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Ending online anonymity won't make social media less toxic

By Shireen Morris and Andrew Ball. 29 November 2021, 11:25 am

Online bullying and misinformation are growing problems, and government action to address them is overdue.

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Digital Identity in New Zealand: technical choices have human impacts

By James Ting-Edwards. 26 November 2021, 9:35 am

People need a chance to engage on the good, bad, and ugly of digital IDs.

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Why has Meta delayed its end-to-end encryption plans?

Peter Griffin. 23 November 2021, 10:34 am

A plan to add end-to-end encryption to Instagram and Facebook Messenger has been pushed out a year as Meta faces strong opposition from child safety advocates and law enforcement agencies.

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Griffin on Tech: A win for the right-to-repair movement

Peter Griffin. 19 November 2021, 11:42 am

Apple will give iPhone and Mac users the tools and parts to repair their own devices in the first big move among electronics makers to give consumers back some control.

Peter Griffin gives the lowd…

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Government action on accessibility to ramp up next year

by Dr Chandra Harrison. 19 November 2021, 8:08 am

A new ministry for disabled people and new accessibility legislation will see digital accessibility issues in the spotlight in 2022.

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Are our phones really designed to slow down over time? Experts look at the evidence

By Michael Cowling and Amy Johnson. 17 November 2021, 3:00 pm

Do manufacturers really slow down our phones on purpose to nudge us towards shiny new ones, as has been claimed?

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Anti-money laundering start-up raises $30 million

Peter Griffin. 02 November 2021, 9:05 am

A record year for start-up capital raising looks set to end on a strong note with Auckland-based FirstAML raising $30 million in a Series B funding round.

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Our Digital Strategy needs to be more human-centric and values-driven

By Dr. Markus Luczak-Roesch. 21 October 2021, 11:47 am

The key question is whether Aotearoa New Zealand wants to embark on a bold and unique journey to fundamentally rethink technological development, from cable to cloud and from assembly to apps, to be m…

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Griffin on Tech: Aussie's ransomware crackdown could make us a bigger target

Peter Griffin. 15 October 2021, 3:00 pm

Australia is introducing laws specifically targeting ransomware attacks. Really, will that make a difference?

And does it now make New Zealand organisations softer targets?

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Should social media platforms have a duty to care?

By Kim Connolly-Stone. 14 October 2021, 8:28 am

Governments around the world are thinking about how they regulate the activities of social media platforms and whether a stronger hand is needed. I say "yes please".

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The public cloud giants are coming but data residency is not data sovereignty

Don Christie and Doug Dixon. 29 September 2021, 9:03 am

Aoteroa's future will be defined not just by the digital economy, but by the digital governance, argue Catalyst IT's Don Christie and Doug Dixon as they consider the implications of AWS and Microsoft …

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Anatomy of a smishing scam in the age of Covid

Peter Griffin. 28 September 2021, 9:37 am

It was a reasonably convincing phishing scam on the face of it. Then the facade started to crumble.

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Apple's controversial plan to detect child abuse images has merit - and it's totally legal

Rick Shera. 10 September 2021, 10:45 am

Apple's plan to help stamp out child sex abuse material online has hit resistance but does a good job at balancing public good and privacy.

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Will Aussie publishers ditch Facebook comments?

Peter Griffin. 09 September 2021, 10:06 am

A major court ruling across the Tasman effectively strips away the safe harbour provisions media companies enjoy when it comes to comments left on social media platforms.

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Griffin on Tech: When your digital footprint could prove deadly

Peter Griffin. 03 September 2021, 4:07 pm

Afghan citizens have scrambled to erase their digital footprint in fear of retribution from the victorious Taliban, who now control Afghanistan's internet providers, telcos and government databases.

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Let's talk copper

Paul Brislen. 30 August 2021, 11:06 am

There seems to be some confusion about copper lines and how they work, not to mention why we're moving away from them to newer technology, so I thought I'd have a go at explaining it all.

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EY inks major deal to push Microsoft products worldwide

Peter Griffin. 17 August 2021, 9:55 am

Consulting firm and systems integrator EY is embarking on a major expansion of its relationship with Microsoft that will see150,000 of its employees trained in use of the Redmond giant's technologies.

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Griffin on Tech: The WWW at 30 - three priorities for its future

Peter Griffin. 13 August 2021, 1:16 pm

It's 30 years this week since Tim Berners Lee turned on the World Wide Web.

Decentralisation, semantic web technologies and bridging the digital divide will help shape Web 3.0.

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Aussie lawmakers still have their sights on encryption

Peter Griffin. 10 August 2021, 9:12 am

Software makers and social media platforms could soon face a big fine in Australia if they don't adhere to rules that require them to detect unlawful material on encrypted platforms.

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Outspoken privacy watchdog tipped to take on Big Tech in UK role

Peter Griffin. 27 July 2021, 10:59 am

Our outspoken privacy commissioner, John Edwards, appears to be destined for a big promotion with reports suggesting he has been selected as the UK's next "privacy tsar".

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