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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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Aussie government takes on social media giants

Paul Brislen. 22 April 2020, 8:09 am

The Australian government has served up a nasty surprise for the social media giants that dominate the paid advertising world - it is drafting a set of rules to govern paying professional news produce…

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Building trust in Aotearoa: data and the new normal

aimee whitcroft. 17 April 2020, 7:38 am

InternetNZ councillor and open data proponent aimee whitcroft thinks there's a better way to think about data and its ownership and how we can share data without giving away the crown jewels.

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Cyber security and COVID-19 – how to stay safe online

Buddle Findlay tech team. 01 April 2020, 7:49 am

Law firm Buddle Findlay has put together a piece on cyber security and how to keep your data safe during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Reposted with kind permission.

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A newspaper, a military contract, a tech giant and a president

Sarah Putt. 20 February 2020, 3:12 pm

When Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post in 2013, he can't have foreseen that would it one day result in a battle with a US President. But that's how it's shaping up.

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Govt plans legislation following Christchurch Call

Sarah Putt. 13 February 2020, 6:00 am

The Government intends to toughen laws to counter the spread of violent extremist content online. Cabinet papers, proactively released, outline proposals which include takedown notices and provisions …

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Tech tool kit for future lawyers

Sarah Putt. 29 October 2019, 5:26 pm

If a driverless car runs someone over who is liable - and would it be considered an accident so that ACC would apply? If more prisoners are appearing in court via video link, are different skills requ…

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 18 October 2019, 4:23 pm

When Facebook told lies about how much people watched video it scored a $40m fine. It makes roughly 1000 times that much in profit each year.

And Australia, it's always been the lucky country. So w…

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On privacy and elections: five minutes with Andrew Little

Paul Brislen. 30 September 2019, 6:24 am

The Honorable Andrew Little is the Minister for Justice and as such responsible for the new Privacy Bill and also for overseeing our election process. Techblog editor Paul Brislen caught up with the m…

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Facebook moves to address extremist content

Paul Brislen. 18 September 2019, 8:49 am

Facebook has launched a raft of changes designed to head off future criticism of the company for failing to act on issues relating to extremist right-wing content, but will they deliver actual change …

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 13 September 2019, 3:00 pm

Our new Privacy Bill is nearly ready - but is it fit for purpose?

Deep fakes are coming - is our Electoral Commission ready for fake news?

And when it is acceptable to punch a contractor on the …

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Jack Dorsey comes to town to discuss fake news and extremism

Paul Brislen. 09 September 2019, 5:49 am

As pressure mounts again on the social media giants (Facebook, Google, Twitter and Microsoft) to do more to combat extremism, Twitter's founder and CEO Jack Dorsey is jetting in to New Zealand to talk…

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The privacy paradigm shift - huge fines show privacy issues can no longer be ignored

Frith Tweedie. 30 August 2019, 1:48 pm

Privacy is fast becoming a major issue for organisations and regulators alike. What can we learn from international examples and what does that mean for New Zealand? A guest post from Frith Tweedie, d…

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 09 August 2019, 8:45 am

What role do companies play in the free speech debate?

Will the next company to get hacked be as up front as the last one?

And happy birthday, internet. Why I remember when you were just a node …

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