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The world’s biggest non-IBM IBM network

The world’s biggest non-IBM IBM network

Nobody much remembers it now, but 40 years ago Australia built one of the world’s largest computer networks. In 1981 Australia’s Department of Social Security (DSS) began planning an ambitious network to connect all of its 210 Australian offices in real time. The plan...

Australia’s first computer conference

Australia’s first computer conference

In August 1951, a conference was held at Sydney University’s Department of Electrical Engineering. It was the first computer conference ever held in Australia and only the ninth computer conference anywhere in the world.

Australia’s first computer conference

Australia’s first computer conference

In August 1951, a conference was held at Sydney University’s Department of Electrical Engineering. It was the first computer conference ever held in Australia and only the ninth computer conference anywhere in the world.

The COVIDSafe App: A Question of Trust

The COVIDSafe App: A Question of Trust

MEDIA RELEASE How the Australian Government and Australian citizens can ensure the success of the new coronavirus tracing app.The Pearcey Foundation today announced the publication of a discussion paper in response to the launch of the Australian Government's...

Pearcey COVIDSafe App Paper

Pearcey COVIDSafe App Paper

The Australian Government has now released its coronavirus tracing app, called COVIDSafe. To be effective, the app needs to be downloaded and used by a significant proportion of the Australian population.

Expanding Project to become a Virtual Museum

Who would have thought we would all be at home (well almost all, I hope) working like this? Very strange and challenging times... One initiative we kicked off last November related to engaging Graeme Philipson to write the definitive history of the Australian ICT...

50th Anniversary of Australia’s First Satellite

50th Anniversary of Australia’s First Satellite

In 1966 a bunch of students (undergrads and post-grads) at the Department of Elec Eng at Melbourne University built Australia's first satellite. It was ultimately launched in 1970 by NASA. A member of the team of 8, who designed and constructed the satellite, was...

Kicking off the Heritage Project

Hi everybody Graeme Philipson here. You know me as the author of a book on the Australian computer industry called ‘A Vision Splendid’. Many of you helped with that book or offered advice or information after it came out about things that were missing or could have...

ABC Science Show – CSIRAC the first computer to play music

ABC Science Show – CSIRAC the first computer to play music

On Saturday 22 June 2019, the ABC Science Show had a special feature Recreating the first digital computer music. Presented by Carl Smith in the second half of the podcast (31 minute mark).In 1949, Australia leapt into the digital age when the Council for Scientific...

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