Oz Startup News – Tuesday, 11 December 2018

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Encryption: Tech sector is reeling

 

The Australian tech sector has been left reeling following the shock passage of controversial encryption legislation last week, with fears the new laws will do “significant damage” to the industry.
The sector is now looking to become more politically active and galvanize the current public outcry in order to lobby for a watering down of the contentious new powers.
By Denham Sadler from InnovationAus

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Brisbane’s Conpago is using robotics to help reduce isolation in aged care

Loneliness and isolation is a key issue among the elderly: a UK report cited studies that suggest around five to 16 percent of the older population is lonely, while Australian Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt last year told the National Press Club that up to 40 percent of people in aged care facilities do not receive any visitors.
Co-founded by Mackenzie Jackson and Marley Brown, Brisbane startup Conpago aims to reduce loneliness and enable connection among the elderly living in aged care facilities.

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By Gina Baldassarre from Startup Daily

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10 Answers To The Top Startup Questions

 

Jon Westenberg answers ten questions on startups. In this article he covers everything from outsourcing development work, to what are the early warning signs that a startup with fail and how to pitch investors.

By Jon Westenberg

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ACCC sets target: Google, Facebook

A powerful new regulatory body would be established to oversee tech giants like Google and Facebook as part of far-reaching reforms recommended by Australia’s competition watchdog to curtail the market dominance of the tech giants.
The ACCC has released its draft report as part of its “world-first” digital platforms inquiry. Its recommendations include the strengthening of privacy laws, a new Ombudsman, better transparency around data practices, and amended merger rules.
By Denham Sadler from InnovationAus

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Here’s how blockchain can return confidence to Australia’s food industry

It has been a challenging year for Australia’s food industry. News of needles in strawberries and fake honey – has put the livelihoods of farmers and the industry’s broader reputation at stake. While tighter safety regulations and more stringent self-checks have a part to play, it is increasingly clear that better traceability and transparency could help Australia’s food supply chains prevent future incidents like these from disrupting business owners’ and consumers’ lives.
One possible source of that transparency? Blockchain.

By Business Insider

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Local tech firms win Nobel prizes

Local tech firms win Nobel prizes Biomedical company Trimph, health insight firm Prospection, and agrifood tech business Moisture Planting Technologies were each awarded Nobel prizes during a special Nobel Gala on Thursday evening in Sydney.
The event, which was hosted by Cicada Innovations with permission by the official Nobel gala held annually in Sweden, handed out three category awards. Here they are….

By Amiee Chanthadavong from InnovationAus

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