How does that spatial information get captured, managed and shared back out in ways that are reliable, safe, and commercially viable?” says Harris. “Australia is strong in both positioning technologies and big data, but we need to develop further skills and industry collaboration, including information sharing arrangements.” With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, Digital Earth & Locate17 provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data. The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy. The joint conference will be held 03-06 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. The Digital Earth & Locate17 Conference’s Market Day on Tuesday 4th April opens the exhibition to everyone and is an opportunity for private, government and start-up organisations to come together and explore collaborative and business opportunities. About the International Symposium on Digital Earth The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth. ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards. About Locate17 The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA). International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 Showcases Geospatial’s Enabling Role in Digital Transformation 2017-02-01T04:50:00Z international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17-showcases-geospatial-s-enabling-role-in-digital-transformation Sydney, Australia – 1 February 2017 – Geospatial data’s enabling role in digital transformation will be on show at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney in April, combining one of the world’s most prestigious symposiums with Australia’s premier geospatial conference.   Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse, chair & convenor of the Locate17 and Digital Earth Symposium Organising Committee, says attendees will come away with the knowledge to transform business practices in industries as diverse as agriculture, transport, construction and medicine.   “Both government and the private sector will be able to identify opportunities based on what is happening around the world,” he says. “Geospatial data underpins many disruptive and innovative organisations. Without it, companies like Uber would not be in business.”   According to Dr Mohamed-Ghouse, who is also director for NSW & International Relations of the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI), the event comes as governments around Australia open up access to geospatial data to promote innovation.   Australia’s now freely available Geo-coded National Address File is used online to validate people’s addresses. The biggest Australian subscriber group for the Global Navigation Satellite System is not transport or surveyors, but the agricultural industry.   With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, Digital Earth & Locate17 provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data.   The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy.   Some of the symposium’s highlights include: Susan Moran from NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive Science Team presents a special session on remote sensing and applications of global soil moisture monitoring Trisha Moriarty, Geological Survey of NSW delivers a keynote on the application of open data policy in the Earth Sciences across government, scientific and industry Singapore Land Authority & AAM presents, ‘Singapore Smart Nation: Measuring from the ground up’ David Wortley, Gamification and Enabling Technologies Strategic Solutions, delivers, ‘The role of Digital Earth technologies in digital medicine’.  The joint conference will be held 03-06 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney.  About the International Symposium on Digital Earth The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth.   ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards.  About Locate17 The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA). WORLD NEWS: World War III is here - and we are blind - It's Cybergeddon says Simon Smith, Cyber Forensics Intelligence Expert 2016-12-23T08:41:22Z the-world-must-take-notice-of-its-lack-of-cyber-knowledge-it-is-the-new-world-war FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEIf this is not enough evidence that the world is in trouble then what is?This press release is in response to the article attributed to BBC News, identified here: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-38404711 "After reading that article, I am appalled, ashamed, speechless and feel the most insecure in my country and in the world as I have ever felt", Mr. Simon Smith stated to the media today. Mr. Smith is a highly qualified Cybersecurity Computer Forensics Private Investigator expert and CSO of eVestigator. "I have always stated in my 20 years of programming and IT teaching and expert experience that 'the human is the weakest link in any information system' but until now, sadly I didn't realise how - to be frank - stupid this link was. This now proves to be the biggest danger to the next world war in my eyes and the Governments of the world must take notice to this article as the next world war is going to be created by us, through our own lack of sense and it will be known as Cybergeddon", according to a statement made in response to this article by Mr Smith. It was Mr. Smith's strong view that if the world is concerned about political affairs, concerned about nuclear warfare, threats of terror, yet cannot even observe the most simplest "primary school knowledge based trick" right its' eyes then Mr. Smith strongly stated that there is something seriously wrong with the priorities, the spending and the way the world sees the danger. Mr. Smith is a trained white hat ethical hacker and reverse engineering expert and has appeared on television demonstrating for the good of exposing consumer flaws, credit card hacks, and has been responsible for catching over $6 million dollars worth of cyber-criminals that the police have either been too lazy to find or incapable.  