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Microsoft’s Open Office XML for Australian Government Offices

Australia Finance Department, in its recently announced desktop policy, has asked all its agencies to choose Office Open XML as their standard document format. This move by the Australian Government has ensured Microsoft Office Suite will continue to be part of the Government policy documents.  This comes as a surprise for international community when majority of the governments are embracing open source desktop publishing suites to cut down on costs.

The Whole-of-Government Common Operating Environment has made it mandatory that an agency productivity suite  should have the capability to read and compile in Office Open XML which is the file format endorsed by the Government. The desktop policy document also states that the productivity suite should be compliant with the ECMA-376 version Office Open XML (OOXML) standard.

The Australian Government decision of favoring OOXML has not gone down well with international community. Many experts have questioned Australian Government decision as the ECMA-376 version Office Open XML (OOXML) standard was disapproved by the International Standard Organization (ISO).  The reason given for rejection was OOXML has many Windows-platform dependencies make it less compatible with other similar formats. The Open Document Format Alliance which is backed by Google and IBM has also warned governments globally against adoption of ECMA-376 standard. The ODF Alliance  in its document titled “ What Government needs to know” has specifically mentioned that user of ECMA-376 standard OOXML will eventually tie the user to using Microsoft Office Suite only.

The Alliance has also pointed out that  ECMA-376 standard OOXML had several Windows-platform dependencies an in order  to get the product approved for ISO-29500, Microsoft was asked to remove the Windows platform dependencies which the developer has not been able to do till date. Hence, in this scenario, the ECMA-376 standard OOXML stands rejected by ISO.

The directive from Australia’s Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) is surely going to limit agency choices as many of the rival productivity suites have the ability to import and read Microsoft’s OOXML format which is denoted by .docx extension for Word files, but only few have the ability to write in that format which prevents the agencies to use other office suites. This  government directive leaves agencies with no choice but to use Microsoft Office Suite.

The ODF alliance was surprised when the ODF format was not even mentioned in Australia’s Government Information Management Office policy. They have cited an international example where both the formats, ODF and OOXML were clearly mentioned in  2009 UK open document format policy the UK government giving room for both formats.  The biggest surprise for ODF Alliance was Australian Government did not even mention ODF standard in their The Whole-of-Government Common Operating Environment desktop policy. They have also mentioned that ODF was standard format selected by National Archives of Australia back in 2006.

AGIMO has clarified that it has selected OOXML to make the exchange of information easier between the agencies. Australian Government has clarified that their desktop policy is aimed at securing Government data and reducing possible leaks. The desktop policy makes it mandatory for Government offices to use Microsoft Office suite only.

Australian Government’s new law on Fiber Optics

Soon, Australia will see government run fiber network all over the country, if government succeeds in its mission to convince Telstra to run with the scheme which aims to get rid of cable and copper lines and switch over its consumers to the open access national fiber plan. After the project is over, there will be a complete transformation in the country in terms of size and no more inheritance telecommunications will be there.

The government is determined to fast forward with its $43 billion fiber network irrespective of Telstra go with it or not, however, Telstra’s decision has its own importance which could not be ignored as it has a large number of subscribers and its has done much more to retain them with it.

Even though, it was expected unnecessary in the beginning as there were no benefits but after KPMG AND McKinsey emphasized the fact frequently it was noticed that new changes may play a vital role in accelerating the industry growth.

As Telstra has a large number of subscribers in the country and it was unavoidable to become a long lasting part of Australian golden future, which is why after one year of consistent negotiation it accepted the contact. Due to huge project of AU$9 billion, it gave its nod to transfer its customers from cable and copper wire to the new fiber network. In addition, it also agreed to hand over all its ducts and existing fiber backhaul for the purpose of new fiber network.

Once the dream project is achieved, Australian homes will have direct open access fiber network in the country. Some isolated areas are served with higher speed satellites and high speed wireless. The fiber network will be operated as main infrastructure company leasing access to Internet Service Provider interested in nondiscriminatory prices. The move will pay the way for major competition for the ISP SPACE.

Stephen Conroy-Australia’s Minister for Communications-appreciated the historic deal and said that government partnership with Telstra is the indication of reduction in the cost of building out network. According to the statement issued from Conroy’s office, this is one of the great achievements in the delivery of largest nation making infrastructure plan in the history. This means there will be more productivity and stronger economy.

The deal is not complete as there are some formalities like government first have to sort out agreements detail with Telstra, then shareholders will decide to put a stamp or not. After the plan is approved by the shareholders, government will have the option of controlling Telstra’s emergency call services, phone services and payphones.

