Number of Australian ICT degrees in decline

Via startupsmart. The number of Australian students undertaking a bachelor’s degree in ICT is in decline, according to a report by the Australian Computer Society. Less than 3% of all undergraduate degrees were in the field of ICT.

“If you meet someone at a party and you say ‘I work for Google’, that’s impressive. If you say ‘I’m a programmer’, that’s kind of lame, even though it’s the same job,” Nissen says.

– Amir Nissen founder of entrepreneurship group Student Entrepreneurs at Melbourne University.

Opinion

With all the success stories in recent months and weeks of Australian companies being acquired by some of the big players in the USA, one that comes to mind is the acquisition of app discovery platform Chomp by Apple, its hard to fathom news such as this. There’s obviously incubators, and other startup-like mentor programs cropping in the Australian investor sector, looking to kindle the next brightest minds in tech startups down under. It seems that a greater majority of these startups are headed up by founders who have a few years or more, working in the more corporate style role of technology. Their shift from working within this tech consulting side of things, to making the leap into the exciting world of startups should be an icon of inspirations for students to join the technology scene.
It would be disappointing, if in this period of time when we are witnessing an increasing growth in Australian backed technology companies, it does not spur the next group of graduates to build and develop the next paradigm-shifting application.

Internet filter — Australia

Via Delimiter.

The filter’s immense unpopularity with the perennially insolent Australian electorate; its technical ineptitude; its association with draconian censorship and the religious Right; and the efforts of a handful of determined network engineers and Internet libertarians — damned in the Senate but not cowed — all these had combined to finally convince the Greens and the Coalition (with beaming Joe Hockey eager to be the bearer of the proud news) that the filter was a problem and should be voted down.

It will be interesting to see where this proposed filter will land, now that it seems to have been thrown back into Conroy’s lap.

Telstra unveils NBN plans

An opinion piece by Renai LeMay over at Delimiter on Telstra’s unveiling of their new NBN plans. Fair to say, it’s hard too see potential customers signing up for these plans, which Telstra is forcing consumers to require a bundled fixed copper line for voice services.

Read that sentence again and take it in: All Telstra voice services over the NBN will initially require a bundled copper telephone line.