Mr. Smith is an expert Cybersecurity and Cyber-terrorism but places a large element of his work down to common sense. "As an Expert Witness and Computer Digital Forensics Investigator I have been very successful in finding and producing evidence of multiple cyber-stalkers, hackers, and cyber-scammers. I have caught white collar fraud criminals and quite often provide victims in Australia resolutions to their cybercrimes where the police may have spent 5 years 'purporting' to work on their job only to give up after 'exhausting all avenues'. Most of these 'cold cases' I usually resolve in 1-2 days", Mr. Smith stated. "What alarms me about this story, is its systemic undereducated nature. Something so basic for consumer grade computer knowledge has the ability to disrupt and fool an entire aircraft and its' staff who are professionals in what they do. How are we educating people today? A WiFi hotspot can be called anything and is an insecure risk in itself. People quite happily go to McDonalds and go on the internet without realising the potential for Man-in-the-Middle attacks and/or phishing attacks or employee fraud. VPN's may be free, but are they just merely invitations to give your identity to a third party. My strong advice to consumers is, at what expense do you value your human right to identity?", Mr. Smith asked. "My point here is, this most simplest consumer knowledge trick amongst competent pilots and staff can be fooled so easily, and amongst confusion comes the ability for mind manipulation and real cyber-terrorism." Mr. Smith has Qualifications in Cybercrime and Cyberattacks and especially in mitigation, and security and risk management. He also has Department of Homeland Security recognised Qualifications that focus specifically on the manipulative attacks and tricks that hackers can use to disrupt an information system. Mr. Smith however maintains that one must look at the human element and the destructive path to confusion that this example has caused. He compares it to opening up a jar of bees and letting them loose. Each bee is capable of stinging somebody and each person who is stung is capable of performing an act of Cyber-terrorism. "If we as humans cannot even understand what a WiFi hotspot is, yet we are given the power as jury to send someone to jail, or power as voters, to elect a President or Prime Minister, in this new age we must be nothing but absolutely incompetent as we are electing ourselves into our next world war", Mr. Smith said. "I can safely say that before reading this I thought Australia and its police force were the most incompetent of all countries when it came to Cybersecurity. I am probably incorrect. In this event, the person who set his WiFi setting should not be punished at all, he should be congratulated and endorsed for demonstrating how negligent an entire airline", Mr. Smith stated. Mr. Smith was quick to compliment the airline and its staff for being diligent and being experts in their profession.  "We are not dealing with people here that are of below average IQ. We are dealing with extremely smart people. Pilots have such an aptitude for mathematics, science and logic comparable to that of very few industries. On the other hand, an airline is supposed to take care of your life, operate technical instruments that elevate you safely into the air, travel in excess of 900 km an hour, use sensitive global positioning systems and land you in one piece. There is so much training and skill that goes into that exercise, it is beyond belief. Whenever I land, I continue to believe it is the workings of science fiction", Mr. Smith stated. However Mr. Smith, being a logical centred person could not understand one piece of this puzzle. "Despite the pilot, mission control and all staff being well tasked, not one person could understand what a consumer 802.11ghz WiFi hotspot was? In today's age, I would say if I was to ask a Grade 3 primary school boy or girl that question I would most likely get a correct answer. If I was a guessing person, I would guess that the Government would have equally been fooled. I see Magistrates and Judges getting fooled simply because they do not know. That is no excuse as it affects all our lives", Mr. Smith strongly stated. "This illustrates one of my strongest findings in every single Cybersecurity breach or alleged breach I come across and I stand by this finding. There is almost always an element of human failure from the reporting person that is dare I say, almost always uninformed. This is why I always offer to look at a job first without quoting. I am ethical and that is the only way to proceed. People will swear they have been hacked, I will tell them otherwise after looking. They will believe what they believe, just as the media can influence people to believe what they want their readers to believe", Mr. Smith said. "The moral of this story is if the world is investing money in preparing itself for wars, spending billions of dollars, pretending to care about Cybercrime - when really they are untrained and have no idea, then it has forgotten the biggest war of all. Cybergeddon - and it is here now, and it will not go away. This is a war that, I can say as a Certified White Hat Ethical Hacker and Cybersecurity expert predict has the ability to shutdown the entire worlds operations through the sheer combination of human incompetence and mind manipulation, and basic IT techniques which plays a big part in cybersecurity. Most people think 'hacking' is a magical way of getting into some locked inaccessible account. Of recent times, I think it would be fair to say that is what Yahoo would like you to think. It is most certainly not. It is a balance of finding the weakness in the victim and the strength of the attacker - but above all the strength in the strategy and intelligence of common sense. When I have caught scammers about 20% of my energy goes into forensics, and 80% goes into intelligence", stated Mr. Smith. "If the public is not intelligent enough to detect the most simple false positive of all, then we are going to see a very ugly world - very fast, a world of mind, computer, and government manipulation, cyber-terrorism and censorship, augmented reality gone wrong, all at such simplicity - one would need average computer skills to commit such crimes. In fact they will not even be labelled crimes. Unless the governments of the world come together and recognise these weaknesses, and pay particular attention to what I am saying here, they are never going to realise how weak they are. The mind is very powerful, and it is humans that control computers. When the human is given a false perception of reality, you have just turned the ignition on cyber-war", Mr. Smith warned. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHSvrC386BA Mr. Smith is available for interview on the below details:www.evestigator.com.au www.cybersecurity.com.au+61410643121 Short + Sweet: SNACKABLETV youth broadcast network for short-form content launches 2016-12-01T00:16:58Z short-sweet-snackabletv-youth-broadcast-network-for-short-form-content-launches Meet SNACKABLETV, a revolutionary digital youth network housing the best in bite-sized content. It’s an entirely new way for young people all over the world to access high quality short-form entertainment for FREE, without annoying advertisements or subscriptions. VIEW THE SIZZLE REEL Millennials are diverse, curious and engaged - so, SNACKABLETV is too. It does not discriminate against gender, sexuality, race, creed or socio-economic status, only against beige content. SNACKABLETV launches with solid collaborations and partnerships as official Youth & Content Broadcaster for Sydney Festival, co-produced podcasts with the team from Melbourne’s Sans Pants Radio and short films produced by future creative superstars from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Offering something for everyone, SNACKABLETV plays host to content across seven channels; Culture, Film, Gaming, Music, Podcast, Style, and a dedicated hub for today’s news, events, and the best of the net; What’s Hot. Original series’ will feature respected members of the creative community including; street artist Scott Marsh; music journalist Danny Clayton; celebrity fashion stylist Mikey Ayoubi; mindfulness coach Kylie Ryan; comedians Rhys Nicholson and Robbie Armfield; musicians Client Liaison, Sleep Makes Waves and The Jezabels; and so much more incredible talent in front of and behind the lens. