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Social media fails another crime victim

Paul Brislen. 17 July 2019, 8:05 am

Graphic images of a murdered US teen are being circulated on Instagram only months after the Christchurch terror attacks were live streamed. Instagram's thoughts are with the victim's family and friends, but where are its actions?

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Digital disappearing acts

Sarah Putt. 09 July 2019, 1:43 pm

The concept of ownership in a digital world is once again under the spotlight following Microsoft's move this month to close its books category. Those who had purchased ebooks will get a refund, having been forewarned about the closure in April.

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Counting crowds

Sarah Putt. 04 July 2019, 10:09 pm

How many people turn up for an event is in itself newsworthy, even more so if it's a protest march. The pro-democracy protest on Monday in Hong Kong is a prime example, according to The New York Times the organisers claimed that 550,000 people turned out, the police counter-claimed with 190,000, but AI researchers put the number at 265,000.

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Machine learning can predict leaders, maybe

Sarah Putt. 20 June 2019, 7:58 pm

What makes a good leader? Apparently, this too can be answered by Artificial Intelligence. That's according to a study led by Otago University, which claims that very soon machines will have a say in …

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Auckland Uni invests in AI

Sarah Putt. 18 June 2019, 6:32 pm

The University of Auckland has established a new Artificial Intelligence lab, with $4 million in Government funding, and has recruited a former member of IBM Research AI to run it.

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Tech sector performance review: employees weigh in

Paul Brislen. 17 June 2019, 7:59 am

Employer technology choices remain among the top three requirements Kiwi staff have, according to the latest Randstad annual employer brand survey.

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 06 June 2019, 6:00 am

Well, that went well.

First of all, a user of YouTube (owned by Google) in Brazil discovered that her video of her daughter playing in the backyard was being viewed hundreds of thousands of times. …

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Digital giants to face DST

Paul Brislen. 05 June 2019, 8:53 am

Should multinationals be able to move profits around the globe and "minimise their tax burden" or should they support the local economies in which they operate?

This is the question facing the gove…

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 17 May 2019, 3:00 pm

Vodafone is sold, FINALLY, and the telco market is shaken up again...

But where to now for the mobile market in New Zealand and why won't 5G fry my brain?

And we'll always have Paris - how is th…

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The company that NZ start-ups keep

Sarah Putt. 14 May 2019, 7:47 pm

New Zealand start-ups are in the "activation phase" of their collective life-cycle, with the strongest showing in the Agtech & New Food, and Life Sciences sectors. That's according to the Start-Up Gen…

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Regulating social media: lessons from Britain’s first highway code

Alison Holt. 09 May 2019, 6:54 am

Social media has risen from nowhere to become the dominant media platform on the planet in a short space of time, but at a cost. What can we learn from other rapidly developed technologies and how the…

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