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A filtered Internet is not the Internet we need

Jordan Carter. 17 March 2021, 8:09 am

Every few years the idea that we should make our ISPs filter all internet content bubbles to the surface. Once again, it's a bad idea.

A guest post from InternetNZ's chief executive, Jordan Carter…

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DARPA recruits intel and Microsoft for next-generation encryption push

Peter Griffin. 09 March 2021, 9:38 am

The US military's advanced research department (DARPA) wants to develop new encryption technology to protect privacy as masses of personal data move to cloud computing platforms.

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Consumer Data Right - start small and scale up, says industry

Peter Griffin. 04 March 2021, 8:18 am

The banking and payments industry has largely come out in favour of the Government's plan to introduce a Consumer Data Right (CDR) that would allow people to take their data with them as they switch p…

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Facebook 1: Australia: 0

Paul Brislen. 24 February 2021, 7:16 am

Facebook has called Australia's bluff and removed professional news media from its platform and now the Australian government has folded, introducing amendments to the proposed media code and giving F…

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New Zealand to join the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime

Techblog Staff. 22 February 2021, 5:00 am

New Zealand is to join the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime, to further our international cooperation efforts in tackling cybercrime.

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Brislen on Tech: Ante up

Paul Brislen. 19 February 2021, 2:07 pm

The Australian government is introducing a law that will require social media platforms to pay for access to professional media.

Google has agreed to set up commercial relations with the providers…

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Facebook pulls the plug on news in Australia - will the ban last?

Peter Griffin. 18 February 2021, 1:04 pm

Big Tech's relationship with Australians has taken a dive, with Facebook following through on its threats to block news from Australian media outlets from appearing on its platform.

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Aussie govt aims to take control of social media accounts

Paul Brislen. 17 February 2021, 9:39 am

Not content with forcing providers to include back doors into any kind of messaging software, the Australian federal government has introduced a bill giving it the power to take over social media acco…

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Search engine wars: Bing to the rescue?

Peter Griffin. 02 February 2021, 10:12 am

As Australia's tense stand-off with Google continues, Microsoft hAS reached out to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison with an offer of help.

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Google dominates digital ad space - ACCC

Peter Griffin. 28 January 2021, 2:34 pm

Google's woes in Australia deepened today as the Australian competition watchdog released a report outlining how Google dominates aspects of the A$9.1 billion Australian digital ad market.

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Honor looks to go global in life after Huawei

Peter Griffin. 25 January 2021, 10:11 pm

Chinese phone maker Honor debuts its first phone since splitting off from blacklisted parent Huawei. Will its newfound freedom see it target international markets like New Zealand?

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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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