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Viettel, Nokia team up on Vietnam’s first 5G broadcast

20 September 2019 in Business Telecommunications

Vietnam’s largest mobile network operator Viettel and Nokia have broadcast the first end-to-end 5G network in Ho Chi Minh City…

Kyckr completes $5.2 million capital raise via share placement

20 September 2019 in Listed Tech

Australian-listed technology regulation company Kyckr has completed a $5.2 million capital raising led by investor and founder and CEO of…

ACMA acts against telco Infinity Telecom over industry rules breach

20 September 2019 in Telecoms & NBN

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has taken action against Sydney-based telco Infinity Telecom for breaching industry rules requiring…

Sites hit by card-skimming being re-used for malicious activity

20 September 2019 in Security

Sites that have been decommissioned due to attacks by the card-skimming attack group Magecart are being hijacked and re-used for…

Traffic, transport infrastructure get green light for NBN connection

19 September 2019 in Telecoms & NBN

Operators of traffic signals, automatic teller machines and a range of other specialised devices can now connect to select services…

Regulatory ‘certainty’ a must to attract Asian investors to Australia: Huawei chairman

19 September 2019 in Business Telecommunications

Huawei Australia chairman John Lord says that Australia cannot turn its back on Asia’s fast growing technological innovation, but warned…

Simjacker – Australians are safe

19 September 2019 in Security

All three Australian telcos have confirmed that Simjacker cannot hurt their customers.

US sues Snowden over not getting book vetted by CIA, NSA

18 September 2019 in Government Tech Policy

The US Government has filed a case against whistleblower Edward Snowden for publishing a book without first submitting it to…

Oracle sets sights on cloud domination

18 September 2019 in Enterprise Cloud

Global enterprise database and application provider, Oracle, has unleashed its vision to build the autonomous cloud, signalling an underlying ambition…

Ericsson China 'smart' factory now operational

18 September 2019 in Manufacturing Technology

Swedish tech giant Ericsson says it has completed a 500 million kroner (US $51.5 million) transformation of its “smart” manufacturing…

Online spending on digital, physical goods forecast to pass US$6 trillion by 2024

18 September 2019 in Market

The total global transaction value of online payments for digital and physical goods will exceed US$6 trillion by 2024 –…

5G ‘unlikely’ significant threat to NBN Co business, privatisation talk 'premature': minister

17 September 2019 in Business Telecommunications

The minister responsible for delivery of the national broadband network says the introduction of 5G services in Australia is unlikely…

NBN price cuts for wholesale NBN services good news for ‘budget conscious’ households, says minister

17 September 2019 in Telecoms & NBN

NBN Co’s flagging of proposed lower wholesaler pricing for some broadband network entry level product bundles is good news for…

Ola integrates Apple Pay in rideshare platform for Australia, NZ

17 September 2019 in Market

Rideshare platform Ola has integrated Apple Pay as a payment method in Australia and New Zealand in what it says…

NBN Co proposes discounts to broadband network wholesale prices

17 September 2019 in Telecoms & NBN

Australia's national broadband network builder and operator NBN Co is proposing to introduce significant discounts and extra capacity inclusions across…

Contracting in the ascendancy as tech skills shortage takes hold, says recruiter

17 September 2019 in Recruitment

Australian businesses are being held back by the country’s tech skills shortage, with many businesses now looking to skilled migration…

Vic drivers' licence data to be used for facial recognition

17 September 2019 in Technology Regulation

Data from drivers' licences issued in Victoria will be uploaded to the Federal Government's National Driver Licence Facial Recognition Solution,…

Mimecast aims to capitalise on Symantec sale and grab customers

17 September 2019 in Enterprise Solutions

Email security provider Mimecast has gone in hard in a bid to capitalise on the proposed sale of Symantec's enterprise…

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30iGala - Remembering Internet history: Peter Coroneos video interviews Alex Zaharov-Reutt

20 September 2019 in Development

In a role reversal, the organiser of the 30th Anniversary of the Internet Gala Dinner on October 31, Peter Coroneos,…

ARENA allocates $460.5k to Alliance for Energy Productivity

20 September 2019 in Energy

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has allocated $460,500 in funding to the Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity (A2EP) to…

ownCloud, Securosys enable encryption through hardware security modules

20 September 2019 in Cloud

Open-source file syncing and sharing software company ownCloud has tied up with Swiss IT security vendor Securosys SA to offer…

Barracuda launches MSP business in Australia, NZ

20 September 2019 in Strategy

Cloud security and data protection solutions vendor Barracuda Networks has launched its managed service provider (MSP) business into Australia and…

New group using Windows malware to attack Saudi targets: claim

20 September 2019 in Security

A hitherto unknown group that has been dubbed Tortoiseshell is using both customised and common Windows malware to target IT…

Switkowski reappointed as chair of NBN Co

19 September 2019 in People Moves

Telecommunications executive Dr Ziggy Switkowski has been reappointed for another three years as Chair of NBN Co, the builders and…

Your employer may neglect training, but you can't: analyst

19 September 2019 in Education

IT workers need to develop cloud-related skills — on their own time if necessary — if they are to remain…

Windows ransomware WannaCry still spreading, but the kick has gone

19 September 2019 in Security

The infamous ransomware WannaCry, which burst on to the world stage in May 2017, is still very much alive and…

Bloomberg reporter who wrote Supermicro supply chain yarn promoted

19 September 2019 in Security

The American news agency Bloomberg has promoted one of the two journalists who wrote a story last year claiming that…

Pure Storage moves up and down market

19 September 2019 in Storage & Cloud Storage

New products from Pure Storage variously address customers' diverse requirements for higher performance and lower cost storage.

