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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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Stats NZ seeks public input in legislation refresh

Sarah Putt. 06 November 2018, 9:37 am

Generation X was making its first baby steps into the world, and Generations Y and Z had not even been thought of, when the Statistics Act 1975 came into being. But for 40 years the country's data has…

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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. 26 October 2018, 4:00 pm

A $10 Billion industry. That's not bad for a bunch of geeks sitting in the corner. The tech sector is worth $10 billion a year, with most of that coming from exports, and is growing at more than 7% ye…

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Five Eyes reports on hackers' tools

Paul Brislen. 15 October 2018, 7:59 am

The Five Eyes spy network (made up of New Zealand, Australia, the UK, Canada and the US) has issued a report which highlights the most commonly wielded hacking utilities available online.

Rather t…

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 12 October 2018, 5:14 pm

News that almost all of the sub-contractors employed by the contractors employed by Chorus to build the Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) network are exploiting their workers in one form or another has tarni…

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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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Netsafe shines spotlight on safety

Sean Lyons. 02 October 2018, 7:39 am

Online safety is quickly coming to the forefront of conversations around digital services and products here in New Zealand and Netsafe is a key component in the battle to keep us all safe online.

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90 million reasons to unsubscribe

Paul Brislen. 01 October 2018, 5:00 am

Fifty million Facebook users have, apparently, woken to the news that their profiles have been breached and they have to change their passwords.

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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. 07 September 2018, 3:55 pm

Privacy is usually treated as a fundamental human right, but in New Zealand at least it's not part of the Bill of Rights.

There isn't a single mention of the word "privacy" in the bill.

Yet most…

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Five Eyes calls on tech sector to 'do the right thing'

Paul Brislen. 03 September 2018, 7:05 am

The spy agencies of the so-called Five Eyes group (Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the US and UK) have called on IT companies to "voluntarily establish lawful access solutions to their products and se…

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Trump threatens to regulate search results

Paul Brislen. 29 August 2018, 7:19 am

Donald Trump has today lashed out at US tech giant Google for allegedly hiding the good news stories about his presidency and raised the spectre of regulating the search engine business, presumably to…

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Microsoft moves to shut down alleged Russian phishing sites

Paul Brislen. 22 August 2018, 7:10 am

Microsoft says it has blocked an attempted attack on the US Senate and a conservative think tank ahead of mid-term elections in November.

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iSANZ Awards open for nominations

Paul Brislen. 20 August 2018, 7:01 am

The security industry's big night out looms with calls for nominations in this year's iSANZ Awards.

iSANZ's goal is to "inspire, promote and reflect" on New Zealand's information security people an…

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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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