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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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Fitness tracking watches now surplus to requirements

Paul Brislen. 08 August 2018, 6:51 am

Following revelations that US troops on deployment around the world were publishing their location data courtesy of their fitness trackers, the US Department of Defense (sic) has called time on the pr…

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 03 August 2018, 4:00 pm

Pop quiz: You open up your laptop and discover all your files are encrypted and a mysterious message says you're not getting your data back unless you give someone $5000 via an anonymised service. You…

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Fallout from health IT projects continues

Paul Brislen. 26 July 2018, 7:25 am

Both Australia and Singapore are reeling following privacy concerns raised in relation to online health records.

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Paul Brislen. 06 July 2018, 3:50 pm

International borders and the World Wide Web: Many years ago I received a phone call from a local pharmacy here in New Zealand. They'd been cheerfully selling goods in accordance with New Zealand law …

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Global Cyber Alliance comes to town

Paul Brislen. 05 July 2018, 7:43 am

The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) is an international, cross-sector effort dedicated to "eradicating cyber risk and improving our connected world" and its UK-based Executive Director, Andy Bates, is in …

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Dept of Homeland Security subpoenas Kiwi Twitter user

Paul Brislen. 03 July 2018, 6:58 am

The US Department of Homeland Security has served Twitter with a subpoena demanding information about one of its users - a Kiwi who goes by the user name Flash Gordon.

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Privacy bill submissions are in

Paul Brislen. 02 July 2018, 8:33 am

Changes to the New Zealand Privacy Act are imminent with public submissions now closed and the select committee getting down to the business at hand.

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 29 June 2018, 4:56 pm

Oh government. You really shouldn't bite off more than you can chew.

Once, big government projects were the key to a good economic recovery. Bridges, dams, roads, office blocks, saw mills, you name…

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 22 June 2018, 2:29 pm

Some things just shouldn't happen. First, paying the ransom. Second, breaking the internet, and third, expecting telcos to get along.

But somehow, all three of these happened lately - or at least s…

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Road Transport Forum pays ransomware, warns others

Paul Brislen. 21 June 2018, 7:50 am

The Road Transport Forum, a national body set up in 1997 to "responsibly promote and advance the interests of the road transport industry and its member associations" has become the sobering cautionar…

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 01 June 2018, 5:07 pm

Paul Brislen's weekly commentary on what's happening in tech. This week: Getting Data Protection Right... Research and development needs some help... Let's go shopping.

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GDPR: fun for all the family

Paul Brislen. 30 May 2018, 7:23 am

As the EU's new privacy law rolls out fully for the first time, it is amusing to watch the various companies around the world flail around making outrageous claims as they try to both update their s…

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The GDPR and the .nz domain name space

Jordan Carter. 28 May 2018, 5:00 am

By now New Zealanders' inboxes will be overflowing with notices alerting them to the existence of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This new privacy regulation is a European Union law th…

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Google vs the court system of New Zealand

Paul Brislen. 23 May 2018, 7:23 am

When companies collect our data, take our money and offer up services, are they bound by the laws of the country in which they operate?

Google, apparently, says no.

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Public versus Private: the future of R&D in NZ

Paul Brislen. 21 May 2018, 7:20 am

R&D was the big winner on the day in this year's Budget, but the changes leave Callaghan Innovation somewhat out in the cold. With no money to hand out, where to now for the government's flagship agen…

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 18 May 2018, 5:13 pm

What's in the Budget for the tech sector?
What FAANG all about and should we worry?
The Net Neutrality bill is sent packing. But the fight's not over yet.

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CLOUD Act – Law enforcement access to cloud data

Amy Ryburn. 16 May 2018, 5:00 am

Buddle Findlay's tech legal team discuss the US CLOUD Act and its implications for New Zealand.

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 11 May 2018, 4:00 pm

So it's a strategy ye be after, and no mistake... Let's make sure Novopay doesn't happen again... OK, Computer.

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