OPPO unveils new wired, wireless charging technologies

19 September 2019 in Mobility

Smartphone maker OPPO claims its next generation of flash charge technologies — 65W SuperVOOC Fast Charge 2.0 and 30W Wireless…

Tableau 2019.3 explains itself

18 September 2019 in Business Software

New features in the 2019.3 release of the Tableau analytics software include the ability to explain the value of a…

Equinix extends Oracle Cloud Infrastructure global reach, spanning five continents

18 September 2019 in Deals

Global interconnection and data centre provider, Equinix, today announced its role in enabling enterprises across five continents to privately connect…

Automation Anywhere appoints industry veteran as first chief strategy officer

18 September 2019 in People Moves

Robotic process automation (RPA) company Automation Anywhere has appointed industry veteran Stephen DeWitt as its first chief strategy officer.

Non-cash payments market boom, but banks ‘reluctant’ to embrace open banking

18 September 2019 in Market

The global transaction volume of non-cash payments is growing rapidly, including in Australia, with non-cash transactions booming and competition flourishing,…

Huawei donates funds to Deaf Australia

18 September 2019 in Strategy

Huawei Australia is donating over $34,000 to Deaf Australia following its partnership with the charity and the Canberra Raiders in…

Swinburne gains Adobe Creative Campus status

18 September 2019 in Education

Swinburne University of Technology has become the first university in Australia to achieve Adobe Creative Campus status as part of…

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Zebra execs talk blockchain, automation, AR/VR and more at APPFORUM 2019

18 September 2019 in Enterprise Solutions

At Zebra's AppForum events around the world, the company shares how its customers are, and can, gain an "intelligent edge…

Stallman quits FSF, MIT over comments on sexual assault

18 September 2019 in Open Source

The founder of the free software movement, Richard Stallman, has resigned both from his position at the Massachusetts Institute of…

Woman held over alleged ID fraud after AFP, ASIC investigation

18 September 2019 in Security

A Melbourne woman aged 21 has been arrested in connection with a fraud and identity theft syndicate which allegedly stole…

Satellite operator Kleos signs first South American contract

18 September 2019 in Space

Australian-listed space technology operator Kleos Space has signed its first South American order, with an order by a Brazillian-based integrator.

 

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Splunk equips Global Emancipation Network in the fight against human trafficking

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Non-profit anti-trafficking organisation, the Global Emancipation Network, or GEN, has launched a new Splunk-powered technology platform aimed at fighting the evils of human slavery through data analytics.

The evils of human trafficking cannot be under-estimated. While to any civilised person it is incomprehensible how anyone could ever seek to enslave another, the reality is around 21 million women, men and children are trafficked annually in a US$150 billion “business.”

Yet, as incomprehensible and as inconceivable as the atrocities committed by human against human are, there is some relief in knowing organisations like GEN exist, and that technologists can contribute their time and skills to this work to bring about good in the world.

This week GEN introduced Minerva, a human trafficking investigation platform to facilitate collaboration across public, private and non-profit agencies around the globe.

Minerva is powered by the big data aggregator and analytics platform, Splunk, receiving software and support under the Splunk4Good program, and Splunk’s 2016 pledge to donate US$100 million over 10 years for research, education and non-profits.

Specifically, Minerva uses advanced data analytics and intelligence to aid local and federal law enforcement, government agencies, non-profits, commercial organisations and academic institutions with counter-trafficking missions to host and explore millions of trafficking-related data records and use customised search, alerting, geolocation and other capabilities, all in the fight against exploitation.

“My life mission and that of Global Emancipation Network is to completely eradicate human trafficking with a weapon not yet used properly in the fight: data and analytics,” said Sherrie Caltagirone, founder and executive director, Global Emancipation Network.

“By arming law enforcement and its allies with newly-accessible critical information, we are going to disrupt this heinous multi-billion dollar black market industry which affects millions of lives. Thank you to Splunk for its endless support of our mission through technology, community and collaboration.”

These capabilities include:

  1. advertisement analysis –  Analyses advertisements from the deep and open web, where most trafficking cases originate and extracts data such as user, location, account and other identifying information;
  2. image processing tools – processes images of victims to reduce the time users spend analysing photographs and manually linking them to advertisements. Minerva integrates image analysis tools to tag photographs with characteristics to expedite database search, and reverse image search to identify similar images;
  3. text analysis tools and natural language processing – extracts text in images from advertisements and flags correlations with missing person reports and other valuable information; and
  4. multi-tenant system informing trend analysis – allows all Minerva users to store their information securely on the same database at the same time, enabling secure, multi-agency collaboration on shared investigations.

Minerva protects case-sensitive information and monitors usage patterns, ensuring the security and privacy of its data.

“The Global Emancipation Network is a powerful example of how, through the power of data, we can solve the world’s most complex and notoriously opaque problems,” said Doug Merritt, president and chief executive, Splunk. “[It] is making a worldwide impact, and Splunk is proud to support their efforts to eradicate human trafficking through technology.”

Minerva is free of charge to qualified organisations with valid human trafficking investigation programs.

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