Articles by: "Fergus Hanson"
ASPI’s China research: the big picture

In a piece titled ‘The think-tank behind Australia’s changing view of China’, the Australian Financial Review recently gave prominence to a few critics of ASPI’s China research. But instead of engaging with the research and …

Australia’s cyber strategy, version 2.0

Back in 2016, Australia launched a new national cybersecurity strategy.* The strategy covers a four-year period to 2020, and given the changes in the security environment, an update is now clearly warranted. To that end, …

Encryption deal done, but more work needed

Yesterday the government and opposition came to an agreement to pass the Assistance and Access Bill 2018 just before parliament rises. The bill rocketed towards the top of the political agenda when the government demanded …

Introducing integrated e-government in Australia

During the initial wave of digital-transformation efforts, Australia developed an international reputation as an early leader. That peaked in around 1999. While the different tiers of government (local, state and federal) and individual agencies have …

What’s the big deal about digital identity?

Unless you’re an avid reader of federal budget statements, you probably missed the $92.4 million allocation in the 2018–19 Budget to build a digital identity scheme known as GovPass—the second one that taxpayers will now …

Hacking for ca$h

In 2015 then-US President Barack Obama metaphorically arm-wrestled Chinese President Xi Jinping into agreeing to stop engaging in commercial cyber espionage. Since then, China has made a similar pact with G20 members and made bilateral …