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. The network will lead the fight against ‘Digital Litter’, a result of too much access to poorly made content. Everything on SNACKABLETV is short, sharp, and captivating. It’s video that is never boring, always inspiring, with an added dose of learning for the socially aware, completely free of charge to the viewer. SNACKABLETV Co-founders Kate Edwards and Shae Constantine said today: “We are extremely proud to be launching Australia’s first short form broadcast network made especially for young people. “SNACKABLETV is purpose built as much for the consumer as it is for the creator – it’s a conduit between the two worlds. We identified a gap, in that there is so much good content out there and before now it hasn’t had a home or a chance to get to an audience who will appreciate it. “Our doors are wide open to young creatives and creators. We want to distribute the best short-form content the world has seen, and this is only possible with a truly robust digital platform to facilitate the relationship between creator and audience. That platform is SNACKABLETV.” Content is currently available online (mobile, tablet or desktop) via SNACKABLETV.tv The bar has been set high and SNACKABLETV is committed to pushing the boundaries in both the controversy and quality stakes. New content will be released on all channels across the network constantly. Stay tuned for updates on exciting co-productions and distribution partnerships. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. Interview and content requests contact The Lantern Group: Louisa Read +61 412 955 101 louisa@lanterngroup.com.au Fiona Gulin +61 487 992 333 fiona@lanterngroup.com.au CONNECT WITH SNACKABLETV FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM #snackableTV MEDIA MATERIALS DROPBOX Foresters lead China/Australia relationship 2016-10-26T04:21:54Z foresters-lead-china-australia-relationship Cooperation between Australia and China countries in the field of forestry has been germinating for some time, but last night the first signs of real strength and maturity in the relationship took hold. Institute of Foresters Australia National President Rob de Fegely signed an historic Memorandum of Understanding last night with the President of the Chinese Society of Forestry Zhao Shucong. Rob de Fégely said, ‘This MOU builds on the significant interaction between our members and provides an important vehicle for building the relationship as our economic ties grow. ‘China is now our major forest products trading partner and so it makes sense for us to trade ideas and skills as well as products. ‘This MOU is a culmination of a number of years building relationships between our two organisations and the recent China Australia Forestry Exchange Program has been the catalyst to develop a more formal and higher level relationship. ‘A forestry investment forum was held in Sydney earlier this month specifically aimed at Chinese investors. ‘It was fitting that the Chinese Forestry Society also signed MOUs with the Japan Forestry Society, the Korean Forestry Society and the Canadian Institute of Foresters at the same time.  All countries are important trading partners of Australia and similarly have a long history in forest management and development, said Mr de Fégely. The Chinese Society of Forestry was founded in 1917 and is one of the oldest academic societies in China while the Australian Institute of Foresters is not a lot younger, celebrating its 80th birthday this year. Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Call for Papers DEADLINE 23rd October 2016 & ECI Excellence Awards 2016-10-10T00:49:46Z early-childhood-intervention-eci-call-for-papers-deadline-23rd-october-2016-eci-excellence-awards 27th NSW/ACT Conference - Call for Papers Call for Papers DEADLINE EXTENDED - 23rd October 2016 In order to build the best conference program, we are seeking papers for sessional workshops. ECIA NSW/ACT is inviting professionals to submit abstracts for presentations, workshops or panels that explore innovative practices, challenges, research and policy directions. Click here to view or download the 'Call for Papers' Flyer. Click here to view or download the Abstract Submission Template to aid with your submission.* *Note: The Abstract Submission Template may automatically begin downloading in your default browser. Check your browser or go to the Downloads folder on your computer to access this document. Read more... Excellence Awards The Excellence Awards aim to honour and recognise outstanding achievements in the ECI sector that have contributed to the improvement of the lives of children with disability and/or developmental delay and their families. The Excellence Award categories celebrate and acknowledges teams and organisations that demonstrate excellence, passion, vision and a commitment to assisting children with disability and/or developmental delay and their families to achieve their goals. The ‘Excellence Awards’ will be presented for outstanding achievements in the ECI Industry at the NSW/ACT Conference on 25th - 26th May 2017 at the Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach. Award Categories The following award categories will be open for nominations: Outstanding family-centred practice Champion of Inclusion Team around the child Innovative practice Applications and Nominations Applications will open on 14th November 2016. Nominations must be for a team or organisation in the early childhood intervention sector operating in NSW or ACT and includes; early childhood educators, special educators, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, audiologists, social workers and psychologist. Applicants can self-nominate their team or organisation or nominate another team or organisation. Nominations for individuals will not be accepted. ECIA Members and Non Members are eligable to apply.