Tracking the telecoms industry since 1989, Stuart has been awarded Journalist Of The Year by the Australian Telecommunications Users Group (twice) and by the Service Providers Action Network. In 2010 he received the 'Kester' lifetime achievement award in the Consensus IT Writers Awards and was made a Lifetime Member of the Telecommunications Society of Australia. He was born in the UK, came to Australia in 1980 and has been here ever since.
The recent intellectual property suit filed against ZTE in Australia by 'patent troll' Vringo has brought the contentious issue of patent trolls to our shores from the US where feral trolls are such a pest that the Obama Administration is trying to get legislation through Congress that will curb their actions, but that is not going to be easy. Patent trolls are protean creatures. One man's patent troll is another man's legitimate licensor of intellectual property.
MOOCs: massive, open online courses. And that's according to no lesser personage than Bob Metcalfe, widely recognised as the co-inventor of ethernet and the formulator of the prediction on networking now known as Metcalfe's Law.
Flexible IT policies are becoming a key factor, along with established incentives like pay and perks, to help employers retain staff, according to a Google-commissioned survey of Australian workers.