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30 Jan

ACS appears at Data Retention hearings calling for focus on ethics and professionalism

by launch-admin Jan 30, 2015 0 News, Uncategorized





Australia, 30 January 2015: The Australian Computer Society (ACS) has called for a greater focus on trust and ethics in regards to professionals working with sensitive data as hearings continue into proposed changes to Data Retention legislation. The ACS President Brenda Aynsley OAM appeared before the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, on Thursday January 29.


In her evidence Ms Aynsley said: “The very sensitive nature of this data means that we need to trust that these practitioners will operate with the highest standards of ethics and professionalism.  We need to be confident that important privacy and security principles are not breached.  Breaches will heighten concerns, which already exist in the community about this legislation and therefore potentially undermine the Government’s efforts to provide agencies with the tools they need to fulfil their roles. We’ve heard this afternoon, and I’m sure you’ve heard on many occasions, the fear, uncertainty and doubt that exists in the minds of those who’ve appeared before you and those that have reported on your work. So for the very same reasons that there are well established processes, systems and standards in place to ensure the highest levels of professionalism and ethics amongst our doctors, lawyers and engineers, so too do we now need to start regarding elements of ICT practice in the same way.”


In response to questioning form the Committee Chair, Mr Dan Tehan MP, Ms Aynsley identified the current confusion around the definition of content and metadata.


“We need a clear definition from the Committee on what is content and what is metadata and what the distinction is. There is a certain lack of clarity around what is meant by metadata and where metadata ends,” she said.




Further information

Laura Douglas, Launch Group, 0452 505 859


Thomas Shanahan, Australian Computer Society, 0449 902 130



About the Australian Computer Society

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) is the professional association for Australia's Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. Over 20,000 ACS members work in business, education, government and the community. The Society exists to create the environment and provide the opportunities for members and partners to succeed. The ACS strives for ICT professionals to be recognised as drivers of innovation in our society, relevant across all sectors, and to promote the formulation of effective policies on ICT and related matters. Visit www.acs.org.au for more information.

30 Jan

ABC Innovation appoints Alvaro Marquez as new Head of Service Design

by launch-admin Jan 30, 2015 0 News, Uncategorized

29 January 2015



ABC Innovation appoints Alvaro Marquez as new Head of Service Design


ABC Innovation today announced the appointment of Alvaro Marquez to the newly created position of Head of Service Design, ahead of its evolution into ABC Digital Network in February 2015.


Marquez has over 14 years’ comprehensive expertise in product development, user experience, visual design, ideation and art direction that has seen him lead work for brands including Audi, BMW, Nokia, GSMA, Microsoft and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.


Prior to joining ABC Innovation, Marquez was Creative Director at global design firm frog in Shanghai where he developed a scalable design vocabulary and unified design language system for one of the largest financial entities in Asia. He also led a team of designers, technologists and strategists in developing concepts around new ground-breaking mobile and image sensing technologies for historically relevant mobile developers.


Throughout his professional career, Marquez has managed large Experience Design projects for leading organisations, gaining experience in Shanghai, Amsterdam, New York, Singapore and Madrid.


Marquez’s role as Head of Service Design was created as part of the leadership restructure at ABC Innovation as it evolves into ABC Digital Network. Marquez will be tasked with driving an integrated audience-centric focus and bringing together User Experience (UX) and Design into one aligned team.


Director of ABC Innovation, Angela Clark, said: “We are delighted that Alvaro is joining the ABC Innovation team. More than ever, it is now critical that our online product offerings are audience-centric, and that we focus on the needs of Australians in a rapidly changing media landscape. 


“Alvaro’s impressive background managing large-scale Experience Design projects globally, ensures he is well placed to lead the service design of the ABC online products.”


Marquez said: “The ABC has a reputation for innovation in media that reaches far beyond Australia’s shores. I am excited to be working with a globally recognised pioneer that is also such an important cultural institution for the entire nation. I look forward to bringing engaging and enthralling experiences to the ABC’s many online and digital audiences and continuing to drive the ABC in its leading role of respected media authority.”


For images, further information or interviews: 

Sarah Bond: T 02 9492 1041 / M 0449 543 181

Ashford Pritchard: T 02 9492 1040 / M 0411 020 680


About ABC Innovation:

ABC Innovation manages the ABC website abc.net.au and core mobile offerings including the ABC iPhone, iPad and Android apps. ABC Innovation also creates digital media content and services for online, mobile and emerging platforms. ABC Innovation will be known as ABC Digital Network as of February 2015.