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Can Winston Churchill’s grandson save Serco? And is it worth saving? | Sam Knight | Business. Serco used to be the biggest company you had never heard of. For three decades it grew in the borderlands between the state and society, the government and us. Its name stands for “service company” and Serco, which combined great ambition with a desire to be unseen, wanted to be everywhere and nowhere at the same time. It was as much a formula as a company: a way to implement outsourced public services on behalf of governments, but with the elan of a restless entrepreneur. It didn’t matter what the service was, where it had to happen, or to whom it was delivered. Serco started out operating radars in Yorkshire and traffic lights in London, but it came to work with schoolchildren and doctors, commuters and prisoners, pilots and refugees. It was designed to be limitless, and to grow for ever. The trouble started in the spring. The paperwork that embodies government outsourcing, the physical contracts themselves, tells you a lot about how vexatious the whole business is.

Hacked federal files couldn't be encrypted because government computers are too old. Millions of government employee records apparently stolen by Chinese hackers were not encrypted, and software designed to block known computer breaches has not been installed to protect most of the files, officials said Tuesday. The latest disclosure came as officials continue to investigate two devastating hacks into the files of the Office of Personnel Management, the federal government’s human resources agency. The cyberattacks have exposed how vulnerable and outdated are many of the computer systems that the federal government uses to store details collected for job applications, security clearances and other needs. Intelligence officials are concerned that Chinese intelligence services or others could use the sensitive information, which can include medical histories and other personal details, to blackmail or otherwise recruit spies in the U.S. government and to design carefully tailored emails to infect computers of federal workers with access to secret files.

“You failed. Rep. LGBTI survey - Australian Army. Establishment of a Digital Transformation Office | Prime Minister of Australia. The Commonwealth Government will establish a Digital Transformation Office (DTO) within the Department of Communications so that government services can be delivered digitally from start to finish and better serve the needs of citizens and businesses. The DTO will comprise a small team of developers, designers, researchers and content specialists working across government to develop and coordinate the delivery of digital services. The DTO will operate more like a start-up than a traditional government agency, focussing on end-user needs in developing digital services. The DTO will use technology to make services simpler, clearer and faster for Australian families and businesses.

People need to be able to transact services and access information anytime, anywhere. Like any other service industry, government should design its services in the most user friendly way. Interacting with government should be as easy as Internet banking or ordering a taxi through an app. Noel Pearson's proposal could deliver real authority for Indigenous Australia | Fergal Davis. On Monday Noel Pearson backed proposals for a declaration of recognition for Indigenous Australians. He referenced the US Declaration of Independence and conjured up an image of Australian children reciting the declaration at school assemblies and civic leaders intoning it at the opening of parliament. It would be symbolic – not legally binding – but Pearson’s proposal is not just constitutional poetry. In November 2014, Tony Abbott told Australians for Constitutional Monarchy that “the challenge is to find a way to acknowledge Aboriginal people in the constitution without otherwise changing it”.

I am uneasy about such calls for reform without change. But the prime minister successfully campaigned against a republic and understands the realpolitik of amending the Australian constitution. The recent Empowered Communities: Empowered People report from the Wunan Foundation floated the idea of amending the constitution to establish a consultative body of Indigenous Australians. Malcolm Fraser: Former Australian PM dies aged 84. 20 March 2015Last updated at 00:12 ET Malcolm Fraser died following a brief illness, his office said Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser has died aged 84. A statement from his office said Mr Fraser, who led the nation between 1975 and 1983, died after a short illness. He became its leader in controversial circumstances, after the unprecedented dismissal of PM Gough Whitlam. Once in office, he championed the rights of Indigenous Australians and refugees, a stance that put him on a collision course with his own party in later life.

The statement from his office said he "died peacefully in the early hours of the morning" on Friday. "We appreciate that this will be a shock to all who knew and loved him, but ask that the family be left in peace at this difficult time," it added. 'Keen interest' The constitutional crisis that led to Mr Fraser becoming prime minister in 1975 formed an integral part of his image in Australia. 'Great integrity' "Billions": Hockey greenlights Centrelink core replacement. News Treasurer Joe Hockey has strongly hinted that the upcoming Federal Budget will include “billions” of dollars worth of funding for a core systems replacement at the Centrelink division of the Department of Human Services (DHS), in a move that represents one of the Federal Government’s most long-awaited and largest IT project approvals. For the past several decades, the core system underpinning Centrelink’s transaction processing platform has been the Model 204 software developed by Computer Corporation of America and running on ageing mainframes technology.

