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Brislen on Tech: The people or the pixel

Paul Brislen. 07 May 2021, 12:33 pm

Facebook tracks users' movements online using Facebook pixels - small lines of code embedded in websites.

It's one thing for commercial sites to use pixels, but how do you feel knowing government sites like NZTA and the Police also use them?

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Brislen on Tech: Informed consent

Paul Brislen. 30 April 2021, 1:51 pm

Privacy is the football which Facebook and Apple are kicking around this week, but ultimately it's the end user who should benefit.

So why is privacy the new black?

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New Zealand needs to do better at building world-class firms

Techblog staff. 20 April 2021, 5:00 am

The Productivity Commission has reviewed a number of "frontier firms" to determine what kind of bar they set for the rest of the economy. The bad news is, it's a pretty low one, with productivity rates less than half their international peers.

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Brislen on Tech: We choose to be poor

Paul Brislen. 16 April 2021, 4:05 pm

Ten years ago Paul Callaghan pointed out that New Zealanders worked harder than the OECD average but produced less than the OECD average.

So how do we fare today and what can we do about it?

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Industry convergence to drive cybersecurity spending: Report

Techblog staff. 12 April 2021, 5:10 pm

Cyber-security is set to grow to an estimated $US68 billion by 2030 according to new research from Frost & Sullivan.

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Brislen on Tech: The main trunk line

Paul Brislen. 09 April 2021, 2:33 pm

How do we reduce our carbon footprint, improve productivity, reduce housing costs and improve our work-life balance?

With infrastructure like fibre of course, but also with a much older technology.

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Brislen on Tech: Awards Season is upon us

Paul Brislen. 01 April 2021, 3:44 pm

Next week, nominations open for the 2021 New Zealand Excellence in IT Awards, the NZ Open Source Awards nominations opened yesterday, and the finalists for the NZ Hi-Tech Awards were announced at an e…

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Brislen on Tech: Rarely seen

Paul Brislen. 12 March 2021, 12:56 pm

Rare earth minerals are needed to help power our electronic devices and so much more besides.

From magnets to windscreens, they are essential to our way of life, but China controls around 80% of t…

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Brislen on Tech: RIP Covid Card

Paul Brislen. 05 March 2021, 12:39 pm

For many, the Covid Card was the solution to all our Covid ills, but for other it was state surveillance writ large.

Much like battle plans, product development doesn't always survive the first co…

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InternetNZ: annual study reveals new concerns about the internet

Techblog Staff. 01 March 2021, 3:58 pm

New research released today by InternetNZ shows that many New Zealanders are extremely concerned about the Internet being a forum for extremist material, hate speech and fake news. 

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Brislen on Tech: RIP the nation state

Paul Brislen. 26 February 2021, 11:25 am

As citizens we have rights and can elect a parliament to reflect who we are.

But what do we do when that parliament can no longer control the biggest companies in the world? Are we now destined to…

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