Welcome to the Information Age annual roundup of the stories that captivated your attention this year.
After analysing almost a million pageviews, we found surveillance, Elon Musk, jobs, and cyber security made the cut.
Here’s your top 12 of 2021:
We took a look at the new powers the government would have, following the passing of the Surveillance Legislation Amendment (Identify and Disrupt) Bill 2020. They included the ability to modify and delete data, and take over online accounts of alleged criminals.
The imminent launch of SpaceX’s Starlink – promising vastly improved data speed, latency and uptime – was a winner with readers sick of the inadequate options available in some areas of Australia. At $809 to get set up, plus a monthly fee of $139, it was definitely not a cheap option, but for some, may be the only one.
The people we need most within organisations to protect systems are quitting in droves. Why? Extreme stress and burnout topped the list. But the job pays well and demand is strong. Is it worth it?
Isolating in quarantine at home instead of a hotel room sounds like a great idea, but for some South Australians who signed up to a trial, it meant being monitored by the government via webcam to check they were, in fact, at home.
Are NFTs the latest investment innovation or sure-fire scam? We explained why the latest use of blockchain is causing ripples around the world and how the face of music and art are rapidly changing.
Where there’s a COVID certificate requirement, there’s a way to get around them. Reports fake certificates could be bought online and which looked as convincing as genuine ones had authorities scrambling for a resolution.
More than 100 NBN technicians walked off the job at a time Australians were needing fast internet services while working from home. Readers weren’t very sympathetic, with some describing the NBN scheme as a “horse’s arse” and urging a class action suit against the company.
It’s amazing how many people thought COVID was a great time to move – until authorities worked out people were simply logging on and changing their address in the system, even though they had not actually moved. Why? To avoid suburb-specific lockdowns in NSW.
The Australian government released a list of the top 800 jobs needed in Australia, with IT nabbing almost 10 percent in the highest demand category. The roles in demand were multimedia specialist, developer programmer, software engineer, ICT security specialist, and ICT project manager.
Which certification is more likely to be valuable once complete? With hundreds to choose from, we looked at the top-paying certs which included CRISC, CISSP and PMP.
Readers were not happy about the Surveillance Bill mentioned in our #1 story, outraged that police could apply for an “assistance order” requiring someone such as a system administrator to assist with hacking activities. Anyone who helped hack was protected from civil liability and those refusing faced 10 years in jail.
Which tech news stood out for you this year? We'd love to read your comments.