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Social media face off with Australia

Paul Brislen. 25 January 2021, 7:07 am

Google says it will pull its search engine service out of the Australian market if the government there goes ahead with plans to make the social media giant pay for access to news content. Is this the…

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Griffin on Tech - A tidy transition, the end of T-Box and streaming Dylan

Peter Griffin. 22 January 2021, 11:25 am

It could have got really nasty online and on Washington's streets. But a sense of calm pervaded the inauguration of President Biden.

Now the President has to give shape to his approach to dealing w…

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Aussie MPs unite to go after internet 'idiots and conspiracists'

Peter Griffin. 21 January 2021, 10:11 am

Over 50 Australian MPs have joined a parliamentary group to examine ways to make social media platforms safer as the government seeks feedback on a bill to expand the eSafety Commissioner's powers.

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Griffin on Tech: The social dilemma, duelling knights and Covid complacency

Peter Griffin. 15 January 2021, 11:03 am

2021 gets off to a tumultuous start with Trump's de-platforming, plunging use of the Covid Tracer app and a fight over America's Cup graphics. Where's the peace, love and understanding we were promise…

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The ramifications of Twitter’s Trump ban…

Peter Griffin. 12 January 2021, 1:07 pm

Twitter and Facebook banning Trump will only accelerate moves to regulate social media platforms as the US asks itself how much freedom of speech it really wants.

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Google whacked with another anti-trust suit as lawyers gear up for a litigious 2021

Peter Griffin. 18 December 2020, 9:04 am

Another week, another massive lawsuit for Google as ten US states allege the search and advertising giant manipulated ad exchange auctions and colluded with Facebook to control the online ad market.

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FTC sues Facebook, seeks to undo WhatsApp and Instagram acquisitions

Peter Griffin. 10 December 2020, 9:51 am

US regulators are ending the year as they intend to go on, with a flurry of anti-trust lawsuits that this time target social media giant Facebook.

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Trump's fired cybersecurity chief - "It's not how I wanted to go out"

Peter Griffin. 01 December 2020, 10:19 am

President Trump's cybersecurity chief Chris Krebs is a life-long Republican who was fired by the president for his efforts to preserve the integrity of the US election system.

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Computer games - the new security breach vector

Paul Brislen. 25 November 2020, 7:26 am

As the COVID pandemic sweeps the world, home entertainment (particularly online games) have surged in popularity, but for some users it also brings cyberbullying, personal attacks and hacking.

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Github builds war chest to fight copyright claims, reverses takedown decision

Peter Griffin. 17 November 2020, 10:05 am

A move by Github to support software developers fight copyright-infringement claims has been welcomed by the open-source software community.

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Alibaba rakes in 'Singles Day' billions as Chinese tech regulation looms

Peter Griffin. 11 November 2020, 11:54 pm

Alibaba set a record for Singles Day sales of US$56 billion but it and other major Chinese e-tailers have seen their share prices published as Beijing outlines regulations designed to curtail the powe…

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While we wait... what Biden or Trump means for tech

Peter Griffin. 05 November 2020, 7:14 am

The tech industry's fortunes rest on who wins the White House and who has the power to pass legislation that could radically change how it does business.

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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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