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The true cost of cyber-bullying

Paul Brislen. 10 October 2018, 7:12 am

One in ten New Zealanders has been cyber-bullied and the total cost each year runs to more than $400 million says a new report from Netsafe.

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 05 October 2018, 5:19 pm

Facebook falls foul of the EU... Cometh the hour, cometh the man... Cometh the hour again...

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CERT quarterly report: incidents up but losses down

Paul Brislen. 19 September 2018, 8:28 am

CERT has released its latest quarterly report and while the number of reported incidents is up from 506 to 736 in the quarter, financial losses are down by 24%.

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 14 September 2018, 1:52 pm

Telephones used to be such simple things. You grabbed them by the nose and turned the dial around and lo! You could talk to someone.

Then they became terribly complicated beasts. They were portable…

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Broadband now seen as essential service: UN

Paul Brislen. 12 September 2018, 5:00 am

The UN's Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development has released a new report looking at how countries oversee the development of broadband, the policies that support deployment and how we all a…

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NZ mobile sites stuck in slow lane

Sarah Putt. 06 September 2018, 9:20 am

It takes on average 15 seconds to load a mobile page in New Zealand, when it should take three. That's according to Google NZ Country Director Caroline Rainsford, who spoke at the PwC Herald talks on …

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 17 August 2018, 12:57 pm

Advance Australia Fair. Not really. Sadly, the Lucky Country is in the middle of a monster drought which shows no signs of letting up any time soon. It's also apparently willing to elect a man who can…

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Bias - a very wicked problem…

Victoria Maclennan. 17 August 2018, 10:49 am

Algorithms aren't always the most enticing subject to talk to a Humanities and Social Science course about, but as Victoria Maclennan found, when it comes to algorithmic bias, everyone needs to know.

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Patently absurd

Paul Brislen. 15 August 2018, 7:10 am

Patents are a source of much amusement and occasionally some horror, particularly in the tech world.

While some are truly innovative, and can lead to huge improvements in technology and the lives o…

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Accountants grapple with AI

Sarah Putt. 31 July 2018, 11:15 am

Business is waking up to the ethical dilemmas posed by Artificial Intelligence and it's time to move the discussion from the tech community into the mainstream. That's the prevailing message from the …

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E-commerce report says Kiwis spend $3.6 billion a year

Paul Brislen. 30 July 2018, 8:04 am

One and a half million New Zealanders shopped online in 2017, contributing $3.6 billion to a global industry that is growing far faster than its real world counterpart. E-commerce, it seems, is big bu…

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R&D spending already starting rise ahead of new regime

Paul Brislen. 24 July 2018, 7:24 am

New research suggests spending on research and development is already starting to rise ahead of next year's new R&D regime, but the driver isn't necessarily tax breaks - it's probably more to do with …

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 20 July 2018, 3:56 pm

There's a cycle that major brands go through that's often entertained me. They start off as the challenger. The new kid on the block. Hey look at us, they say, we're hip. We're trendy. We're on point.…

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Retail as a Service

Sarah Putt. 17 July 2018, 11:12 am

Technology disrupts every sector, and none more so than retail. So what innovation is around the corner for the shoppers, merchants, suppliers and distributors? A good place to look to is China. A rec…

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New Macbook line-up

Paul Brislen. 17 July 2018, 6:20 am

Apple has unveiled a new line-up of MacBooks that the company says aren't related to solving problems with its revolutionary "butterfly" keyboard design, but early reviews suggest otherwise.

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Living on the curve

Sarah Putt. 12 July 2018, 11:44 am

It was Gordon Moore who pointed out that technological change isn't linear, it's exponential. As computer power doubles, the price for it halves and this is having a profound effect on the way we live…

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Digital-first Census sees drop in responses

Paul Brislen. 11 July 2018, 11:03 am

The decision by Statistics NZ to delay releasing the latest Census data will no doubt fuel more skepticism around any move to encourage online voting.

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ITx kicks off this week

Paul Brislen. 09 July 2018, 8:38 am

It's that time of the year again - ITx is on in Wellington, bringing together 12 conferences and 150 different talks, panels and presentations in one venue.

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Robots stealing jobs, maybe

Sarah Putt. 28 June 2018, 9:49 am

The latest on the "robots stealing jobs" front is that 31% of current jobs in New Zealand are at high risk of being automated - replaced by robots and overtaken by algorithms.

But is all this talk …

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CTO role enters final straight

Paul Brislen. 20 June 2018, 7:34 am

The government's search for its Chief Technology Officer is back on and the role should be filled by August, says Minister for Communications and IT, Clare Curran.

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