The VET Sector: A 2017 Reflection – Part 2

What is next?

Following streamlining of Training Packages, and the overhaul of the Commonwealth funding of VET industry qualifications, where do we go from here?

What is next for the VET industry?

RTOs are subject to increasing regulation and compliance requirements and there is much talk amongst representatives in the industry of the burden of these requirements and the distraction they create from getting on with the job of training and assessment.

RTO representatives have stated (in private or networking conversations at industry events and conferences) that a number of corporations (including large and/or international corporates with offices in Australia), sick of the extent of regulatory burden, have decided to implement their own workplace training styled specifically for their workplace needs, outside the VET system. The veracity of these comments is unproven but noted here for consideration, as if it is true, it is not a good reflection on the Australian VET system. Continue reading “The VET Sector: A 2017 Reflection – Part 2”

Blockchain technology: A snazzy new online future or are there traps?

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at the state of our internet and the space we all share. A quote from Part 1:

Alongside all the very useful content on the internet, we have a space where evil has been able to run rampant, unaddressed through lack of political will that hides behind the slogan, “freedom of speech”. In this free-for-all global, unregulated domain, there are plenty who have used it as a licence to abuse, unarrested, leading to an alarming number of suicides in the young (as has been widely publicized) but also in business people who have been defamed, attacked, and threatened to silence, by competitors, by those who are jealous, or by trolls who are simply there to destroy.

However, all of this is the tip of the iceberg in terms of where our irresponsibility as a global society of human beings is heading. Blockchain technology is an example.

Blockchain technology enables online commerce, so ‘online-focused’ that it even has its own online currency (e.g. Bitcoin). There are vast amounts of money being invested in developing this — culminating in a whole online world of activity. It is literally a world unto itself – there are no physical companies with identifiable shareholders and directors. Unlike our physical environment, where we can search engines like ASIC to enable us to see who is behind a company — these new virtual organisations (called DAOs and other terms) are:

  • Anonymous – they operate through algorithms and the technology behind the blockchain, with no human face – no person to speak with or address
  • Beyond jurisdiction – they operate internationally, like the internet, and thus do not belong to any country whose laws regulate them
  • Beyond redress at least in many respects – because if something goes wrong – who do you go to? Who will address it? Especially when you do not even know who is responsible for it, behind the scenes.

Continue reading “Blockchain technology: A snazzy new online future or are there traps?”

The Internet – A health check

In this 2 part series, we look at the state of our internet – a shared space for all.

First, a word about cyber abuse and menacing on the internet, as part of our starting platform.

We all use the internet – but let’s dive straight into the deep end and ask ourselves whether there are things we should be introducing to make this a safe space for all.

For starters – and really by way of introduction, alongside all the very useful content on the internet, we have a space where evil has been able to run rampant, unaddressed through lack of political will that hides behind the slogan, “freedom of speech”. In this free-for-all global, unregulated domain, there are plenty who have used it as a licence to abuse, unarrested, leading to an alarming number of suicides in the young (as has been widely publicized) but also in business people who have been defamed, attacked, and threatened to silence, by competitors, by those who are jealous, or by trolls who are simply there to destroy. Continue reading “The Internet – A health check”