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The future: coming, ready or not

Paul Brislen. 14 December 2017, 4:22 pm

What a year it's been. Bitcoin, net neutrality, the return of the content wars, the change of government, ransomware, the mother of all hacks (parts one, two, three and probably a few more), copyright issues, telcos buying and selling themselves and plenty more.

We were woken by a test of the emergency civil defence alert, we were lulled to sleep by Apple's new product launches (hint: more of the same only slightly taller/clearer/faster). We welcomed the MBIE report that said ICT and digital tech is now worth $10 billion a year, and we farewelled PowerbyProxie, bought by the Americans (well, Apple) for an Undisclosed Sum (rumoured to be north of $40 million).

Internationally we've seen laptops banned from aircraft (well, not all aircraft, just from certain countries. Well not from certain countries but from certain cities. Well, not even from them but oh well, the threat has passed now), and ratbags from around the world attack both networks and companies in New Zealand and the newly-minted CERT NZ was able to give us a proper accounting of it for the first time.


And so we enter that phase of the year called "the silly season" where Christmas parties slowly give way to the brownout period and we're all supposed to head to the beach to recharge.

I can't wait, especially if the weather stays like this.

So barring sudden, urgent news that needs to be covered, we'll see you in The Future. Next year will be radically different but very similar to this I am sure, but whether we like it or not it's on its way.

Stay safe, switch off your phones, hug your families and we'll see you again in 2018.

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First IoT, now mesh networks (and who remembers Indranet?)

Paul Brislen. 22 November 2017, 7:12 am

Mesh networking is rearing its head again, this time as part of the future of the Internet of Things (IoT).

The idea, that devices in a single location can communicate with each other rather than having to go out to the internet to do so, is one that is picking up steam in the home networking business as multiple devices from multiple providers invade our homes.

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Paul Brislen. 17 November 2017, 3:23 pm

Job description for the new national CTO... why we need to take care of our online selves... and the headlights of disruption shine, but do they shine for you?

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100 day vision includes CTO for the nation

Paul Brislen. 15 November 2017, 6:56 am

Newly minted Minister for Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media and Government Digital Services and the Associate Minister of State Services (Open Government), Clare Curran, is preparing the …

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Calls for Papers for IFIP conference

Paul Brislen. 06 November 2017, 6:47 am

The International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP) has issued calls for papers for two conferences to be held in September next year.

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Paul Brislen. 20 October 2017, 4:45 pm

Ten beeeeellion dollars no less.... Also, I do not like that hack on KRACK I do not like it there or back. And finally, are we nearly there yet?

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The $10 billion industry

Paul Brislen. 19 October 2017, 5:00 am

ICT has become the $10 billion industry in this year's TIN200 report into the sector.

For the first time, the top 200 technology-related companies have crossed the $10 billion a year revenue barrie…

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IFIP thought leader presents to United Nations

Techblog staff. 18 October 2017, 10:00 am

Last week, IFIP IP3 board director Stephen Ibaraki presented to the United Nations on how Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies will dramatically change the world in which we …

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Another reason to never read the comments

Paul Brislen. 09 October 2017, 7:55 am

Online comment provider Disqus has become the latest to announce multi-million user account hack.

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Paul Brislen. 29 September 2017, 4:43 pm

Women in technology... the need for better mental health provisions for our founders and innovators... and the right to privacy - now available as a service.

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Giz a job: Industry says no need for tertiary qualifications

Paul Brislen. 28 September 2017, 10:20 am

As the innovation sector struggles to find people to fill roles, a number of major companies have banded together to deliver an open letter to the public saying applicants need not hold a formal quali…

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