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ITx kicks off this week

Paul Brislen. 09 July 2018, 8:38 am

It's that time of the year again - ITx is on in Wellington, bringing together 12 conferences and 150 different talks, panels and presentations in one venue.

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Paul Brislen. 06 July 2018, 3:50 pm

International borders and the World Wide Web: Many years ago I received a phone call from a local pharmacy here in New Zealand. They'd been cheerfully selling goods in accordance with New Zealand law as they are a New Zealand business and were quite happy with their lot.

But then along came the internet and the opportunity to sell to people who might not want to go into a store in south Auckland (from memory) and pick goods up off the shelf.

So they set up what was quaintly called an "e-commerce shopping site" and it meant people could buy goods from them online and have them delivered. You may be familiar with the concept.

They called me because they'd received a letter from the US Food and Drug Administration telling them to stop selling goods online at once or they'd be taken to court for various unspecified crimes.

Also: The Yeah-nah Burger, and Privacy Blues

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Global Cyber Alliance comes to town

Paul Brislen. 05 July 2018, 7:43 am

The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) is an international, cross-sector effort dedicated to "eradicating cyber risk and improving our connected world" and its UK-based Executive Director, Andy Bates, is in New Zealand this month speaking with local IT and security groups.

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Paul Brislen. 29 June 2018, 4:56 pm

Oh government. You really shouldn't bite off more than you can chew.

Once, big government projects were the key to a good economic recovery. Bridges, dams, roads, office blocks, saw mills, you name…

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Support for new school digital curriculum rolls out

ITP Team. 29 June 2018, 4:00 pm

Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko | Digital Readiness was launched last week by the Minister of Education, Hon. Hipkins at Northland School in Wellington.

This nationwide $12 million programme aims to suppor…

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Game on for indie game developers

Paul Brislen. 26 June 2018, 7:01 am

The New Zealand Game Developers Association annual conference, NZGDC18, will for the first time feature a showcase of independent developers.

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Paul Brislen. 22 June 2018, 2:29 pm

Some things just shouldn't happen. First, paying the ransom. Second, breaking the internet, and third, expecting telcos to get along.

But somehow, all three of these happened lately - or at least s…

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Excellence in IT Awards finalists announced

ITP Team. 21 June 2018, 4:00 pm

The finalists for the prestigious New Zealand Excellence in IT Awards were announced this week, recognising the people making IT happen in New Zealand.

Finalists came from a diverse range of backgr…

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Road Transport Forum pays ransomware, warns others

Paul Brislen. 21 June 2018, 7:50 am

The Road Transport Forum, a national body set up in 1997 to "responsibly promote and advance the interests of the road transport industry and its member associations" has become the sobering cautionar…

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CTO role enters final straight

Paul Brislen. 20 June 2018, 7:34 am

The government's search for its Chief Technology Officer is back on and the role should be filled by August, says Minister for Communications and IT, Clare Curran.

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CIO Conference, digital disruption, the Met and OMGTech

Viv Chandra. 18 June 2018, 6:43 am

The CIO Conference wrapped up last week in Auckland. We sent in an undercover tech head to see how it went.

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