Perth council facial recognition trial greeted with concern and scepticism

Perth City council is pressing ahead with a trial of facial recognition technology to be installed in cameras across East Perth, despite concerns from privacy experts and local residents.

The network of 30 cameras is set to go live within weeks, amid complaints there has been no proper local consultation since the plans were revealed last year.

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How a broken park swing gave this entrepreneur an idea

According to Aussie business owner Danny Gorog, “an app is for life, not just for Christmas”.

And Gorog would know, being the former director of app design giant Outware Mobile, and now the founder and chief executive of Snap Send Solve, a Melbourne startup helping Australian citizens report issues from their neighbourhood to their local council.

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Cisco to boost Australian digital transformation

Networking giant Cisco plans to spend $61 million over the next three years to boost digital transformation in Australia.

The local part of Cisco’s Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) program will focus on inclusive growth, skills development and innovation.

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Artificial intelligence set to speed up development approvals

Slow development approvals and inconsistent planning decisions could soon be a thing of the past, with disruptive technologies set to streamline urban planning.

Artificial intelligence could soon be sophisticated enough to semi-automate urban planning processes, better predicting the effects of a proposed development and fast-tracking approvals.

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New gender council has local government in its sights

Australia’s first independent body committed to gender equality is set to partner with councils to help get more women into elected and executive roles. The Australian Gender Equality Council is Australia’s first independent national body supporting the achievement of gender equality through national campaigns based on research.

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