This is possible only in Australia in comparison to other countries like America; nobody can image something like this happening. The government is going with AT&T making it public through the announcements that it is surely going to build a huge fiber network making all copper telephone lines out of date and this depends on AT&T whether it want to joint or die forever in the market.

Australian Minister: Google’s privacy policy is creepy

All over the world, in every state, government’s policy is to control the media to keep them non- criticisable of government’s governance. Whenever media try to highlight the dark side of any government they jumped to suffocate media’s neck by enforcing their mind irrespective isms- from communism to capitalism. While technology has ousted the barriers of all the nations making transparent everything, the sole motive of people of the power is to fire that in the name of people’s welfare.

Australia’s Communication minister Stephen Conroy is performing the same job with the advantage of little fault done by ‘street view’ car of Google’s mapping service during collecting basic data like SSID information and MAC address by Wi-Fi project. Though Google has begged pardon for collecting Wi-Fi data from private house hold and deleted them from their side to subside the issue, the government will not let off the chance to fish in the trouble water.

It is true that interfering in public private life of publishing them in internet is a threat to the security of common people. Side by side, focusing over the issues like drug use, rape, bestiality, racism and child sex is also a grave duty to the society. All the controversies put some questions before us like:  what should be the behaviour of public figures? Should government apply the tool of censorships as a watch dog or should people exercise freedom of expression?

If the intention of Australian communication minister is to keep Australian away from accessing information and deny right to information asking the media or Google for imposing censorship. Who will ask the minister to impose the censorship over them?  Are they only representative to look after the welfare of people? Does not the behaviour or remarks, done by minister to Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook and about the broken relationship with his ex-girlfriend, go beyond decency?  After that they appeal to the people to trust them as a representative of people.  An old trick has been being played by the people of power to keep them above the criticism. How strange! They think that all the people will be made fool forever. How fool the politicians are!

According to the Google claims and criticism, if Australia is going to impose the whole countrywide internet filter, then People of Australia will be deprived from the freedom of expression and right to information. Google may follow the line of china; they did to prevent hacking of people’s personal information. It may make happy Australian communication minister as a saviour of left ideology.

Locked horns google and peoples republic of China.

Google is fighting against Chinese censors to get its goal, the risks escalating, day after day, into a possible US-China showdown over cyber warfare. The situation is going to worsen.

China is the larger producer of most products all over the world, and now the unprecedented scale of Chinese attacks versus U.S.A. defence and commercial systems put the world quiet at risk. The attack begun on Gmail accounts of human rights activists, which is a fragile point of the Chinese government. China seemed determinate and ready for a full scale attack, which Google said had partly prompted its threat to leave China. Google is going to do a very big step, because the Chinese market is the largest in the world, but Google added that this problem was “probably insignificant”, if you compared it with the “theft” of source code and data from Google.

Probably 33 or 34 other leading technology companies are in danger at the moment, said a consultant briefed about the cyber attacks. What’s going on? The details coincided with claims that The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had tracked a lot of attacks during last year, we are talking about more than 90,000 Chinese-originated attacks against the Defence Department. It’s a huge amount of problems here and everybody has to be concerned about that. Saying it with flowers … a Chinese Google user leaves a bouquet at the net giant’s Beijing headquarters yesterday. Watching around the globe we can see how the biggest Australian mining companies are refusing to negotiate iron ore contracts on the China soil because of Chinese security agency intrusions, not a lot time ago, at Rio Tinto. That problem culminated in the arrest of one of the most important figure in that deal, the China executive, Stern Hu. However, China seems to think that it can do whatever it wants at the present moment, but is it really like that? Greg Walton is a security development fellow, he works at the Citizen Lab, University of Toronto, and he said that a series of intelligence leaks implied: ”there are a lot of problems at the moment, something big is going on, which is not being reported at the moment”. Which is the problem with these guys? Maybe China has now pulled ahead on offensive operations, because US intelligence is geared in a very different way.

At the eyes of China the 5 big, which are: US, UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand are doing something strange with their intelligence alliance and maybe China is not completely wrong. For example, one of the largest US company, hardly forbids employees from transporting communication equipment into Chinese soil, including laptops and smart phones. All this because of security concerns.

We have to think if China would do the same against us. The person in charge of this operation, a consultant who was briefed on the Gmail attacks seemed worried about this problem and he said that at least 34 companies, including many big firm like: Adobe, Symantec and Yahoo!, had been affected. Many big names are implicated in this big trouble, like another two companies: Northrop Grumman and Dow Chemical. What do you think is going on?

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