July 17th, 2014
Episode 351 of 438 episodes
On this week's Byte: Guests: High-school student Ben Sprecht join the team and discusses GovHack, doing all sorts of fun things with government data. The team did a full wrap - some of their faves included: What is Gov (Baby Don't Hurt Me) - an app informing the public of the breadth of government's functions City-based panels for Canberra and Melbourne. Empowered - dedicated to info and new for carers of people with a disability. Representations of Geelong's buildings by age. The languages of Sydney. Data to help with finding your target demographic. Settlers of GovHack - mapping income inequality. Project Doom - mapping natural disasters nationwide. News: In response to the Pozible campaign to release the AEC's Senate-voting software, the Senate has put through a formal request. The AEC has responded by refusing to release the data. The City of Melbourne's strategy of becoming a "knowledge city" has moved into the community consultation stage. The UK Government has fast-tracked its Data Retention and Investigatory Powers bill (also known as the Drip bill) - a sign of things to come in Australia? Check out the proposed local bills here. There's a new Raspberry Pi on the block, with plenty of improvements. Do you miss the Windows Start menu in Windows 8? Never fear - Windows 9 will bring it back! And in the latest from Google: Google+ will allow "fake" names - after years of forcing you to be yourself. They have launched the Global Impact Awards - an opportunity for not-for-profits to get grants of up to $500,000. And they're hiring security experts for their new Project Zero initiative. Lighter News: Wikipedia have responded to some of the unsolicited redesigns that they're received- check out their actual redesign proposal too! American retailer Home Depot have started selling maker bots - 3D printing is homeward bound! Do you hate how CTRL-F forwards emails in Outlook, instead of finding text like in EVERY OTHER PROGRAM? Blame Bill Gates, apparently. Presented by Lachlan Simpson, Maia Sauren and James Noble. Keep up with all things Byte on Twitter, Facebook, and G+ - see you next week!