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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 it says the court should have told it about.

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Online voting delayed

Sarah Putt. 13 December 2018, 7:13 pm

Online voting will have to wait for at least another three years, after a trial planned for local elections next year was scrapped by Local Government NZ. The nine councils that formed a working group to deliver online voting are now looking to the 2022 local elections, according to reports in Stuff and Radio NZ this week.

But even the next electoral cycle may be too soon for online voting.

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 07 December 2018, 5:15 pm

Stupidity is its own reward, as the Australian tech sector is discovering...

PLUS: The second round of US vs Huawei has been awarded to the US on points... And the light at the end of the tunnel may be the space age we've been waiting for.

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Marriott hack: 500 million records exposed

Paul Brislen. 03 December 2018, 7:37 am

The latest mega-hack suggests companies aren't all that good at protecting personal data.

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Facebook comes under blistering fire from all sides

Paul Brislen. 28 November 2018, 7:23 am

Facebook is coming under intense pressure to explain itself to a growing body of international law makers following the seizure of documents that allegedly suggest the company knew about privacy issue…

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Microsoft faces privacy challenge in Europe

Paul Brislen. 19 November 2018, 7:10 am

Dutch investigators are warning Microsoft the company could face mega-fines as it copes with the newly implemented General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which came into effect earlier this year.

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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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Can I interest you in a firewall for your toaster?

Buddle Findlay. 16 November 2018, 12:55 pm

In September, the California state legislature enacted two identical bills regulating Internet-connected devices sold in California, aimed at developing minimum security standards for devices that m…

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Kiwicon takes over Wellington

Paul Brislen. 14 November 2018, 7:43 am

Kiwicon, the hacker conference, has begun in Wellington.

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 09 November 2018, 5:12 pm

I listed the digital divide as the single biggest issue facing the new CTO, as something that needed to be addressed immediately.

That didn't work out so well but the issue remains high on the list…

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Examining digital exclusion

Sarah Putt. 08 November 2018, 10:08 am

The digital divide is often spoken about in terms of numbers - the 2020 Trust estimate that 100,000 school-aged children  don't have internet access at home, Internet NZ estimate that 16,000 rural ho…

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