Home Vendor submitted release National Charity AbilityNet announces Martha Lane Fox and Sir Terry Pratchett as patrons

Featured IT News

Blue Prism sets up in Sydney to boost Asia Pacific presence

20 January 2017 in Strategy

UK-headquartered robotic process automation software company Blue Prism has expanded its presence in the Asia Pacific region with the opening…

Daniel Springer signs on as top man at DocuSign

20 January 2017 in People Moves

Global eSignature and Digital Transaction Management (DTM) company DocuSign has appointed 25-year SaaS industry veteran and former Responsys CEO Daniel…

Innovation agenda a key part of Sinodinos role as new Industry Minister

19 January 2017 in Strategy

The new Federal Industry Minister Arthur Sinodinos has responsibility for innovation and science after being appointed to the industry portfolio…

Metadata ruling 'an analog decision in a digital age'

19 January 2017 in Government Tech Policy

The Australian Privacy Foundation has described the Federal Court's judgment that key metadata is not personal information as an effective…

GetUp gets set to help fight debt collection drive

19 January 2017 in Government Tech Policy

The activist group GetUp has set up an automated online tool using which people who have received automated debt notices…

All metadata is not personal, Federal Court rules

19 January 2017 in Government Tech Policy

The Australian Federal Court has effectively ruled that part of the metadata of an individual stored by telecommunications companies does…

Gmail phishing scam may be automated

19 January 2017 in Security

Gmail users have been targeted by a highly effective phishing scam that, once it works, attempts to infect all those…

Organisations ‘ill-prepared’ to defend against mobile, IoT application security threats

19 January 2017 in Security

Many organisations are ill-prepared to defend against mobile and IoT application security threats, according to a study from the Ponemon…

Rainbow flag emoji toxic to iPhone

19 January 2017 in Mobility

A three-character text message used to create a rainbow flag emoji when sent to an iOS 10.x device can crash…

Breaking IT News

Video: Dyson searching for 110 smart software engineers to launch 100 new products

20 January 2017 in Home Tech

The smartest consumer appliances company, Dyson, is about to get a whole lot smarter still, with 100 products to launch…

OPPO R9s – “s” for svelte, six-string

19 January 2017 in Mobility

OPPO’s new R9s is one of the best premium, mid-range smartphones focusing on camera performance, battery life, a 5.5” AMOLED…

Schneider Electric, HPE collaborate on micro data centre

19 January 2017 in Data Centres

Global energy management company Schneider Electric and Hewlett Packard Enterprise are collaborating to create a Micro Datacentre solution which they…

ServiceNow soaks up DxContinuum

19 January 2017 in Deals

Cloud business software provider ServiceNow has agreed to acquire intelligent automation company DxContinuum.

Fruitfly – old code, new malware for macOS

19 January 2017 in Security

Apple has released a security update for macOS to swat an old, previously undiscovered malware dubbed Fruitfly, parts of which…

Android 7.x grows up – compliance and security are the key

19 January 2017 in Mobility

Google has mandated even more “compliance” by device makers with the release of its updated Android 7.1 Compatibility Definition document…

Deputy gains US$25M investment from US venture firm

19 January 2017 in Deals

Sydney-based workforce management system provider Deputy has attracted a US$25 million investment from US venture firm OpenView.

Weight of govt bureaucracy, taxation rates hindering SMBs

19 January 2017 in Accounting Software

The top three issues that will create the biggest challenge for Australian small businesses in 2017 are lack of business…

Dropsuite teams with Atomia in platform partnership

18 January 2017 in Strategy

Australian cloud software platform provider Dropsuite is rolling out its suite of back-up products through a partnership with Sweden-based hosting…

Downloads deliver US$89 billion to publishers in one year

18 January 2017 in Apps

Publishers generated revenues of more than US$89 billion globally from app downloads and usage last year as downloads reached 90…

Aopen reveals 'enterprise grade' Chrome OS devices

18 January 2017 in Hardware

Aopen's latest Chrome devices are billed as providing small businesses with enterprise-grade reliability and features at an affordable price.

Merlicek moves up as APJ CTO at Tibco

18 January 2017 in People Moves

Integration and API management specialist Tibco Software has appointed Robert Merlicek as chief technology officer for Asia Pacific and Japan.