* *Note: ECIA Members can nominate at no cost. Non ECIA Members are required to pay an application fee of $99 (inc. GST). Theme: ECI: Beyond Possibilities - Investing in the Future Location: Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach Dates: Thursday 25th and Friday 26th May 2017 Early Childhood Intervention Australia NSW/ACT 2017 Conference has as its theme ‘ECI: Beyond Possibilities - Investing in the Future’. This provides an exciting opportunity for service providers and professionals interested in Early Childhood Intervention and Early Childhood, to come together with a focus on building the capacity of our sector and the community, understanding the NDIS and the impact on children with disability and/or developmental delay and their families. The conference will have a strong focus on the key issues affecting practice in early childhood intervention, now and into the future. State Conference Registrations NOW OPEN Register now to receive the Early Bird discount! Registrations for the NSW/ACT Conference ECI: Beyond Possibilities - Investing in the Future are now open. You can register to attend the two day conference on: Both days – Thursday 25 & Friday 26 May 2017 Day One Only – Thursday 25 May 2017 Day Two Only – Friday 26 May 2017 Two Days One Day Early Bird ECIA NSW/ACT Member Rate* $505 $305 Early Bird Non-Member Rate* $585 $345 ECIA NSW/ACT Member Rate $560 $360 Non-Member Rate $640 $400 *Early Bird rates will finish on 24th March 2017 If you have any queries about registering for the conference or need any further information, contact Libby Forsyth on (02) 9873 2593 or admin@ecia-nsw.org.au. Read more... AIIA undertaking significant survey on analytics and data usage by Australian businesses, government and NGOs 2016-09-12T01:46:08Z aiia-undertaking-significant-survey-on-analytics-and-data-usage-by-australian-businesses-government-and-ngos FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12 SEPTEMBER 2016 Encourages new and established organisations in all sectors to participate in order to develop the most comprehensive report possible The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, today announced it is undertaking a major survey of Australian organisations on analytics and data usage. The purpose of the survey is to find out what differentiates those business, government and NGO organisations that effectively use data and analytics for senior decision making. The survey is open to individual respondents via the AIIA website until 31 September 2016. It is anticipated that a whitepaper will be published towards the end of the year incorporating an analysis of the results and providing a body of knowledge that will help guide business leaders on ways to incorporate data and analytics into their organisation in order to remain competitive. Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), says, "On a global scale, we see those organisations that know how to use data effectively are usually the strongest performers. If Australia is serious about driving an ideas boom and creating new employment opportunities, we need to ensure that we help local organisations better understand and then take advantage of data to be competitive. “This is not just a survey for tech companies. The information generated will benefit all industries and we encourage participants across all sectors whether they be in education, retail, finance, or others, as well as established and newer companies to participate,” added Fitzpatrick. This initiative is being led by the AIIA’s Data and Analytics Special Interest Group, which is chaired by Dr Roger Kermode, director of business consulting firm Alimua Pty Ltd and former practice principal for analytics and data management for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Graeme Wood, general manager of marketing for Semantic Software Asia Pacific. “There is mounting evidence that data-driven organisations tend to require fewer assets, execute with greater insight and less risk, and ultimately generate higher returns. We believe incorporating these practices is an important part of creating a sustainable and growing economy in Australia and is crucial to seeing our standing in world innovation and growth rankings improve,” says Dr Kermode. The data collected will be analysed by data scientists at the University of Technology Sydney. Professor Michael Blumenstein of UTS Sydney says, “Much has been published on big data, automation and the use of analytics at an organizational level. However, despite the recognition of data increasing in importance, the use of data between and within organisations varies widely. The AIIA survey has been constructed to find out why. It’s designed to enable deep diagnostics and analysis of what actually take place inside organisations across different functions and different levels, not just what is visible externally.” Numerous leading Australian organisations are encouraging their members to complete the survey, including: Data61, The Knowledge Economy Institute; NSW State Government; Advance Australia; FINSIA; CPA Australia; StartupMuster; UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT; and, the UTS Business School. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 the AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. MEDIA CONTACT For more information, please contact Joanna Stevens Kramer at 0408 466 410 or email joanna@filteredmedia.com.au For more information about the AIIA please visit https://www.aiia.com.au SimpliVity named a leader in hyperconverged infrastructure 2016-08-17T00:28:00Z simplivity-named-a-leader-in-hyperconverged-infrastructure Sydney, Australia — August 17, 2016 — SimpliVity, a leader in hyperconverged infrastructure that’s revolutionising enterprise IT, today announced that the company was recognised as a Leader in The Forrester Wave: Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI), Q3 2016 report.   SimpliVity’s position as a Leader in Forrester’s assessment of the 12 most significant hyperconverged infrastructure vendors was based on the company’s performance across Forrester’s 28-criteria evaluation, which included such criteria as hyperconverged functions, high availability and data protection, manageability and ease of operations, and customer feedback.   