Monthly compilation of key updates for the legal industry – August 2020
Australian Capital Territory votes to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14
The ACT is the first jurisdiction in Australia to vote to bring its laws in line with UN standards, in a move welcomed by Indigenous advocates. Read More
From Makeup To Masks: How Beauty Tech Is Being Deployed In The Coronavirus Fight
When the Covid-19 pandemic created the need for facial recognition software that works when everyone is wearing a mask, CyberLink Corp. had a head start: an algorithm designed to solve a tough tech challenge – virtual makeup applications.
“In order to have the trust of companies like luxury [beauty] brands, we needed to make sure we had a very precise algorithm that mapped vectors on the face, and could interact with different complexions,” said Richard Carriere, manager of the U.S. region for CyberLink. Read More
Australia Is Now Converting Beer Into Electricity
Like most countries across the globe, Australia was forced to shutter entire industries to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Access to bars and restaurants throughout the country has been severely limited since March. As a result, millions of gallons of beer once destined for the pub is now heading down the drain. Or it was, anyway. Until the city of Adelaide in South Australia devised a novel solution for the forlorn suds. Read More
Facebook threatens to block news sharing
Digital giant Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) says it will ban Australian publishers from sharing news on social media sites Facebook and Instagram if a new mandatory code of conduct becomes law. The draft code, unveiled in July, establishes a framework through which news publishers can negotiate with digital platforms to secure fair payment for content produced. Read More
What’s the status of SME innovation in Australia?
Australia’s prosperity is dependent – “to a significant degree” – on our business competitiveness relative to the rest of the world, according to the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources. However, in the department’s own words, “Australia’s business sector appears to be falling behind in the global innovation race”.
This concern is backed up by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which shows that Australia spends only 1.8 per cent of GDP on R&D projects and initiatives. Elsewhere, the Global Innovation Index – in its 2019 report on the elements of national economies that enable innovation, such as infrastructure, market sophistication, human capital and research – gave Australia a score of 50.3, ranking 22nd and well behind the global leaders in Switzerland (67.2), Sweden (63.7) and the US (61.7). Read More