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Paul Brislen. 16 November 2018, 4:30 pm

This week I thought I'd rejoin Facebook just so I could quit again in rage. Something really needs to be done to rein in a company that has combined the utter decimation of the media landscape with the total abdication of responsibility for the content it pumps into people's lives.

It's billions of users, clicking through and seeing hundreds of millions of ads, don't appear to be enough for the juggernaut. Instead of being happy to serve advertising to the masses, the company has decided it needs to also serve up news and other forms of content and, instead of being happy with that, it would also enable wholesale sharing of propaganda and fake news stories.

[PLUS: Google takes over direct ownership of a company that accesses health data. And toothbrushing IoT style.]

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Can I interest you in a firewall for your toaster?

Buddle Findlay. 16 November 2018, 12:55 pm

In September, the California state legislature enacted two identical bills regulating Internet-connected devices sold in California, aimed at developing minimum security standards for devices that make up the 'Internet of Things', or 'IoT'.

The bills are among the first regulatory measures to be implemented worldwide that are specifically aimed at hastening the industry's response to the threat of IoT-based cyber-attacks.

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Kiwicon takes over Wellington

Paul Brislen. 14 November 2018, 7:43 am

Kiwicon, the hacker conference, has begun in Wellington.

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Paul Brislen. 09 November 2018, 5:12 pm

I listed the digital divide as the single biggest issue facing the new CTO, as something that needed to be addressed immediately.

That didn't work out so well but the issue remains high on the list…

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Focus on cyber security puts Huawei under the spotlight

Paul Brislen. 05 November 2018, 5:32 am

Pressure is mounting on the New Zealand government to follow Australia and the United States' lead in banning Chinese equipment maker Huawei from building next generation cellphone networks in this co…

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Paul Brislen. 26 October 2018, 4:00 pm

A $10 Billion industry. That's not bad for a bunch of geeks sitting in the corner. The tech sector is worth $10 billion a year, with most of that coming from exports, and is growing at more than 7% ye…

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TIN report highlights thriving tech sector

Sarah Putt. 25 October 2018, 8:33 am

When TIN (Technology Investment Network) founder Greg Shanahan first began publishing the list of earnings for the top New Zealand companies in 2005 he sent out 70 surveys. This year he sent out over …

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Chorus unbundled fibre design

Brendan Ritchie. 24 October 2018, 5:00 am

Unbundled fibre is coming, by 2020 it will be available for use by retail service providers. What that means for end users is uncertain, in fact what it means for telcos is uncertain, but key details …

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Paul Brislen. 19 October 2018, 3:00 pm

We remember when the future was cool. The Sky is falling ... for Sky. And Goods and Service Tax will be applied to every item you buy online - will this change the world of retail for ever?

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Is NZ's funding of research future-focused?

Paul Matthews. 12 October 2018, 5:26 pm

There's lots happening on the research side of things, with results of the $249M research investment through the Endeavour Fund announced recently and R&D Tax Credit scheme details released this week.…

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The true cost of cyber-bullying

Paul Brislen. 10 October 2018, 7:12 am

One in ten New Zealanders has been cyber-bullied and the total cost each year runs to more than $400 million says a new report from Netsafe.

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