According to Forrester, SimpliVity “offers a very rich set of global multisite data management functions anchored by an always-on global deduplication architecture. It includes a comprehensive set of backup, deduplication, snapshot, and clones with multisite data replication and [disaster recovery] capabilities along with wide-area network (WAN) optimisation.” “Forrester put it best in its report, ‘Hyperconvergence is a concept whose time has come,’ and we couldn’t agree more. We believe that SimpliVity is driving this transition – illustrated by even the largest global enterprises transforming their IT with SimpliVity,” said Marianne Budnik, CMO, SimpliVity. “It’s been exciting to watch the growth in the market, especially as we continue to gain momentum by expanding our enterprise customer base while demonstrating an exemplary customer experience. Our customer loyalty and satisfaction metrics are striking – standing at a Net Promoter Score of 90 – 47% higher than the industry average. The hyperconverged market will only continue to expand over the next year, and judging by Forrester’s report, I believe SimpliVity will lead the charge.” “It’s not surprising to see SimpliVity listed as a leader in hyperconverged infrastructure; it’s something we’ve known for a long time. As soon as I saw the first SimpliVity demo, I knew they were doing something revolutionary,” said Ray DeCrescente, CTO, Capital Region Orthopedics Group. “We were really looking for a solution that would improve our disaster recovery, data protection, and business continuity capabilities. We evaluated multiple vendors and solutions before finding that SimpliVity could reliably run all our mission-critical healthcare applications, give us an improved disaster recovery posture, and would help to modernise and advance the performance of our PACS application. I believe SimpliVity is unlike anything else on the hyperconverged market, and feel this report signals that firms like Forrester agree.” Download a complimentary copy of The Forrester Wave: Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI), Q3 2016 report [link].Resources Read the blog about SimpliVity’s evaluation by Forrester Follow SimpliVity on our corporate blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube and Google+ About SimpliVity Founded with a mission to simplify IT, SimpliVity is a pioneer in the hyperconverged infrastructure market, disrupting the status quo of complex and cumbersome legacy IT systems. SimpliVity’s hyperconverged IT platform delivers enterprise-class performance and availability that today’s IT leaders require, with the cloud economics their business demands. No other company has taken on the mega task of assimilating all IT elements below the hypervisor (8 to 12 disparate functions) into a simple 2U building block of x86 shareable resources to deliver unmatched IT simplicity, operational efficiency, and 3x TCO savings. The company’s unique data virtualisation architecture improves performance, protection and data efficiency, while also enabling global unified management from a single console. SimpliVity has revolutionised IT systems for hundreds of enterprises around the world. Headquartered in Westborough, Mass., the company has raised $276 million in venture capital and employs about 750 worldwide. SimpliVity’s business model is 100 percent indirect, and its solutions and professional services are available worldwide through its network of resellers and distributors. For more information, visit http://www.simplivity.com.  Media Contacts Amanda Conroy Espresso Communicationsamanda@espressocomms.com.au +61 2 8016 2200 +61 422 472 883   Amy Rathbone Espresso Communicationsamy@espressocomms.com.au +61 2 8016 2200 +61 423 230 244  ® 2016, SimpliVity. All rights reserved. Information described herein is furnished for informational use only, is subject to change without notice. SimpliVity, the SimpliVity logo, OmniCube, OmniStack, and Data Virtualization Platform are trademarks or registered trademarks of SimpliVity Corporation in the United States and certain other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Real Cyber Crime Stories, real life results, real cases, real dangers, real advice, real trends and warnings PR available for the media on request 2016-08-12T14:12:07Z real-cyber-crime-stories-real-life-results-real-cases-real-dangers-real-advice-real-trends-and-warnings-pr-available-for-the-media-on-request Hi, I'm Simon Smith. I am a Computer Forensics Cyber Investigator, and Certified Expert Witness. I give forensic evidence in court and am a private investigator, ethical hacker and expert in Digital Forensics. I have essentially predicted "Cybergeddon" and have solved some of Australia's largest Cyber Crimes that ACORN and the Police and prior High Tech Crime Commission could not solve for many years. I specialise in Computer Forensics and essentially can reverse engineer any software, and have a very active view on how Australia and the Police are "behind the 8 ball". I am a Certified Hacking Forensic Investigator and hold almost 100 Qualifications, and have been programming since 11 years old. My websites outline my background. I have solved multiple million dollar SCAMS, and caught cyber-stalkers that were 7 people in 1, worked on major defamation cases and revealed to Channel 7 and Channel 9 expert information pertaining to consumer risks involving digital pickpocketing of credit cards using RFID, NFC and EMV using standard Android programming, and also Cyber-bullying for Today Tonight. I tought advanced programming over 16 years ago at Swinburne Uni, was the top 2% in Information Systems in Australia in VCE and was instantly snapped up from school as a Systems Analyst Programmer and have built and worked for 7 digit businesses. I don't rely on software to conduct my investigations, I make it. My sites say more than enough! https://www.evestigator.com.au http://www.cybersecurity.com.au https://www.youtube.com/embed/1sC58Y2qumI?hd=0&rel=0&autohide=1&showinfo=0&hd=1&loop=1 http://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2016/08/10/simple-attack-abs-bungled-census/ http://www.evestigator.com.au/CYBERCRIME-WARNING--PRESS-RELEASE-POKEMON-DANGER-DECISION-BY-27-JULY-16.pdf http://thenewdaily.com.au/life/2016/04/18/iphone-life-expectancy/ http://newcastle-australia.cracker.com.au/LegalServices/evestigator-simon-smith-australias-top-computer-forensic-expert-witness-and-investigator/18059269 Direct: 0410 643 121 eVestigator, Australia's most sought after Digital Forensics Investigator, Cyber Security Specialist, Expert Court Witness, Advocate, Mediator, FDRP (As featured on Today Tonight and the Today Show) Simon Smith t/as eVestigator has over 20 years experience as a Master Computer Programmer and University lecturer dating back over 16 years in advanced computer programming and for the last six years has been utilised as a Digital Forensic Expert Witness and Private/Factual Investigator, as well as an Expert Cyber Security Investigator and Auditor and Data Recovery Expert. He is also a Cyber Security Analyst, Mobile App-Store Developer and a Computer Systems Source Code Auditor and Reverse Engineer - and often called as an Expert Witness for the Courts. Simon offers a vast range of Specialist Investigative and IT services. Renowned in Australia as Today Tonight's Cyber-bullying Expert, he is a Cyber-Crime Investigator, with experience in Insurance Risk Analyst, Data Loss/Prevention, Online/Offline Fraud, Intellectual Property, eDiscovery / Due Diligence and an Education Industry Expert. He has created some of Australia's largest Australian education institutes worth millions of dollars and has changed industries with his innovations. His work stems from his excellence