Each year Women in Technology WA (WiTWA) hosts the Tech [+] Awards as a way to shine a light on the diversity of women who work in tech roles and organisations in Western Australia. This event showcases the incredible talent of women in various technology industries.

There are currently four categories for people who identify as women in tech [+] in Western Australia:

  • Tech [+] 20 – the 20 nominees who get the highest scores from the judging panel
  • First Among Equals – highest score of all from judging panel
  • Outstanding Youth Role Model – highest who is 25 or younger – does not have to be top 20
  • Outstanding Regional Role Model – highest who is regional – does not have to be top 20
  • People’s Choice – highest number of votes by the people/community

The lack of gender balance is not just a problem for women, so in 2020, WiTWA added a new award to shine a light on their allies. The Outstanding Allyship Award – open to anyone who does not identify as a woman.

If you would like further information on the WiTWA Tech [+] Awards or would like to nominate someone, please visit the WiTWA website.

Nominations close Sunday, August 8 2021, at 11:55pm AWST.

The WiTWA Tech [+] Awards Gala Night:

Date: Friday, 5 November 2021
Time: 7:00pm AWST

Please register your interest here.

Are you concerned with the existing threats to our Internet? How about the growth challenges, structural problems, and competing interests arising from commercial, social, and regulatory forces?

Join us as our very own Narelle Clark discusses both current and future challenges of the modern Internet and reviews practical solutions, suitable for both citizens and network builders and operators.

This event is set to be engaging, informative, and a must-attend for those with vested interests in the internet.

Date: Tuesday, 17 August 2021
Time: 4:00pm AWST / 6:00pm AEST
Location: Online

If you would like to attend, please register here.

For more information on this event, please see the Australian Computer Society website or contact us at events@internet.asn.au

We look forward to seeing you there!

Earlier this year, our Internet Service Provider (ISP) members were granted eligibility to join the ACCC’s broadband monitoring program. Prior to this, only larger ISPs could participate, providing them with a competitive, marketable advantage.

Following our successful appeal to the ACCC, several members have become eligible to join the program, and we encourage our members to do so. This program provides the opportunity for greater internet performance transparency, allowing smaller ISPs to participate actively and be included in the MBA reports. It further enables members to include speed and technical quality in marketing collateral alongside the bigger players.

For a detailed explanation of this program, check out our 2020 event Life Under Lockdown: how good is our internet.

If you would like to join the program, please contact the ACCC directly at BroadbandPerformance@accc.gov.au

This year’s Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) and Scams Awareness Network’s (SAN) Scams Awareness Week will be held the week of 8 – 12 November 2021.

The theme for this year is let’s talk scams, to encourage all Australians to talk about scams with family, friends, and colleagues to raise awareness, educate, and empower consumers to protect themselves.

ACCC’s Scamwatch reported that Australians lost $176.1 million to scams last year, up by 23.1 per cent from 2019. Statistics like these provide a good reminder that scams are ongoing, very active, and are becoming more sophisticated.

Our association is continuing to be a campaign partner of Scams Awareness Week and will provide several resources from the ACCC over the coming months. These resources provide information that you can use to protect yourself and others from falling victim to scams. We encourage all our ISP members to check the content and share it with your customers.

If you would like any further information about current scams or would like to see scam statistics within Australia, please refer to the ACCC website.

This year we are proud to launch our new IAASysters@AusNOG program. This program is based on the international systers.org and systers@IETF programs and offers ten sponsored attendees the opportunity to participate in both the AusNOG conference and our IAASysters@AusNOG workshop.  

As avid sponsors and attendees of the AusNOG conference, we have noticed declining participation rates from certain sectors of our industry in previous years. As our Association has a proud heritage of advocacy and is passionate about cultivating a more inclusive internet industry, we created the IAASysters@AusNOG program to support and enable women to access the valuable technical content and business networking opportunities that come from the AusNOG conference. 

Sponsored attendees will receive: 

  • Economy airfares to Sydney and three nights accommodation for interstate participants 
  • Admission to the AusNOG conference (April 6-7)
  • Admission to the IAASysters@AusNOG workshop (April 5)
  • A one-year complimentary Professional membership to IAA – subject to Board approval. 

An essential part of our program is the IAASysters@AusNOG workshop. This is a one-day event; offering targeted technical and presentation skills training in addition to a career planning session delivered by industry professionals, designed to help you advance your career. 