The platform supports Centrelink’s Income Support Integrated System (ISIS), which makes assessments and delivers transactions to more than seven million Australians. The platform is best understood by comparing it to the core banking platforms run by most of Australia’s major banks. “The technology upon which ISIS was developed is ageing. And this statement also applies to the new project Hockey discussed last week: Cookies must be enabled. | The Australian. Wikipedia abc census australia. Politics of Australia. The politics of Australia takes place within the framework of a federal constitutional parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy. Australians elect parliamentarians to the federal Parliament of Australia, a bicameral body which incorporates elements of the fused executive inherited from the Westminster system, and a strong federalist senate, adopted from the United States Congress.

Australia largely operates as a two-party system in which voting is compulsory. Legislative[edit] The Parliament of Australia, also known as the Commonwealth Parliament or Federal Parliament, is the legislative branch of the government of Australia. It is bicameral, and has been influenced both by the Westminster system and United States federalism. Under Section 1 of the Constitution of Australia, Parliament consists of three components: the Monarch, the Senate, and the House of Representatives. The Australian Parliament is the world's sixth oldest continuous democracy. Executive[edit] Judicial[edit] Digital shopfront to make government access easy as internet banking | Australia news.

Australians may soon be able to pay bills to every level of government and get information about all government services through a single website with one login, as easily as they can do internet banking or order a taxi through an app. Tony Abbott has given communications minister Malcolm Turnbull sole responsibility for a “digital transformation office” to build on the existing myGov service, including the possibility of extending it to state and local government transactions. The move clarifies who is responsible for a service now part-run by the Department of Finance. One of the office’s first jobs would be to allow people to create a single “digital identity” and login for all government services. “Almost all transactions with the federal government can be completed entirely digitally,” Turnbull told Guardian Australia.

Turnbull said his first priority was “how to make the service work from the point of view of the customer” because “we already know it is going to save money”. Hawke cabinet secretly approved extending Asio remit to foreign spying | Australia news. The Hawke cabinet approved guidelines for the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation to spy on Australians to gather foreign intelligence, newly released cabinet documents have revealed.

The cabinet agreed not to table the new powers in parliament or to allow them to be scrutinised by the newly established parliamentary joint committee on Asio. The 1988-89 cabinet documents, released on Thursday by the National Archives, show Bob Hawke’s Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet was deeply suspicious of the attorney general’s guidelines to extend Asio’s powers to cover Australian citizens but the cabinet’s security committee approved the decision. The cabinet also approved related rules on intelligence gathered by the country’s overseas intelligence agency, the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (Asis). In 1988-89 the cold war was still alive but waning. Carrier-neutral Internet data service 21Vianet raises $296M from Kingsoft, Xiaomi, and Temasek | VentureBeat | Deals | by VentureBeat.

Lei Jun (Board Chairman of Kingsoft and Xiaomi), Chen Sheng (Board Chairman & CEO of 21Vianet), Zhang Hongjiang (CEO of Kingsoft and Kingsoft Cloud) 21Vianet Group (Nasdaq:VNET), a leading carrier-neutral internet data services provider in China, has announced that it has entered into share purchase agreements with Kingsoft, Xiaomi and Temasek. The three investors will inject a total of US$296 million of funding into 21Vianet. Kingsoft agreed to a US$172 million investment for a 11.6% stake in 21Vianet. Xiaomi invested US$50 million into a 3.4% stake, while Temasek will invest US$74 million for a 13.1% share of the company. Following the deal, 21Vianet will build, operate, maintain and provide technical support for new, state-of-art data centers in China to meet the next-generation cloud infrastructure requirements of Kingsoft and designated third parties. He also announced that Xiaomi Cloud now has a storage capacity of 47PB and provides service for almost 68 million users.

Trial for paperless court. Trial for paperless court. New Zealand to hold flag referendum in 2016. 28 October 2014Last updated at 23:20 ET New Zealand's flag incorporates the Union Flag of the UK New Zealand is to hold a binding referendum in 2016 on whether to change the national flag. The announcement by Prime Minister John Key of the referendum came after his government last month won a third term in a general election. A panel of "respected New Zealanders" will lead the public discussion on potential designs for a new flag. Mr Key has previously said he would like to see a new flag featuring a silver fern, on a black background. That would be similar to the banner already used by many New Zealand teams such as the All Blacks national rugby union team. "I believe that this is the right time for New Zealanders to consider changing the [flag's] design to one that better reflects our status as a modern, independent nation," Mr Key said.

