Tuesday, August 16, 2022

How might digital waste help in the fight against climate change?

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Developing a level of public understanding and trust around the use of alternative data is essential to transforming what would be digital waste into exciting and innovative solutions. The amount of valuable web data coming out of the global data exhaust will continue to rise. We must use this ‘waste’ to our advantage to tackle climate change and meet key targets while respecting compliance requirements and acting responsibly.

Telstra and TPG merger not in the strategic interests of Australians

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Commpete, Australia’s leading alliance of challenger telecommunication companies, has come out in opposition of proposed merger of Telstra and TPG’s regional and rural mobile networks, calling on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to do the same.

Supposedly ailing streaming giant Netflix not as sick as many think

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In the first two quarters of 2022, Netflix lost almost 1.2 million subscribers. Investors began running for the hills and some pundits claimed that the streaming giant’s downfall was imminent. The panic continued when the company cut four percent of its workforce to get its costs in line with “slower revenue growth”. How bad is this malaise? Well, Netflix is certainly under the weather. But this is not the terminal or even critical illness some are suggesting.

Why technology skills training and employee retention are closely linked

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In 2022, the global workforce has been fraught with change, attrition, and reshuffling. Massive amounts of attrition has caused organisations, especially within the tech industry, to become locked in a fierce battle for talented workers. Because of this, developing strategies for retaining and attracting talent has been a key concern for many organisations.

Why using gamification in traditional education might make sense after all

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Gamification is the process of taking something that already exists - in this case, education - and adding game mechanics to it to make it more engaging and fun. It's no secret that traditional education methods are failing our students. They aren't retaining information as well as they should, and they're not engaged in the learning process. We need to find a way to keep students interested in their education, and gamification may be the answer. 

Why business leaders and HR need to care about microcredentials

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The world of work is experiencing talent dynamics like we’ve never seen before. Even during the Global Financial Crisis, we didn’t see the pace of change that’s happening now. Entire industries are being forced to come to grips with the fact that talented employees want to work differently, off the back of the pandemic. On the other hand, there are industries where mass layoffs and restructures have created job uncertainty and unemployment for many. 

Banking grows up: Why coming changes will upend the industry

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For an industry with such a conservative reputation, banking has been upended more times than most. Change has been the only constant, from deregulation to the internet to the pandemic. We’re now on the verge of something else. It's not going just to prompt banking to do what it does better; it's going to shift what banking is – to clients and itself.

The trades that triggered the eventual collapse of the stablecoin TerraUSD

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The crypto market has seen some serious swings over the past year. Bitcoin, arguably the flagship of the market, began to lose its value late last year after reaching historic highs, a trend that eased at the beginning of 2022. Until, that is, the meltdown of TerraUSD in May. TerraUSD (UST), a stablecoin that was pegged to the US dollar, crashed in a spectacular fashion earlier this year, reinforcing a sell-off mentality that was already in full swing among crypto investors and sending Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies into a bit of a tailspin.

The impacts of China’s COVID lockdowns on Australian agriculture

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Strict lockdowns in China – as the country tries to eradicate the spread of COVID – are not only affecting its citizens, but also having flow-on impacts on trading partners, like Australia. There are four impacts of the lockdowns that are set to have ramifications for agribusiness – disruptions to freight logistics, Chinese corn plantings, dairy demand and hog pricing.

What does the metaverse mean for the future of the modern workplace?

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Technologists have been whispering about the metaverse for years. Now, it’s emerging, with Meta launching our vision at Connect 2021. There’s been plenty of talk on how the next iteration of the internet - an internet you can step inside - will change entertainment, gaming, and social connection. The metaverse also means profound changes for the world of work. Advances in virtual reality (VR) tech will mean more immersive and useful virtual spaces. New augmented reality and hologram technologies will mean environments that seamlessly blend the digital with the physical world around us. As more organisations adopt these tech, it will make the benefits accessible to millions of workers across various sectors around the world.