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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 28 September 2018, 3:49 pm

It's 2025 and your auto-drive car slews sickeningly across a dark and rain-drenched road. You scrabble at the wheel as the car slides across the wet tarmac and disappears into the bush and scrub and i…

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Fixing government IT procurement - Part II

Dave Lane. 26 September 2018, 5:00 am

Part II: A modest proposal

Having described a problem so pervasive in the status quo of government software procurement - which has led to a situation I have characterised, without hyperbole, as a…

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Fixing government IT procurement

Dave lane. 24 September 2018, 11:40 am

Today in New Zealand, local and central government procurement of IT services and software uses a model which, it is widely thought in the domestic IT industry, produces unsatisfactory results. Despit…

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 21 September 2018, 4:26 pm

A few weeks ago we talked about the EU and its plan to introduce new copyright laws in the shape of Article 11 and Article 13. I suggested the EU would be stupid to do so because they don't understand…

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No AirPower for Apple at this point

Paul Brislen. 17 September 2018, 7:19 am

A year after buying New Zealand wireless charging company PowerbyProxi, Apple is apparently no closer to launching a consumer product on the market, despite announcing it would in 2018.

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 14 September 2018, 1:52 pm

Telephones used to be such simple things. You grabbed them by the nose and turned the dial around and lo! You could talk to someone.

Then they became terribly complicated beasts. They were portable…

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Derek Handley: The CTO role

Derek Handley. 14 September 2018, 12:10 pm

The government's CTO role process has ground to a halt, but throughout it all, the man chosen for the role has been silent. Now, Derek Handley himself speaks out for the first time.

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Apple launch snooze fest oh hello, what's this?

Paul Brislen. 13 September 2018, 7:02 am

It is a ritual as old as time itself (well, certainly for the past 11 years at least). The pilgrimage to the well of all things - the annual Apple announcement about some new gear.

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What is a DEDIMAG anyway?

Victoria Maclennan. 07 September 2018, 6:00 am

What is DEDIMAG and how does it fit in with the government's CTO project?

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Five Eyes calls on tech sector to 'do the right thing'

Paul Brislen. 03 September 2018, 7:05 am

The spy agencies of the so-called Five Eyes group (Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the US and UK) have called on IT companies to "voluntarily establish lawful access solutions to their products and se…

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 31 August 2018, 2:21 pm

There's really only one tech story of note this week - the rise and fall of the country's CTO, a role which hasn't even been filled yet.

The CTO role was initially mooted by Rod Drury who, presumab…

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Untangling the NZ CTO

Jay Daley. 31 August 2018, 12:45 pm

As we approach the announcement of the inaugural NZ CTO I've seen a few lengthy comments about the nature role and what it needs to do that are quite different from what I thought this role was all ab…

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Where to now for the CTO?

Paul Brislen. 27 August 2018, 7:12 am

The demotion of Clare Curran from Cabinet means the future of the search for the country's first Chief Technology Officer hangs in the balance. Where to now for the role that can't be fulfilled?

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Curran removed from Cabinet

Paul Brislen. 24 August 2018, 5:02 pm

Clare Curran has been removed from Cabinet following the disclosure of a second meeting that was not recorded in her diary - a meeting connected with the search for a CTO.

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 24 August 2018, 3:45 pm

Three news stories this week mean we must surely give pause for a moment and reflect on what is going on with the internet.

The three stories relate to Microsoft and Facebook policing the internet.…

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Microsoft moves to shut down alleged Russian phishing sites

Paul Brislen. 22 August 2018, 7:10 am

Microsoft says it has blocked an attempted attack on the US Senate and a conservative think tank ahead of mid-term elections in November.

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2Degrees seeks new CEO

Paul Brislen. 13 August 2018, 7:09 am

Five years on from the terrible news that 2Degrees' CEO Eric Hertz and his wife had been killed in a plane crash, "acting" CEO Stewart Sheriff is to retire from the role later this year.

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 10 August 2018, 4:00 pm

In which we discuss free speech, the need to protect it and what is and isn't considered 'free speech'; why online elections create such a ruckus; and a new government marketplace to replace the panel…

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Māori participation in IT - research participants sought

Sarah Putt. 07 August 2018, 9:33 am

At the recent ITx conference I was fortunate to attend a session taken by Ngāi Tahu Research Scholar at the University of Canterbury, Mark Van der klei, who spoke about his PhD thesis, which has the …

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Facebook lambasted by UK parliamentary inquiry

Paul Brislen. 06 August 2018, 7:25 am

The UK parliamentary committee looking into Facebook and Cambridge Analytica's manipulation of the news media around the world has released a damning report  that says Facebook failed in its duty to …

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