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ITx kicks off this week
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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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
Global Cyber Alliance comes to town
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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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…
Support for new school digital curriculum rolls out
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…
Game on for indie game developers
The New Zealand Game Developers Association annual conference, NZGDC18, will for the first time feature a showcase of independent developers.
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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…
Excellence in IT Awards finalists announced
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…
Road Transport Forum pays ransomware, warns others
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…
CTO role enters final straight
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.
CIO Conference, digital disruption, the Met and OMGTech
The CIO Conference wrapped up last week in Auckland. We sent in an undercover tech head to see how it went.