Whether you are at the beginning of your career, yet to begin or starting again, the IAASysters@AusNOG program offers a variety of opportunities designed to boost your knowledge, skills, and confidence. 

Due to the current Covid-19 situation in New South Wales, the program dates have changed to be in line with the AusNOG conference in April 2022.  

Details for the IAASysters@AusNOG workshop: 

Date: Tuesday, 5 April 2022
Time: 9:00am AEST – 3:00pm AEST
Location: The Fullerton Hotel, Sydney 

The application deadline has been extended and applications will now close on 31 Sunday, October 2021, 5:00pm AEDT.  

For more information or to apply, please visit the IAASysters@AusNOG information page on our website.  

The Internet Association of Australia is pleased to announce that it will transition to a company limited by guarantee.

Members of the Association voted to support the transition at the Special General Meeting held Wednesday 28 July 2021.

This means we will be governed by the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) and become a company limited by guarantee. The transition reflects the national growth the Association has undergone over recent years and now represents members across Australia.

A special thank you to all the members that contributed to this process, providing input through our various member consultations and workshops, taking the time to vote and attend the meeting.

IAA has been notified of the upcoming closure of Primus DC, located at 55 King Street, Melbourne.

Vocus has advised us that we need to vacate the premises by 30 September 2021. Unfortunately, this means members with ports within the data centre will be affected as IAA will no longer be able to offer services from this facility after that date.

Rest assured that we are working hard to ensure service continuity despite the closure and request that members with a current service at 55 King Street migrate to any of our other sites on VIC-IX. All location options can be found on our website.

If you require any further information or assistance with your migration, please get in touch at peering@ix.asn.au

If you have a service in our shared space in Global Switch Sydney, it’s time to be on the move! Notices have been issued to all members who are affected and have been advised that the date for shutdown is Thursday, January 27 2022. If you need to relocate your services, please choose one of our established permanent racks or another alternative location.

Unfortunately, these racks are no longer feasible for us to operate as they are not backed by a contract, are physically shared, and are poorly documented. They are not capable of providing the level of service members expect from us as they are restricted by the multi-tenanted nature of Global Switch, which has caused issues with the design and resilience. Additionally, the switching hardware has also reached the end of life and will not be utilised in future on the IX.

If you have any questions or require any assistance, please get in touch with our tech team at peering@ix.asn.au

We are happy to announce that Aussie Broadband has delivered two new transit services to IAA. Over the next month, our engineers will be working towards migrating AS10084 to the new paths, and any members affected by the changes will be notified accordingly.

Using the new paths means we can reduce complexity by retiring old hardware and standardise the hardware in use for the AS10084 across Australia.

Once this network is up and running, we plan to increase visibility to our members by providing shiny new, advanced looking glasses – Hyperglass!

July’s Advocacy Corner Update

Submissions which may be of interest to our members include:  

ACMA has an open consultation for their Statement of Expectations for Consumer Vulnerability. The purpose of this is to outline expectations for how the telecommunications industry should support vulnerable consumers, especially in the areas of internal business practices, selling and contracting, customer service, financial hardship and disconnection. This stems from ACMA’s efforts in ensuring telecommunication providers comply with the Telecommunications Consumer Protections (TCP) Code, especially for supporting vulnerable consumers.  

Home Affairs released a discussion paper on Strengthening Australia’s cyber security regulations and incentiveswhich focuses on how to make Australia’s digital economy more resilient from lower sophisticated cyber threats. The paper focuses on the sectors not covered by the sector-specific legislation, particularly on the ways stronger incentives can be created for Australian businesses to invest in and improve their cybersecurity. Home Affairs proposes this can be addressed by setting clear minimum expectations for businesses managing cyber security risks, providing clearer information about the security of technology practices and clear legal remedies for consumers after a cyber security incident. It might run to certification schemes or even extending consumer guarantees and rights for demonstrably insecure IoT equipment, for example. 

Treasury has begun its sectoral assessment to decide whether the Consumer Data Rights (CDR) should extend to the telecommunications sector. The CDR is a reform which gives consumers a right to consent to data held about them by Australian businesses being shared with accredited third parties, so they can directly access benefits such as having access to better value or personalised products/ services. This process will seek to understand what should be considered ‘telecommunications data’, who holds that data and what data should be designated and shared securely when a customer requests it. Hopefully it will assist consumers in transferring between providers, making the market more contestable by smaller ISPs. 

If you would like more information on any of the above, or to express your thoughts, please reach out via policy@internet.asn.au.