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Brislen on Tech: TIN200 - what a year

Paul Brislen. 20 November 2020, 12:58 pm

The year has been rightly labelled a shocker, with economic downturn, societal upheaval and the health sector stretched to breaking point.

But for the tech industry, 2020 will be remembered for som…

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Brislen on Tech: Googling the future

Paul Brislen. 23 October 2020, 3:42 pm

The US Department of Justice is taking on Google and will lose. There really isn't anything the DOJ can do to Google that will stop it making money, so why do it at all?

And are there any other way…

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IBM bets its future on the cloud

Peter Griffin. 13 October 2020, 9:57 am

IBM will next year spin off its managed IT infrastructure business, so it can focus on the cloud and AI. But has it left its cloud play too late?

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Brislen on Tech: Farewell to the soggy middle manager

Paul Brislen. 09 October 2020, 1:13 pm

Working from home - for some it's a nightmare and a real challenge but for others productivity is up and staff enjoyment is through the roof.

The two extremes seem to divide along tech-centric and…

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ELECTION 2020: Electronic voting II

Paul Brislen. 07 October 2020, 11:38 am

There are lots of benefits to voting electronically over paper-based systems. We know this to be true because we've seen digitisation work well in other areas. Payroll, marketing, communications, cust…

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ELECTION 2020: time to dust off electronic voting?

Ian Apperley. 05 October 2020, 4:12 pm

Voter turn out, voting sanctity, votes for important issues. Every election cycle we consider the best ways to vote and how to ensure we encourage rather than restrict voting. But along with voting ag…

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Brislen on Tech: New World Order 2.0

Paul Brislen. 02 October 2020, 2:57 pm

The global world order we've grown up in and are familiar with is ending. The pendulum that swings from nationalism to globalisation is swinging back towards isolationism.

And now, the internet era…

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Offline: Microsoft authentication issue takes out world

Paul Brislen. 30 September 2020, 10:12 am

Cloud based services offer many positives but when something happens in a distant location users can be knocked offline for even the most basic of services.

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More details emerge about Facebook's role in voter suppression…

Paul Brislen. 29 September 2020, 8:57 am

New information shows massive voter suppression among minority groups in the 2016 US presidential election which used access to 200 million voters' details, Facebook and Cambridge Analytica to ensure …

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Brislen on Tech: Vertical Integration 2.0

Paul Brislen. 18 September 2020, 2:22 pm

Once telco regulation was designed to free up the industry, allow competition and reduce costs.

Today, we may need similar regulation aimed at those very companies that flourished last time round,…

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Brislen on Tech: RIP CovidCard

Paul Brislen. 04 September 2020, 2:57 pm

RIP CovidCard - April 2020-September 2020

The card might be dead from its post mortem we can learn a lot about innovation and the way to approach governments for money or support.

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Digital divide claims 10% of pop: CAB

Paul Brislen. 31 August 2020, 7:32 am

Life without internet access would be unthinkable in this day and age - doubly so with COVID sending us all home - but for some this is the way of life. Citizens Advice says around 10% of people they …

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Brislen on Tech: Coordinated cyber-attacks

Paul Brislen. 28 August 2020, 12:24 pm

Knock, knock. Who's there?

It's one of the oldest games in the world - ringing the door bell and running away - but for the New Zealand Stock Exchange the digital version has proven to be something…

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Election 2020: A forgotten technology industry

Ian Apperley. 24 August 2020, 5:00 am

We're the second largest earner for the country yet the upcoming election is largely silent on the tech sector. Show us your policies, shouts Ian Apperley in a guest post.

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Building a just and equitable digital world

Techblog staff. 20 August 2020, 8:00 am

Formerly the Creative Commons Aotearoa NZ (CCANZ) not for profit Tohatoha has reignited its plans for the year ahead and expanded the focus of its programme to look at the spread of disinformation and…

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Fortress New Zealand: NZ Tech Industry in a post-COVID world

Ian Apperley. 12 August 2020, 5:00 am

New Zealand could be the data and computing Switzerland of the south, minus COVID. We should consider investing less in traditional infrastructure such as roads, and far more in technology infrastruct…

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Schools gear up to deliver digital exams

Peter Griffin. 11 August 2020, 8:47 am

Schools are getting a free digital health check ahead of offering digital exams in November as the government spends $20 million to ensure two-thirds of NCEA exams go online by 2022.

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Brislen on Tech: Big Tech takes on Congress

Paul Brislen. 31 July 2020, 11:42 am

The four tech giants appearing before Congress in the US face being broken up, yet their share price hasn't moved at all.

Are these companies beyond the reach of the law? If so, this is something …

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New Zealand quality of life still has some way to go

Paul Brislen. 29 July 2020, 5:00 am

How does New Zealand fare in terms of digital quality of life in the latest Surfshark survey?

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Kiwi-led research dispels video game-violence link

Peter Griffin. 23 July 2020, 8:38 am

Kiwi-led research has once and for all debunked a link between violent video games and people committing violent acts. but will opinion leaders calling for video game bans listen?

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