Engaging News – 1.12.17

Engaging News for week ending 1 December

Our summary of the most exciting news in the industry over the last week. Comment below to be part of the conversation!


Open Government and Data

Assessing Demand Around the World: New report from the Economist Intelligence Unit and GovTech Singapore surveyed 100 citizens in 10 countries (Australia included), about awareness of Open Government Data, its potential and benefits, with individual country and group analysis.

Australians want bold government, not shrinking violets: Former public servant Terry Moran says Australians want a more active government, with greater accountability and democracy reforms.


Tech and AI

Westacott on our sleepy future: Focusing on “geek economy” innovation is alienating a large part of Australia, says Jennifer Westacott, who thinks Australia is lagging on tech infrastructure.

How artificial intelligence can stop the malware threats of the future: With classic security solutions at its limits AI is moving into realm of cybersecurity as a more powerful way to thwart data breaches.


Active Participation and Community Engagement

It’s never been more important for big companies to listen to local communities: Social risks can be more expensive than operational risks if there is failure to recognise its importance.


Climate Change

How to transform apocalypse fatigue into action on global warming: The biggest climate change obstacle is in our brain says Per Espen Stokes, encouraging better public engagement and active participation.

Using crowdfunding to raise public engagement about climate change is a way that local policymakers in France have been gaining traction for values-based projects says Laura Brimont.



First Week: The Code for Australia & VicRoads Fellows write about working in partnership, digitising processes allowing for more data analysis, leading to safer roads and greater sustainability.

The parsley, the pig and the farm: Closing the distance between farm and food with urban farming, will help sustainability by with productive landscapes counter-balancing counter balance city-sprawl effects.


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Thanks for reading,

Hannah and Alice.


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