as a computer programmer since an 11 year old boy - an enthusiast turned genius, being in the top 3% of the country in the Year 12 Common Assessment Task exams. Being highly sought, although he attempted a programming course at Deakin - he ended up teaching the Professor and tutoring others, and landed himself a lecturing position at Swinburne University sessionally and was hand picked straight into a Analyst Programming position working with Corporate giants, immediately finding security glitches in high end financial applications which drew his attention to cyber-security. He however climbed the ranks through the entire chain of IT roles as a programmer, ultimately in control of all levels of IT - support, networking, security, installation, testing, customer liaison, turning business requirements into actual project plans and essentially solely performing the entire SDLC himself and/or working with the other organisation to instruct them through what he needed. He soon outgrew these positions and opened up his own major international businesses programming pocket PC's and devices for Microsoft, Apple, RealOne, and later became not just an Applications and security expert, but an expert with the addition of the iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows, Linux, Unix, Mac, Java, Windows CE/Nokia Computer Forensics & Data Recovery. From his young background from ground up he was capable of reverse engineering and ethical hacking, had created software patents and invented his own customised protocols even from the age of 13 years old. He had written web, ftp, smtp and custom encrypted servers from as young as 16. Now at 36, he is a Windows Certified Programmer, Family/Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP, ADRP), Nationally Accredited Mediator (NAM), Ethical Hacking/Reverse Engineering Expert, Licensed Private Investigator specialising in Cyber and IT facts, Corruption Investigator, Surveillance/Bug Detector, Litigation Support. He is highly qualified, experienced, and offers fast and cost effective in/out of court outcomes, complimented by his Cth. Appointment in Dispute Resolution, Mediation, Education industry, Counselling, and work as a Grief and Trauma course writer. He is also an accredited Grad. Dip trainer of Barristers, Lawyers and Psychologists in Family Law Dispute Resolution. He holds several Post-graduate Qualifications many covering innovation, security and digital education. He now concentrates as an Expert Witness in the very rare field of Cyber Forensics and is an expert in catching Cyber Stalkers and White Collar Cyber-crime and has succeeded in cases where even the High-tech police divisions have not been able to assist. He has been able to locate offenders without any trace of an IP address and shorten litigation due to his extensive knowledge. He is an asset Pre, Post and during Litigation. Posted: Friday, 12 August 2016, 3:26 PM Reply Enlarge Picture Enlarge Picture Enlarge Picture Enlarge Picture Enlarge Picture Enlarge Picture http://www.evestigator.com.au http://www.forensicinvestigator.com.au http://www.courtexpertwitness.com.au http://www.cyberinvestigator.com.au http://www.cyberblog.com.au http://www.evestigatorreviews.com.au eVestigator issues urgent press release warning the public of Cyber Security dangers of Augmented Reality eVestigator® Simon Smith is invited to Channel 9's the 'Today Show' to discuss Cyber Pickpocketing Direct: 0410 643 121 eVestigator, Australia's most sought after Digital Forensics Investigator, Cyber Security Specialist, Expert Court Witness, Advocate, Mediator, FDRP (As featured on Today Tonight and the Today Show) Simon Smith t/as eVestigator has over 20 years experience as a Master Computer Programmer and University lecturer dating back over 16 years in advanced computer programming and for the last six years has been utilised as a Digital Forensic Expert Witness and Private/Factual Investigator, as well as an Expert Cyber Security Investigator and Auditor and Data Recovery Expert. He is also a Cyber Security Analyst, Mobile App-Store Developer and a Computer Systems Source Code Auditor and Reverse Engineer - and often called as an Expert Witness for the Courts. Simon offers a vast range of Specialist Investigative and IT services. Renowned in Australia as Today Tonight's Cyber-bullying Expert, he is a Cyber-Crime Investigator, with experience in Insurance Risk Analyst, Data Loss/Prevention, Online/Offline Fraud, Intellectual Property, eDiscovery / Due Diligence and an Education Industry Expert. He has created some of Australia's largest Australian education institutes worth millions of dollars and has changed industries with his innovations. His work stems from his excellence as a computer programmer since an 11 year old boy - an enthusiast turned genius, being in the top 3% of the country in the Year 12 Common Assessment Task exams. Being highly sought, although he attempted a programming course at Deakin - he ended up teaching the Professor and tutoring others, and landed himself a lecturing position at Swinburne University sessionally and was hand picked straight into a Analyst Programming position working with Corporate giants, immediately finding security glitches in high end financial applications which drew his attention to cyber-security. He however climbed the ranks through the entire chain of IT roles as a programmer, ultimately in control of all levels of IT - support, networking, security, installation, testing, customer liaison, turning business requirements into actual project plans and essentially solely performing the entire SDLC himself and/or working with the other organisation to instruct them through what he needed. He soon outgrew these positions and opened up his own major international businesses programming pocket PC's and devices for Microsoft, Apple, RealOne, and later became not just an Applications and security expert, but an expert with the addition of the iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows, Linux, Unix, Mac, Java, Windows CE/Nokia Computer Forensics & Data Recovery. From his young background from ground up he was capable of reverse engineering and ethical hacking, had created software patents and invented his own customised protocols even from the age of 13 years old. He had written web, ftp, smtp and custom encrypted servers from as young as 16. Now at 36, he is a Windows Certified Programmer, Family/Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP, ADRP), Nationally Accredited Mediator (NAM), Ethical Hacking/Reverse Engineering Expert, Licensed Private Investigator specialising in Cyber and IT facts, Corruption Investigator, Surveillance/Bug Detector, Litigation Support. He is highly qualified, experienced, and offers fast and cost effective in/out of court outcomes, complimented by his Cth. Appointment in Dispute Resolution, Mediation, Education