Govt proposing automation for health dept

18 January 2017 in Government Tech Policy

The Australian Government is proposing to extend the use of automation based on big data, to the health department, even…

Aussie consumers have privacy, security concerns with Augmented Reality

18 January 2017 in Internet of Things

Australian consumers are concerned about security and privacy with the growing use of Augmented Reality-enhanced Internet of Things devices, according…

Money for nothing: IT employee's demand after sacking

18 January 2017 in Security

A former IT employee of the Indianapolis-based American College of Education demanded US$200,000 to unlock a system on which he…

Continuum to drive APAC expansion from new Sydney regional HQ

18 January 2017 in Strategy

Global IT services delivery platform provider Continuum is expanding its business in the Asia Pacific region with the opening of…

NexDock to harness Intel Compute Card

18 January 2017 in Home Tech

NexDock will provide a range of chassis for Intel’s new modular compute cards at a fraction of the cost of…

There is always a catch with free Wi-Fi

18 January 2017 in Security

Sydney Buses now have free Wi-Fi courtesy of Catch Oz but there is a catch – it is strongly advertising…

Square goes omnichannel with new APIs

18 January 2017 in Business Software

Payment technology company Square now allows merchants to use the same platform to accept online and in-person payments.

Tait secures NT mobile comms system contract

17 January 2017 in Deals

Northern Territory energy group, Power and Water Corporation, is upgrading its mobile workforce communications system with a solution designed and…

E-waste jumps 63% in past 5 years

17 January 2017 in Health

E-waste in the Asia/Oceania region in 2015 totalled 12.3 million tonnes, 2.4 times the weight of the Great Pyramid of…

Tech21 cock-a-hoop over snazzy Chinese New Year iPhone case

17 January 2017 in Home Tech

The year 2017 is the Chinese "Year of the Rooster", and tech21 is crowing loudly over its nifty new iPhone…

Aussie Vodafone early morning outage: 17 ‘not happy’ Jan

17 January 2017 in Telecoms & NBN

The 17th of January 2017 or 17-1-17 is the first major outage to make news for Vodafone in 2017, and…

One device for all tasks: when will it emerge?

17 January 2017 in Open Sauce

It would be nice to think that some manufacturer, somewhere, would this year come up with a device which makes…

National disability and e-accessibility Charity, AbilityNet is delighted to welcome Digital Champion Martha Lane Fox and bestselling fantasy author Sir Terry Prachett OBE as Patrons

October 6th 2011 - National disability and e-accessibility Charity, AbilityNet, is delighted to welcome Digital Champion Martha Lane Fox and bestselling fantasy author Sir Terry Prachett OBE as Patrons, announces Chairman Dr Michael R Taylor.

Martha Lane Fox, whose Race Online 2012 campaign aims to facilitate internet access for all UK citizens and Sir Terry Pratchett, himself a keen user of adapted computer technology, are both enthusiastic supporters of the Charity's work with disabled people and those with accessibility needs.

Says Martha: 'Nearly half of the 8.7 million adults in the UK who have never used the Internet are disabled. AbilityNet's pioneering work is playing a crucial role in reducing digital exclusion by enabling people with disabling conditions to access technology with the adjustments and adaptations they need.

'For those with limited mobility, the internet is a vital link with the outside world as I discovered for myself when recovering from a serious accident. In the same vein, I have observed the transformative impact that technology (in the form of a smart phone) is having on my tetraplegic uncle's quality of life.'

'Discworld' creator, Sir Terry Pratchett, has become a devotee of voice recognition technology since losing his ability to type effectively - a symptom of his Alzheimer's diagnosis. He said recently that should his dexterity return he would have absolutely no interest in returning to the keyboard: 'I'm on my third book using this technology - it's my right hand now!'

Says AbilityNet CEO, Nigel Lewis: 'As the leading experts in e-access for people with disabilities and accessibility needs, we are acutely aware of the empowering influence of digital technology. Whether at home, at work or in education, full access to computers and the internet can be life changing - economically, socially and psychologically.'

'The Board of Trustees are thrilled and honoured to welcome Martha and Sir Terry as Patrons and know that with their commitment and enthusiasm, they will make an invaluable contribution to the Charity going forward.'


Download an information pack to learn more about how you can offer competitive 4G plans to your customers.

> everything you need to operate your own 4G telco

> support for you and your customers

> billing, back-end and full compliance.



Download an in-depth guide to managing a healthy, motivated and energetic workforce without breaking the bank.







Join the iTWire Community and be part of the latest news, invites to exclusive events, whitepapers and educational materials and oppertunities.
Why do I want to receive this daily update?
  • The latest features from iTWire
  • Free whitepaper downloads
  • Industry opportunities