Only one percent of CIOs indicated any kind of blockchain adoption within their organisations, and only 8 percent of CIOs were in short-term planning or active experimentation with blockchain, according to Gartner's 2018 CIO Survey. Furthermore, 77 percent of CIOs surveyed said their organization has no interest in the technology and/or no action planned to investigate or develop it.

It’s been a big year for companies pushing the boundaries of technology – and not in a good way. The Cambridge Analytica scandal led to a public outcry about privacy, the Commonwealth Bank’s loss of customer data raised concerns about cybersecurity, and a fatal self-driving car crash put the safety of automated systems in the spotlight.

The Kodak Alaris Information Management division will now operate under the name “Alaris, a Kodak Alaris business.” While the division now has an updated website, logo, and social media presence, the parent company remains Kodak Alaris.

Medical Assurance Society (MAS), a New Zealand membership-based society that provides a range of financial and business advisory services, has started to deploy Promapp’s cloud-based business process management software to support its business transformation programmes.

Every Australian will be offered a My Health Record unless they choose not to have one during the three month opt out period that will run from 16 July to 15 October 2018. Announcing the dates, the government claims that more than five million Australians already have a My Health Record, which provides a summary of their key health information.

The Polish Credit Office (Biuro Informacji Kredytowej - BIK), the largest credit bureau in Central and Eastern Europe, has committed to implementing Billon blockchain for storage and secure access to sensitive customer information including millions of documents.

Family Planning NSW has taken its website offline for a “security update” after learning that hackers breached its booking system two weeks ago. The organisation notified its clients via email, and journalist Lauren Ingram, who was personally affected by the data breach, shared the notification on Twitter.

Computer scientists at the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science have invented FontCode, a new way to embed hidden information in ordinary text by imperceptibly changing, or perturbing, the shapes of fonts in text. While having obvious advantages for spies, FontCode has perhaps more practical application for companies wanting to prevent document tampering or protect copyrights, and for retailers and artists wanting to embed QR codes and other metadata without altering the look or layout of a document.

An oft-quoted statistic has information workers spending 1.8 hours each day or 9.3 hours per week searching for information. If you are in a team of five, this equates to one of you making about as much progress as if they spent the day at the football. 

The Australian Federal Government has committed $A45 million to establishing the Consumer Data Right. Giving the control of data back to the consumer presents an opportunity for business to add value to those who share with them.