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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 05 July 2019, 1:00 pm

Cellphones don't give you cancer, but they do enable millions of people to look at social media sites that tell them cellphones do.

Google says it won't make any changes following its court suppres…

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Govt cyber-security strategy unveiled

Paul Brislen. 03 July 2019, 7:04 am

With cyber-security incidents (and browsing) on the rise, the government has released its latest cyber-security strategy document and is increasing funding by $8 million to help counter the increased …

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Trump opens the door to Huawei, but only a fraction

Paul Brislen. 01 July 2019, 7:07 am

US President, Donald Trump, has offered Huawei a chance at a "get out of jail free" card at the G20 meeting in Japan, suggesting the company's position on his blacklist may be reviewed.

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Advertising tech may be breaking the law: UK report

Paul Brislen. 24 June 2019, 7:02 am

Social media advertising is coming under threat from EU and UK regulators following a report that suggests much of their data gathering is illegal.

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Paul Brislen. 21 June 2019, 4:00 pm

Does anyone here remember the outrage over the introduction of a national identity card?

It was quite the palaver with everything from politicians shouting about how good it would be for everyone …

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Facebook launches own cryptocurrency

Paul Brislen. 19 June 2019, 6:51 am

First it came for your cat videos, then it wanted your demographic data, finally it took your privacy. Now Facebook just wants your wallet.

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Paul Brislen. 06 June 2019, 6:00 am

Well, that went well.

First of all, a user of YouTube (owned by Google) in Brazil discovered that her video of her daughter playing in the backyard was being viewed hundreds of thousands of times. …

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Password psychology

Sarah Putt. 04 June 2019, 9:20 pm

If you thought that passwords were a way to protect people's data, a key made up of letters, numbers and other symbols that enabled everything from making a purchase online to updating a Facebook acco…

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Section 252

Paul Brislen. 30 May 2019, 6:51 am

After a lot of excitement and visions of Tom Cruise abseiling in to Treasury to steal the NOC list, I mean Budget 2019 documents, it seems instead that someone was trying out search terms in the websi…

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Deliberately and systematically hacked

Paul Brislen. 28 May 2019, 9:52 pm

Treasury is claiming that the National Party's leaked Budget documents are the result of a deliberate and "systematic" attack on its systems. The police have been called and the National Cyber Securit…

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Five Eyes meet at UK conference for first time

Paul Brislen. 29 April 2019, 3:55 pm

The Five Eyes intelligence gathering/sharing group have spoken publicly for the first time following a conference in Scotland.

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Paul Brislen. 26 April 2019, 3:00 pm

It looks like it's the end of the line for Pond, the government's resource sharing service for teachers.

Part of Network for Learning (N4L), Pond was supposed to be a leading-edge social network wh…

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NZ and France seek to end use of social media for acts of terrorism

ITP Staff. 24 April 2019, 8:35 am

New Zealand and France are to lead international efforts to figure out how to manage the promotion of terrorism and extremism via social media channels.

The meeting is to be held in May as part of …

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Huawei's woes continue

Paul Brislen. 03 April 2019, 7:51 am

Huawei's woes continue despite offering to build a network and then not run it.

The Chinese telco equipment maker is red faced following a report from the oversight board of the UK's Huawei Cyber S…

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 29 March 2019, 2:00 pm

There's a rhythm to decision making inside corporates whenever there's a crisis on that I've been privy to on a few occasions.

If it's a genuine external unexpected crisis, generally you're all cau…

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Facebook forced to explain itself some more

Paul Brislen. 25 March 2019, 8:23 am

Facebook faces more pressure after court documents revealed it knew about Cambridge Analytica's scraping of data months before news broke.

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CERT warns of Christchurch-related scams and attacks

Sarah Putt. 19 March 2019, 8:47 am

CERT NZ has issued a warning that the tragic event in Christchurch last week is being used by scammers and attackers to perform targeted online cyberattacks against New Zealanders.

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After Christchurch, what now?

Paul Brislen. 18 March 2019, 8:19 am

Where to now for New Zealand and how do we learn from what has happend so we can build that New Zealand we thought we all lived in.

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Paul Brislen. 15 March 2019, 11:00 am

Privacy. It's one of those things that you may not realise is important until you've lost it. Once it's gone, there's no getting it back. Once your mother's maiden name or your first pet's name is out…

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Scams and fraud up in Q4 says CERT

Paul Brislen. 13 March 2019, 7:57 am

Kiwis are falling for online scams to the tune of $14 million last year, up from the year before, according to the government Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT).

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