ABC News Australia: There are no active COVID cases in Victoria, after the last coronavirus patient was released yesterday. “The Department of Health and Human Services says the last time Victoria’s hospitals were free of coronavirus cases was February 21. DHHS says 9,960 test results were received yesterday, up from 7,261 the previous day.”
Marketing Magazine: Google Lens used to showcase Australian women artists. “Google Lens technology is being used by the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in an initiative launched to showcase the work of Australian women artists in different locations across the country. The project is a the result of a partnership between the NGA, oOh!Media and Google, and highlights six artists showcased in high-profile out of home sites as part of the gallery’s Know My Name initiative.”
ABC News (Australia): Federal Government used Google Translate for COVID-19 messaging aimed at multicultural communities. “Critical public health messages by the Commonwealth about the coronavirus pandemic were bungled amid revelations bureaucrats used Google Translate to communicate with multicultural communities. The decision by the Department of Home Affairs has been revealed in documents obtained by the ABC that show official translators were initially sidelined.”
BBC: Covid-19: South Australia to enter ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown. “The state of South Australia will enter an immediate six-day lockdown to curb the spread of a coronavirus outbreak discovered days ago. The state has detected 36 cases since infections were found in Adelaide on Sunday, the first community cases detected in six months.”
University of Melbourne: Partnership helps lay the foundations for treaty making in Australia. “Launched in a partnership between the University of Melbourne and the National Native Title Council, the new Agreements, Treaties and Negotiated Settlements (ATNS) website is a resource that aims to empower Traditional Owners through information, capturing the range and variety of agreement making with First Nations peoples in Australia and other parts of the world. Its purpose is to encourage transparency and knowledge around agreement making with a focus on nation building, First Nations governance and treaty making.”
Mashable: Google’s Australian addition to its mobile AR puts koalas in your house . “Google has added eight Australian animals to its collection of mobile AR creatures, allowing users to size up animated 3D renditions of the country’s native fauna. It’s an entertaining little update, and a good tool to help you determine which ones you could take in a fight.” Well, um, that escalated quickly.
Canberra Times (Australia): National Archives signs $4.4m contract to digitise World War II service records. “The National Archives of Australia said on Tuesday it had signed contracts worth $4.4 million to digitise more than 650,000 service records. Among the records to be saved, and which will be available for free online, are photographs of servicemen and women which were previously at-risk of deterioration.”
Parliament of Australia: Parliamentary Committee to hear from Google and Facebook as family violence hearings continue. “The parliamentary inquiry into family, domestic and sexual violence will ask questions of Google and Facebook as well as organisations representing the male victims of family violence as it continues its program of public hearings. The Committee is gathering further evidence to inform both its recommendations and the development of the next National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children.”
Sydney Arts Guide: Carriberrie Website Celebrates Indigenous Song And Dance This NAIDOC Week. “The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) is marking NAIDOC Week 2020 with the release of Carriberrie, a breathtaking online journey of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander song and dance from the traditional to the contemporary, set across stunning Australian landscapes. Carriberrie features 156 dancers, 23 performances and nine cultural groups, and is available online now.”
I’m not sure I’m spelling this right so let me apologize in advance. Neos Kosmos: Greek-Australian artists called to register for first online directory. “The Greek Australian Cultural League (GACL) is inviting artists to register for the first Greek-Australian Artists’ Directory (GAAD) that will be available online for the wider community.”
SBS News: You can now hear 50 everyday words spoken in Indigenous languages from across Australia. “A new online resource is educating Australians about how to communicate using Indigenous words in the hopes of maintaining the languages.”
ABC News (Australia): Senate inquiry asks whether Facebook, Google should be regulated like banks. “These tech giants are among a string of other US digital players and Chinese companies that already have detailed data on their users — including, what, how, when and where they spend. It has Liberal senator Andrew Bragg, who chairs the Senate select committee running the Federal Government’s inquiry into financial technology (fintech), worried.”
Sydney Morning Herald: Archives’ legal bill for Palace Papers case could top $2 million. “The National Archives spent $1 million fighting to stop Australians seeing the Palace Papers and faces spending that amount again on the legal costs of the historian who battled to get the documents released. Meanwhile, thousands of secret foreign policy files gather dust in public service store rooms waiting for declassification as the archives complains of funding shortfalls.” I only vaguely knew of the Palace Papers. ABC News Australia filled me in.
Associated Press: Australian watchdog considers its own Google antitrust case. “Australia’s competition watchdog will consider its own antitrust case against Google, the commission chairman said Wednesday after the U.S. Justice Department sued the company for abusing its dominance in online search and advertising.”
National Museum of Australia: Australia’s national Defining Moments Digital Classroom is a game changer. “Australia’s Defining Moments Digital Classroom (ADMDC) is an innovative teaching and learning website which offers rich resources for teachers and students of Australian History, Geography and Civics and Citizenship. … Students, primary and secondary, can explore Australian history via interactive online games and quizzes, animations, videos and virtual tours, plus teaching and learning activities, delivered to schools via a range of digital devices.”