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Top ten in tech for 2018

Sarah Putt. 18 December 2018, 9:09 am

Definitely not the greatest year for technology, but maybe not the worst. Here's my list (in no particular order) of the top ten tech news stories for 2018.

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Social media in the spotlight for the wrong reasons

Paul Brislen. 17 December 2018, 7:59 am

Facebook leaks yet more information - this time giving app developers access to photos they shouldn't have had - and Google is under fire for breaching New Zealand name suppression orders, something i…

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 14 December 2018, 4:59 pm

What a year it's been. Political interference, security breaches, loss of faith, dawn raids, senate hearings, dropping shareholder value and that's just for Facebook.

What does it all mean and can…

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CIO upfront: Inside a different kind of IT bootcamp

Sunit Prakash. 10 December 2018, 8:01 am

I have been mentoring ICT professionals - new graduates, migrants - for years.

And, with apologies to the original Kiwi Landing Pad based in San Francisco which helps New Zealand companies gain a…

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What's the point of a warranty period in a SaaS contract?

Buddle Findlay. 05 December 2018, 6:29 am

What's the point of a warranty period in a SaaS contract?

We are increasingly seeing significant gaps between suppliers and customers of SaaS contracts in relation to their expectations about the …

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 16 November 2018, 4:30 pm

This week I thought I'd rejoin Facebook just so I could quit again in rage. Something really needs to be done to rein in a company that has combined the utter decimation of the media landscape with th…

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Future of Work - update

Sarah Putt. 13 November 2018, 9:42 am

With the latest labour market statistics showing that the unemployment rate has fallen to 3.9%, you might wonder why anyone with bother with a Future of Work Forum, but the Labour Government seems det…

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Fibre: Finish the Job

Hamish MacEwan. 07 November 2018, 8:12 am

How much simpler, cost-efficient and effective would the services and support you deliver to New Zealand households be if you could assume fibre availability the way you assume roads, electricity and …

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Focus on cyber security puts Huawei under the spotlight

Paul Brislen. 05 November 2018, 5:32 am

Pressure is mounting on the New Zealand government to follow Australia and the United States' lead in banning Chinese equipment maker Huawei from building next generation cellphone networks in this co…

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 19 October 2018, 3:00 pm

We remember when the future was cool. The Sky is falling ... for Sky. And Goods and Service Tax will be applied to every item you buy online - will this change the world of retail for ever?

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R&D spend under the spotlight

Sarah Putt. 18 October 2018, 9:11 am

The latest New Zealand's R&D performance report shows that investment in innovation continues to be weighted towards the manufacturing and primary sectors, that business expenditure on R&D is low (but…

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A better tomorrow requires change today

Pia Andrews. 17 October 2018, 8:33 am

Pia Andrews is known to many in the New Zealand digital space as a thought leader in terms of governments and the use of digital technology.

Currently based in Australia, Andrews is the executive d…

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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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