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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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Stats NZ seeks public input in legislation refresh

Sarah Putt. 06 November 2018, 9:37 am

Generation X was making its first baby steps into the world, and Generations Y and Z had not even been thought of, when the Statistics Act 1975 came into being. But for 40 years the country's data has been governed by an Act that doesn't even have the word 'data' in it.

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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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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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Five Eyes reports on hackers' tools

Paul Brislen. 15 October 2018, 7:59 am

The Five Eyes spy network (made up of New Zealand, Australia, the UK, Canada and the US) has issued a report which highlights the most commonly wielded hacking utilities available online.

Rather t…

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Paul Brislen. 12 October 2018, 5:14 pm

News that almost all of the sub-contractors employed by the contractors employed by Chorus to build the Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) network are exploiting their workers in one form or another has tarni…

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Blockchain more transformative than internet - researcher

Sarah Putt. 02 October 2018, 5:12 pm

New Zealand should look to become a blockchain and financial technology hub, argues a team of legal and financial experts in a report based on research funded by the New Zealand Law Foundation's Infor…

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Netsafe shines spotlight on safety

Sean Lyons. 02 October 2018, 7:39 am

Online safety is quickly coming to the forefront of conversations around digital services and products here in New Zealand and Netsafe is a key component in the battle to keep us all safe online.

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90 million reasons to unsubscribe

Paul Brislen. 01 October 2018, 5:00 am

Fifty million Facebook users have, apparently, woken to the news that their profiles have been breached and they have to change their passwords.

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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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