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Griffin on Tech: America's 5G jumbo disaster - what went wrong?…
Airlines this week cancelled or rerouted flights heading to certain US airports. Was it due to a surge in Omicron cases, threats of terrorism, or a fault identified in jumbo jets?
Turns out it is b…
UNESCO adopts a global agreement on the ethics of artificial intelligence
UNESCO has adopted a recommendation on the ethics of artificial intelligence which bans the use of AI systems for social scoring and mass surveillance.
From deep fakes to crypto scams - six cybersecurity predictions for 2022
As we approach the holiday season, it is worth remembering that hackers never sleep.
Griffin on Tech: We need an online safety code that works for Kiwis first and foremost
Internet safety watchdog NetSafe needs a more inclusive approach to drafting its new code of practice for digital platform providers, according to Internet experts.
Ending online anonymity won't make social media less toxic
Online bullying and misinformation are growing problems, and government action to address them is overdue.
Digital Identity in New Zealand: technical choices have human impacts
People need a chance to engage on the good, bad, and ugly of digital IDs.
Why has Meta delayed its end-to-end encryption plans?
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.
Griffin on Tech: A win for the right-to-repair movement
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…
Government action on accessibility to ramp up next year
A new ministry for disabled people and new accessibility legislation will see digital accessibility issues in the spotlight in 2022.
Are our phones really designed to slow down over time? Experts look at the evidence
Do manufacturers really slow down our phones on purpose to nudge us towards shiny new ones, as has been claimed?
Anti-money laundering start-up raises $30 million
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.
Our Digital Strategy needs to be more human-centric and values-driven
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…
Griffin on Tech: Aussie's ransomware crackdown could make us a bigger target
Australia is introducing laws specifically targeting ransomware attacks. Really, will that make a difference?
And does it now make New Zealand organisations softer targets?
Should social media platforms have a duty to care?
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".
The public cloud giants are coming but data residency is not data sovereignty
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 …
Anatomy of a smishing scam in the age of Covid
It was a reasonably convincing phishing scam on the face of it. Then the facade started to crumble.
Apple's controversial plan to detect child abuse images has merit - and it's totally legal
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.
Will Aussie publishers ditch Facebook comments?
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.
Griffin on Tech: When your digital footprint could prove deadly
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.
Let's talk copper
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.