The Pearcey Foundation is actively involved in many initiatives to help promote and accelerate the Australian ICT industry.


The Pearcey Foundation is involved in many projects important to the ICT industry.

Heritage Project - an expansive program to document and capture Australia's ICT heritage including a book, online resources and even a virtual museum.

Pearcey Institute - to perform research and studies relating to the impact of ICT in industry and society. These in-depth examinations are an important input into policy discussions.

Public Policy - Bringing together of fragmented ICT groups through forums and debates to help analyse, formulate and review policies relating to ICT and the digital economy.

CSIRAC - dedicated to the preservation and promotion of CSIRAC, as one of the world's first stored program digital computers and the first computer to play music.

Computing History - small projects that help preserve and promote Australia's computing history and contributions to global technology advancements.



Dec 31, 2021

Summary of Public Policy Contributions

The Pearcey Foundation is actively involved in contributing to thought leadership in ICT issues e.g. economic studies, digital economy benefits.

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Dec 27, 2021

Historical Papers

This section contains a collection of papers and notes about Australian ICT history.

Dec 23, 2021

CSIRAC - Among the First Electronic Stored Program Computers

In historical terms, CSIR Mk1/CSIRAC was one of the first stored program, electronic, computers.

Prior to 1948 various electromechanical machines (non-electronic computers) were built in USA and Germany. Early electronic, but not stored program machines, were ENIAC (USA) and numerous Colossuses (Colossi?) at Bletchley Park (UK).

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Nov 29, 2021

Early Australian Internet

In 1986, a year after the Internet domain name system was deployed, Australia' country code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD) came into being at the approval of the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute (performing IANA's function at the time).

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Nov 29, 2020

Connections in the History of Australian Computing

This paper gives an overview of early Australian computing milestones up to about 1970 and demonstrates a mesh of influences. Wartime radar, initially from Britain, provided basic experience for many computing engineers. This is an excellent perspective on how Australia influenced the development of the digital computer as we know it today.

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Sep 30, 2020

The History and Future of Wi-Fi: from Radiata to Morse Micro to Beyond!

Pearcey Conversations online seminar 30 September 2020 covered a retrospective from three key figures behind Radiata, the Australian startup that commercialized the Wifi chip conceived at the CSIRO Radiophysics in Sydney in the early 1990s.

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May 27, 2020

Australia’s first computer conference

In August 1951, a conference was held at Sydney University’s Department of Electrical Engineering. It was the first computer conference ever held in Australia and only the ninth computer conference anywhere in the world.

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May 7, 2020

Follow-up to Pearcey COVIDSafe Paper

Follow-up to Pearcey Foundation's Discussion Paper (28 April) on the Australian Government's COVIDSafe tracing app.

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Apr 28, 2020

Pearcey COVIDSafe App Paper

The Australian Government has now released its coronavirus tracing app, called COVIDSafe. To be effective, the app needs to be downloaded and used by a significant proportion of the Australian population.

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Apr 28, 2020

The COVIDSafe App: A Question of Trust

MEDIA RELEASE - How the Australian Government and Australian citizens can ensure the success of the new coronavirus tracing app.

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May 15, 2019

Pearcey Institute submission to Australia's AI Ethics Consultation

The Pearcey Institute submitted feedback to the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science public consultation on Artificial Intelligence: Australia's Ethics Framework discussion paper released in April 2019.

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Sep 7, 2018

2018 Ballarat Heritage Event

The Pearcey Foundation held a special Heritage Event on Friday 7th September 2018 at Federation University in Ballarat. The event ran from 3pm - 5:30pm and was entitled Celebrating the Past; Informing the Present; Inspiring the Future.

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