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Waikato Uni opens Esports arena

Sarah Putt. 22 August 2019, 12:44 pm

It's the fastest growing sport in the world, so it makes sense for the tertiary sector to take notice of Esports. The University of Waikato has gone a step further, claiming it is making New Zealand history by launching the first university-based esports facility, the OMEN Esports Arena.

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 16 August 2019, 4:30 pm

It's hard getting cut through when you want to send out marketing bumf, so just imagine how difficult it was to get people to complete the Census online.

Soon we'll have CCTV cameras out the wazoo - have we really thought this through?

And when news can be whatever we want it to be and platforms like Facebook and Youtube arguably muddy fact and fiction, where does that leave rational debate?

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NetHui 2019 fellowships on offer

Paul Brislen. 14 August 2019, 7:04 am

InternetNZ is gearing up for this year's NetHui to be held in Te Papa on 3rd and 4th of October.

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US Attorney General calls for backdoor access to messages

Paul Brislen. 31 July 2019, 7:23 am

The US government appears to be taking a leaf from Australia's play book in demanding that all tech companies provide backdoor access to secure messaging systems in a move that pits the government the…

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Fake 5G news grows in vacuum of factual information

Paul Brislen. 29 July 2019, 7:18 am

Even as telcos and handset makers prepare for 5G opposition among community groups grows. Where are our official sources of truth on the matter and does their silence help the junk science players to …

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 26 July 2019, 8:30 am

If ever you needed more proof that social media giants want to own all our data the latest FaceApp noise should surely be enough.

Plus, do we need a strategy for tech in New Zealand? It's not a new…

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New Zealand urgently needs cohesive strategy for tech

Graeme Muller. 23 July 2019, 9:29 am

NZTech's Graeme Muller is calling for a cohesive, joined up strategy for the development of technology in New Zealand.

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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 frien…

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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, havin…

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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…

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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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