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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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Is the age of anonymous crypto trading coming to an end?

Peter Griffin. 22 July 2021, 9:18 am

The European Union is proposing a law change for the region that would require companies transferring Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to collect the details of sender and recipient.

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Griffin on Tech: Will tech giants finally pay their fair share of tax?

Peter Griffin. 16 July 2021, 8:41 am

Big Tech companies are making record profits.

Now momentum is growing internationally to build a tax regime that will see them pay their fair share of tax in each country they operate in.

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Football revealed how hopeless content moderation still is

Peter Griffin. 13 July 2021, 10:34 am

Yesterday's nail-biting penalty shootout that handed victory to the Italians over the English in the Euro 2020 final also triggered a torrent of hate speech on social media.

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Consumer Data Right gets the Government go-ahead

Peter Griffin. 08 July 2021, 8:44 am

Consumers will have more control over how their personal information is used and the right to transfer it between service providers with a Consumer Data Right set to be enshrined in legislation.

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Hacking gang's US$70 million ransom demand

Peter Griffin. 06 July 2021, 7:42 am

The REvil group behind what may be the largest worldwide ransomware attack to date, has changed tack with its ransom demands, asking for payment of US$70 million in Bitcoin to release decryption tools…

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Demise of a tech maverick - RIP John McAfee

Peter Griffin. 24 June 2021, 10:25 am

John McAfee's death in a Spanish prison cell ends a wild ride for the tech visionary who in the late 1980s controlled the antivirus software market.

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Aussie ramps up scrutiny of Big Tech over mobile payments

Peter Griffin. 27 May 2021, 10:40 am

As New Zealand introduces legislation to lower merchant fees for mobile payments, Australia is probing Google and Apple over their growing power in the payments market.

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Epic vs Apple trial wraps up - what's at stake

Peter Griffin. 25 May 2021, 10:51 am

A three-week country case in the US between video gamer maker Epic and Apple over access to the App Store wrapped up yesterday and it could be months before a judgement is released.

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How repairable is your smartphone?

Peter Griffin. 11 May 2021, 10:13 am

Consumer New Zealand has created a version of the French smartphone 'repairability index' to give phone buyers an idea of how well phone brands facilitate repairs.

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