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Brislen on Tech: Googling the future

Paul Brislen. 23 October 2020, 3:42 pm

The US Department of Justice is taking on Google and will lose. There really isn't anything the DOJ can do to Google that will stop it making money, so why do it at all?

And are there any other way…

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Anticompetitive and exclusionary: DOJ vs Google

Paul Brislen. 21 October 2020, 7:28 am

In a move that echoes its 20-year-old case against Microsoft, the US Department of Justice has set its sights on Google for allegedly acting as a monopoly and preventing competition. But does the DOJ …

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NZTech: Labour win good for tech

Peter Griffin. 20 October 2020, 8:51 am

NZTech says Labour's return to government is 'good news for tech' as it will mean progress on the digital technologies industry transformation plan.

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Brislen on Tech: End to the End-to-end encryption…

Paul Brislen. 16 October 2020, 10:08 am

The government would like to break the security protocols that hide terrorists and other ratbags from their surveillance but in order to do so your online purchases - from music to pizza delivery - wi…

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Big push for breaking encryption

Paul Brislen. 12 October 2020, 2:58 pm

Should law enforcement agencies be granted access to encrypted communications? The Five Eyes consortium believes so, even if it weakens security for everyday services like watching television and usin…

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An intriguing experiment with digital currency is set to begin

Peter Griffin. 07 October 2020, 11:31 pm

A digital currency offered by an Auckland start-up and backed by real cash will launch next year to enable companies to transact with customers and offer loans. But an official central bank-issued dig…

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Advertisers challenge Facebook over fake ads

Paul Brislen. 14 September 2020, 5:02 pm

Fake news and now fake ads - will Facebook face the facts or fail to respond to concerns about its platform?

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Misogyny - there’s an algorithm for that

Peter Griffin. 01 September 2020, 9:42 am

Australian researchers have developed an algorithm that can trawl millions of tweets identifying misogynistic content with 75 per cent accuracy. Is it an answer to toxic social media abuse aimed at wo…

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A stock market crash - literally

Peter Griffin. 27 August 2020, 9:40 am

The NZX is recovering from a denial of service attack and we may see more similar attacks as the move to remote working seems millions more insecure computers online that could be harnessed to launch …

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Brislen on Tech: Consumer Data Rights

Paul Brislen. 21 August 2020, 3:11 pm

Your data may not be yours to own and manage, but a new discussion paper from MBIE seeks to understand what it would take to give you the power to own your own data.

What does it mean for you, your…

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Shock move: Oracle re-emerges from obscurity

Paul Brislen. 19 August 2020, 8:03 am

Oracle may have been relatively quiet in recent years but this week has lumbered back onto the scene with a bid to buy TikTok and a claim that Google has infringed on users' privacy for years.

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Google's info war with Aussie regulator

Peter Griffin. 18 August 2020, 10:40 am

Google is prepared to fight a mandatory code that will see it forced to share ad revenue with Aussie media outlets and is prepared to manipulate the facts to win public support.

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Holocaust denialism rampant on Facebook: research

Paul Brislen. 17 August 2020, 12:29 pm

Facebook houses dozens of Holocaust-denial groups on its platform with more than 300,000 active users, yet claims it is a neutral platform and doesn't want to get dragged into a historical debate.

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Consultation opens on establishing a consumer data right

Techblog Staff. 06 August 2020, 6:42 am

MBIE wants to hear from you about options for establishing a consumer data right that would better meet the needs of consumers and allow them to harness the power of their data. 

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Commerce Commission releases independent reviews into security incident, details actions taken

Techblog Staff. 05 August 2020, 10:37 am

After having a laptop stolen, the Commerce Commission reviewed its processes and policies. Today the report is released.

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Does Apple treat every developer the same?

Peter Griffin. 04 August 2020, 10:06 am

Developers are crying foul over Tim Cook's antitrust testimony that it treats all developers of apps in its App Store equally as Apple faces the most heat of the four Big Tech CEOs.

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Congress holds the blow torch to Big Tech

Peter Griffin. 30 July 2020, 11:14 am

US tech leaders are grilled over their alleged anti-competitive behaviour by US politicians dismayed at the power of Big Tech.

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Brislen on Tech: The rise and fall of Facebook

Paul Brislen. 03 July 2020, 2:06 pm

Facebook is the largest publisher the world has ever seen, yet it refuses to accept the responsibility that comes with that role. From privacy breaches to tax avoidance to hate groups and political in…

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No 'porn licence' for New Zealand

Paul Brislen. 24 June 2020, 8:38 am

New Zealand First's plan to introduce pornography filtering on all New Zealand internet services looks set to fail with its coalition partners Labour and the Greens both declining to support the legis…

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Facebook makes transparency tool compulsory for election

Paul Brislen. 17 June 2020, 7:36 am

Facebook will make it compulsory for New Zealand political parties to use its transparency reporting tool if they want to advertise on the platform during the next general election later this year, br…

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