industry, Counselling, and work as a Grief and Trauma course writer. He is also an accredited Grad. Dip trainer of Barristers, Lawyers and Psychologists in Family Law Dispute Resolution. He holds several Post-graduate Qualifications many covering innovation, security and digital education. He now concentrates as an Expert Witness in the very rare field of Cyber Forensics and is an expert in catching Cyber Stalkers and White Collar Cyber-crime and has succeeded in cases where even the High-tech police divisions have not been able to assist. He has been able to locate offenders without any trace of an IP address and shorten litigation due to his extensive knowledge. He is an asset Pre, Post and during Litigation. Melbourne, 3000 google map • Location: Adelaide, Australia, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, Gold Coast, Hobart, Launceston, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Sydney • Post ID: 18059269 newcastle-australia email to friend eVestigator® Cyber Forensics Expert Simon Smith says 'POKÉMON NO' to Augmented Reality 2016-07-26T09:36:16Z evestigator-r-cyber-forensics-expert-simon-smith-says-pokemon-no-to-augmented-reality PRESS RELEASE 26/7/2016 CYBER FORENSIC EXPERT ISSUES NATIONAL SECURITY WARNING EVESTIGATOR CYBER FORENSICS EXPERT SIMON SMITH SAYS 'POKÉMON NO' TO AUGMENTED REALITY Availability for further interview / discussion TV – Aus-Wide – 24hrs notice, Radio – 8 hrs notice –© Simon Smith 0410 643 121 - forensic@evestigator.com.au. Written consent needed to reuse/quote from this release. Contact: Simon Smith. (eVestigator® aka Simon Smith, an expert in Cyber stalking and Cybercrime Investigations and a Master in Computer Digital Forensics says that our children and teenagers are severely at risk of physical, sexual and psychological harm from the use of this game) © SIMON SMITH - EVESTIGATOR® URGENT PUBLIC MEDIA RELEASE © - CREDIT & PERMISSION ASKED FOR IN WRITING BEFORE USE eVestigator®, Computer Forensics Cyber Expert – CHFI, Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator, Private Investigator Phone: 1800 CYBER I, Direct: 0410 643 121 www.evestigator.com.au www.cybersecurity.com.au www.courtexpertwitness.com.au Melbourne, July 26, 2016: Mr. Simon Smith of www.evestigator.com.au, and www.cybersecurity.com.au, a top Australian Computer Forensics expert, Cyber-crime Investigator, cyber-stalking expert and programmer of 25 years knows all too well the other side of what it looks like in a courtroom when somebody is the victim of cyber-stalking or white collar crime. He is often giving forensic evidence or reports in relation to high-tech computer crimes as an expert witness or private investigator. He has also worked on cases involving child pornography and the police, and is a strong advocate against Cyber-bullying, Cyber-stalking and Cyber-crimes civilly and criminally, and has helped hundreds of people attain justice and resolution in many cases, especially involving children and violence and forensic impersonation. As a Commonwealth Appointed Family Dispute Practitioner, with the very difficult job of dealing with awkward family disputes along with his specialised cyber forensic knowledge and cases as a private investigator, he speaks of cases where he has dealt with kidnapping, abductions, cults, poisoning and more. Never, however did Mr. Smith predict that what he calls “Cybergeddon™” would come so soon. Simon explains the term “augmented reality” in the new Pokémon game as going too far. “Imagine walking in a straight line and a cartoon character appears in front of you. That is simply what it is. A technology that draws a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world (knowing on their phone where they are via the GPS), in this case a character or an object named a Pokémon. It then uses the camera on the back of the phone to paint the background, so it looks like there is a cartoon in your view”. He further says, “the earth is made up of various known areas comprising longitude and latitudes. These are known to the game and randomized, and the object of the game is to find Pokémon and physically step within a meter or so of it to interact, and likewise, collect other objects in the game”. He further explains that “these objects are randomly placed on or around you are on earth without any data verification”. Mr. Smith asks you to imagine your child, or teenage son or daughter walking around with head buried in their phone, jumping complete stranger’s fences, in and out of their neighbourhood, exploring places they shouldn’t be – knocking on stranger’s doors, asking if they can collect a Pokémon from their backyard. Then he asks you to “stop imagining because it is actually happening now”. He then asks you to imagine a “destination” that may be randomly picked in the game for your child to visit. Imagine if one of these stops was say in the case of America, “The Windsor Hotel in Phoenix Arizona”. Would you be concerned if you knew that in this instance, this was a halfway house for sex offenders? He also asks you to not imagine, and says, “Well, that happened too!” Mr. Smith deals with reverse cyber stalking cases all the time. Finally, he asks you to imagine that a group of bullies had a special directory which told them where a victim would be going at a certain time. It would allow them to lay a trap, and wait for the prey. Of course Mr. Smith says, “let’s not imagine - that actually happened too. In fact, only a few days after launch a gamer was robbed at gun point in dangerous unchartered neighbourhoods because the attackers knew he’d be chasing Pokémon they used game bonuses to lure there.” Mr. Smith, both as an IOS and Android programmer and cyber stalking forensic investigator and court expert witness strongly warns the community and rates this at a risk of 10/10 to any parent. He states that It could be used as a directory for stalkers and paedophiles to find children, and cause danger to society in an already understaffed and underqualified area of policing, being organised cyber-crime. Mr. Smith further states that it could even be considered the “Yellow Pages of Children and Teens” for Sex Predators – it could be easily argued that this is in fact no longer “augmented”. Mr. Smith strongly advises everyone to be conscious of the line that has just been crossed – and understand that crime is still crime even if it is hidden in what appears to be a ‘fun super-artificial method of game play’. “It is not a game anymore”, Mr. Smith strongly states. “It’s dangerous, it’s real and it is most likely in the hands of your children now”. Mr. Smith feels very passionate about the dangers he sees, in his expert opinion, he would strongly “recommend parents remove the game after doing further research” as he truly believes it crosses the line by masking serious cybercrime. He finishes by stating that, “It is ironic that people used to be