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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 12 April 2019, 5:02 pm

Sir Paul Callaghan said we need to build an environment where talent wants to live, where we have 100 companies at the $1 billion mark that aren't farms, and that we absolutely can build this second s…

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Copyright updating, please wait

James Ting-Edwards. 11 April 2019, 5:00 am

New Zealand's 25-year-old copyright law is out of date and badly needs an update to meet the needs of New Zealanders in the Internet era.

The long, long version is in InternetNZ's 58 page submissi…

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 05 April 2019, 1:46 pm

The departure of Simon Moutter from Spark's biggest seat spells the end of an era in New Zealand telecommunications. And Facebook takes a puff on Big Tobacco's finest product - a PR campaign designed …

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EU passes copyright directives

Paul Brislen. 27 March 2019, 8:06 am

Articles 11 and 13 - the so-called link tax and upload filter - are introduced and new laws will be drafted by member states but will it achieve what its proponents suggest or will it be the end of th…

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Facebook forced to explain itself some more

Paul Brislen. 25 March 2019, 8:23 am

Facebook faces more pressure after court documents revealed it knew about Cambridge Analytica's scraping of data months before news broke.

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 15 March 2019, 11:00 am

Privacy. It's one of those things that you may not realise is important until you've lost it. Once it's gone, there's no getting it back. Once your mother's maiden name or your first pet's name is out…

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DNA law under review

Sarah Putt. 14 March 2019, 3:57 pm

New Zealand was among the first countries to pass laws governing the collection and use of DNA in criminal investigations. But, like pretty much all new technology, its application has evolved in leap…

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 15 February 2019, 1:00 pm

I made my eldest daughter cry this morning. I told her about the robot on Mars, Opportunity, and how it was finally out of juice.

Only I made the mistake of telling her as I heard it - via Jacob Ma…

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When is a hack not a hack?

Paul Brislen. 13 February 2019, 8:54 am

The South Canterbury Property Investors' Association collection of the private details of renters is one thing, sharing them with members is something else but exposing them to the internet for all th…

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Australian parliament hack attack

Paul Brislen. 11 February 2019, 11:30 am

Australian politicians are being forced to change their passwords following an attempt to hack the Australian federal parliament's IT system.

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Termination for convenience in ICT contracts: It isn’t always that convenient

Buddle Findlay team. 11 February 2019, 7:00 am

When ICT projects fail (and it has been reported in the past that two thirds of projects in New Zealand are failing) the customer's first reaction is often to look at terminating for breach. However…

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 01 February 2019, 12:00 pm

It's tough at the top, as Apple CEO Tim Cook is finding out. And another day, another Facebook travesty - this time, conning teenagers into install a VPN on their phones so they could scoop up all the…

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Apple FaceTime security flaw exposed

Paul Brislen. 30 January 2019, 8:17 am

Apple has temporarily disabled the group calling capability in its FaceTime application after discovering unscrupulous users could listen in on other users even if they didn't answer the call.

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Govt calls for input on e-commerce rules

Sarah Putt. 29 January 2019, 2:31 pm

What exactly are the rules for selling online to a global customer base? If you've ever wondered, then you are not alone as the World Trade Organisation is itself grappling with the question of how to…

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Google hit with record GDPR fine

Paul Brislen. 23 January 2019, 8:51 am

GDPR is here and the first company to fall foul is Google with a fine of $NZ85 million for failing to provide clear processes for customers signing up to Android services. But Google isn't alone and q…

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Huawei's year off to a rocky start

Paul Brislen. 16 January 2019, 2:17 pm

Huawei's year is off to a rocky start with more countries reviewing the role Huawei equipment plays in their networks.

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What's the point of a warranty period in a SaaS contract?

Buddle Findlay. 05 December 2018, 6:29 am

What's the point of a warranty period in a SaaS contract?

We are increasingly seeing significant gaps between suppliers and customers of SaaS contracts in relation to their expectations about the …

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Marriott hack: 500 million records exposed

Paul Brislen. 03 December 2018, 7:37 am

The latest mega-hack suggests companies aren't all that good at protecting personal data.

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Copyright Act finally under review

Sarah Putt. 29 November 2018, 7:58 pm

The Coalition Government has announced a review of the Copyright Act 1994, and has released an issues paper as the opening salvo in what has the potential to be a vigorous and contentious public deba…

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GCSB says no to Huawei in Spark's 5G network

Paul Brislen. 28 November 2018, 5:29 pm

In a surprise decision, the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) has turned down Spark's application to use Chinese equipment maker Huawei in its 5G mobile network deployment.

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