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Update from ITPNZ

Paul Matthews. 29 May 2020, 3:36 pm
Update from ITPNZ

Here's a quick weekly update from ITP CEO Paul Matthews.

We had a great Thursday Live webinar yesterday featuring Greg James, head of transformation at IRD, who talked about their huge transformation project - what went right, what didn't, and some unique insights and war stories. ITP members can view the full webinar on the ITP Video Library.

Also, after a very short notice period, Expressions of Interest are about to close for the Interim Establishment Boards for the Workforce Development Councils, part of the Review of Vocational Education. Wow, what a mouthful. Basically if you're keen to help shape the organisations that will define the future of tech-related vocational education, this is for you.

Speaking of events, we're looking forward to hosting Punakaiki Fund founder Lance Wiggs at our next Webinar in a fortnight, and don't forget the monthly Tech Chat Tuesday next week. What else is going on? We open up our new-look mentoring programme to Mentor registrations next week and we're also looking for awesome tech people to virtually judge our in-school 123Tech programme.

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Brislen on Tech: The fifth estate

Paul Brislen. 29 May 2020, 2:12 pm

Welcome to the new look Brislen on Tech - an in-depth look at one of the big issues in the tech sector. This week, let's take a look at the "fifth estate".

The fourth estate is supposed to hold power to account for its actions, but what happens when there's no money to be made in doing something so fundamentally important?

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ITP Tech Media Panel - 29 May 2020

TechBlog Team. 29 May 2020, 2:04 pm

Here's this week's ITP Tech Media Panel, featuring TechBlog's Paul Brislen and Peter Griffin and guest commentator Bill Bennett from

Topics covered include a new that could enable a china-style internet filter, Facebook's apparent [in]action on extremist content and election manipulation, an update on PC and tech sales - saved by Covid? And what Sky TV are up to including getting into broadband.

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What makes the Dyson different? It's the battery, man

Paul Brislen. 29 May 2020, 1:14 pm

Do you know what really sucks about cordless vacuum cleaners? Running out of battery power halfway through the job. Dyson might very well have the answer.

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Draft law seeks to tackle live-streamed hate

Peter Griffin. 27 May 2020, 2:46 pm

A draft law has been introduced to Parliament that seeks to introduce fines and prison terms for people who live stream objectionable material and a content filtering system to block such material fro…

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Spark backs Kiwi innovators to harness 5G, to transform healthcare and stimulate economic recovery

Techblog Staff. 27 May 2020, 8:30 am

The race to 5G is apparently back on with Spark launching a 5G Starter Fund focussing on health and wellness application development.

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Big tech's buying spree

Sarah Putt. 26 May 2020, 9:31 am

Not everybody has been hunkered down and waiting it out over lockdown. Some businesses - notably giant tech companies - have been on a buying spree. Or maybe scooping up companies is the kind of BAU t…

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UK says no to Huawei after all

Paul Brislen. 25 May 2020, 2:01 pm

The UK government has decided that actually it can't have Huawei equipment in its 5G networks after all, and will require telcos remove all components by 2023.

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 22 May 2020, 1:59 pm

The Ministry of Health has launched its COVID tracker app, but does it do what it says?

Zuckerberg takes on Bezos: two men enter, only one will leave.

And the end of an absolute era - Divina Par…

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Update from ITPNZ

Paul Matthews. 22 May 2020, 1:57 pm

Here's a quick weekly update from ITP CEO Paul Matthews.

Next week's Thursday Live webinar features Greg James, head of transformation at IRD, talking about their huge transformation project - what…

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Can Facebook get shopping right?

Peter Griffin. 21 May 2020, 9:56 am

Facebook Shops arrives just as millions of small businesses struggle to find their feet in the wake of the Covid-19 lockdown.

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