Some in New Zealand would prefer to see the silver fern on their national flag "Many Australians have fought and died under that flag, sadly," she said. Met Office £97 Million Supercomputer Can Do 16,000 Trillion Sums A Second. Weather forecast blunders will become a thing of the past when a new £97 million "supercomputer" is up and running next year, the Met Office has said. The Cray XC40 will be 13 times more powerful than the one currently used by meteorologists and will be able to perform more than 16,000 trillion calculations per second. Met Office chief executive Rob Varley said: "We are very excited about this new investment in UK science. "It will lead to a step change in weather forecasting and climate prediction and give us the capability to strengthen our collaborations with partners in the South West, UK and around the world.

Above: the Met office thinks its new machine can make events like this more predictable than ever "The new supercomputer, together with improved observations, science and modelling, will deliver better forecasts and advice to support UK business, the public and government. "It will help to make the UK more resilient to high impact weather and other environmental risks. " Job centres to get digital makeover. Head of civil service: technology now central to government services | Technology. The head of the UK civil service, cabinet secretary Jeremy Heywood, has admitted that the service’s use of technology has lagged behind the business world for too long, and stated its commitment to the work of the Government Digital Service. Heywood pushed the idea of “government as a platform” – a central service that links all aspects of customer-facing government instead of running a series of disjointed silos as it has done in the past.

“Things are changing in the Civil Service. Government is adopting new ideas and new ways of working to make everything we do better for users, and more efficient,” said Heywood in a blog post. “Many in the world of business understood this and adapted to it years ago. The Civil Service lagged behind. ‘At the heart of all this change are the users’ GDS has established a set of standards and practices for the design and use of various government sites, with gov.uk the highest profile model for new services.

‘Government as a platform’ Politics of Germany. The constitution emphasizes the protection of individual liberty in an extensive catalogue of human and civil rights and divides powers both between the federal and state levels and between the legislative, executive and judicial branches. It can "be understood as the downright opposite to Nazi totalitarism and was designed up to its details to learn from historical experience and to eliminate any possibility of such a wrong once and for all. "[1] Recent history[edit] 1998–2005[edit] After 17 years of the Christian–Liberal coalition, led by Helmut Kohl, the Social Democrats together with the Greens won the elections of 1998.

Initial problems of the new government, marked by policy disputes between the moderate and traditional left wings of the SPD, resulted in some voter disaffection. The next election for the Bundestag was on 22 September 2002. 2005–09[edit] On 22 May 2005 the SPD received a devastating defeat in its former heartland, North Rhine-Westphalia. 2009–13[edit] 2013-present[edit] Tech firms want 'digital ministers' and easier migration. 15 September 2014Last updated at 19:00 ET By Dave Lee Technology reporter, BBC News Efforts in east London have helped but more needs to be done across the UK, TechUK said An influential group of major technology firms is calling on the UK to appoint "digital ministers" in every government department.

TechUK - which represents more than 850 companies - also demanded rules to allow more skilled technology workers into the country. "You've got to make sure the UK becomes a hub for digital skills," said TechUK chief executive Julian David. The proposals will be presented to ministers on Tuesday. Mr David said current options for migrating digital works - such as a special Entrepreneurs' Visa to help start-ups - was not going far enough.

"My members tell me it helps, but start-ups find it difficult to plot their way through the bureaucracy and the cost. " Bigger companies, he said, complained the process took too long. More than London "We've got fantastic capability in clusters around the country. America’s Tech Guru Steps Down—But He’s Not Done Rebooting the Government | Enterprise. Category:Australia government stubs. Cost of elections Australia. Mick Gooda pushes referendum on Indigenous recognition for 2015. NT to shift public servants out of Darwin to ease traffic congestion. Chancellor of Germany. Cabinet of Germany. Politics of Germany. Category:Government ministries of Germany. Federal Ministries - Deutschland.de - Your link to Germany. List of British governments. Category:British ministries. List of Canadian ministries. Mobil | Homepage. Category:British ministries.

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