afraid of the psychological effect of what violent artificial games may have on people, now I’m saying backed by evidence and experience, they should really be worried – because it has now crossed over to reality." This is general advice and not to be taken as legal advice and naturally, not all game players are likely to contribute to this conduct, this is an opinion expressed by me raising concern in this area of augmented reality. eVestigator®, Simon Smith Computer Forensics Cyber Expert – CHFI, Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator, Private Investigator © SIMON SMITH - EVESTIGATOR® URGENT PUBLIC MEDIA RELEASE © CREDIT & PERMISSION ASKED FOR IN WRITING BEFORE USE Please consider the environment before printing InnovationAus.com announces Election 2016’s first ministerial debate on innovation and digital transformation 2016-06-10T03:14:24Z innovationaus-com-announces-election-2016-s-first-ministerial-debate-on-innovation-and-digital-transformation Sydney, Australia – 10 June 2016 – InnovationAus.com today announced it will host the 2016 Federal Election’s first ministerial debate on innovation and digital transformation, in collaboration with a cross section of the sector’s most important industry groups.   Election Debate 2016: Innovation Policy will see Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, the Hon Angus Taylor MP, debate Labor’s digital innovation and startups spokesman, the Hon Ed Husic MP.   “It’s a really exciting opportunity and a privilege for InnovationAus.com to host this debate,” said Hello Espresso CEO and InnovationAus.com Publisher Corrie McLeod.   “Over the past 11 months, the InnovationAus.com team has built a reputation for insightful, high-quality commentary and positive discussion. To now help bring together a forum with these industry groups is an honour.”      UTS Vice-Chancellor and President Attila Brungs will introduce the debate with a presentation on the innovation challenges and opportunities faced by Australian businesses in relation to fast-changing technology, and examine the current state of the nation’s innovation ecosystems.   The debate will be held on Thursday, 16 June, at the University of Technology Sydney Business School – the Frank Gehry-designed Dr Chau Chak Wing Building.   The participating industry groups are:          Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA)          Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA)          Australian Services Roundtable (ASR)          Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association Limited (AVCAL)          Communications Alliance          FinTech Australia          Interactive Games and Entertainment Association (IGEA)          StartupAUS          TechSydney          The Start Society   “It is a testament to the maturity of this sector that so many industry groups have come together to get this debate off the ground, and InnovationAus.com is very proud to be associated with that effort,” said Ms McLeod.   A small number of seats have been released for general allocation and can be purchased here.  Get involved          The Election 2016 Innovation Debate is open to all media, although seating is somewhat limited and should be reserved by contacting Amy Rathbone at amy@espressocomms.com.au          Limited sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact InnovationAus.com Director of Business Development John Hovelmann at john@innovationaus.com          Visit the Election: Innovation Policy Debate website          Join the conversation on Twitter: @Innov_Aus / #InnovDebate  About InnovationAus.com InnovationAus.com is a leading commentator on public policy and business innovation. The publication sits at the intersection of government, technology, research, start-ups and capital markets. We provide Australian corporate, finance and innovation sectors with news and senior insights into the public policy that underpins the strength of the local ecosystem, and to find or highlight examples of innovation excellence within Australian industry. Armed with better insights, it is hoped that all stakeholders can then engage more successfully within their market place, government and policy-makers. Visit us at innovationaus.com or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.  Media contacts Corrie McLeod/Amy Rathbone +61 2 8016 2200amy@espressocomms.com.au The most ambitious school building project in Victorian history 2016-05-06T02:47:40Z the-most-ambitious-school-building-project-in-victorian-history 06/05/2016 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) congratulates the Victorian Government for its investment in the future growth and development of education infrastructure in Victoria which will underpin future innovation across the State. To safe guard the $1.1b investment and ensure both the Victorian Government and the people of Victoria are getting value for money in this initiative, the AIQS recommends the government engage AIQS professionally qualified quantity surveyors from the outset of these projects to ensure costs are controlled and managed. AIQS quantity surveyors, by working side by side with the Victorian Government, will control costs, minimise risks, and provide certainty to ensure potential cost overruns experienced on some school projects undertaken during the BER are not repeated. Part of this cost control process is ensuring the procurement of contractors to deliver these projects is done in a manner to provide ‘value for money’ and not simply flood the market with projects. With rates for education projects ranging from $1,500/m2 to $4,500/m2 dependent on the scale of the work required, it is important that the 23 new schools and upgrades to 147 schools have this professional quantity surveyor advice from the initiation of each project. This will ensure that each project has a skilled professional as part of the team to assist in identifying and minimising risks associated with time, cost, quality, environment and safety. For more information, contact Peter Clack (AIQS President) on 02 8234 4000 or president@aiqs.com.au. The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) is the peak professional body for Quantity Surveying in Australia and Internationally, with over 4,000 Members. Through its leadership, Standards, and Code of Professional Conduct, AIQS ensures that practising Quantity Surveyors are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of professional excellence. The Institute promotes AIQS Quantity Surveyor members in providing impartial, independent, expert advice which benefit construction and infrastructure projects, by ensuring that design and construction costs are managed as efficiently and effectively as possible. The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) Level 3, 70 Pitt St Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia (02) 8234 4000 www.aiqs.com.au