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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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UFB contractors breach employment standards: MBIE

Paul Brislen. 08 October 2018, 5:17 pm

Nearly all of the sub-contractors working on the Ultra Fast Broadband project for Chorus have been found in breach of employment standards, according to a media release from the Ministry of Business I…

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New R&D regime to increase spending, but is it enough?

Paul Brislen. 08 October 2018, 7:45 am

The new research and development tax regime has been announced with a few tweaks following the consultation period.

The threshold of $100,000 spending per annum on R&D has been lowered to $50,000 m…

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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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Blockchain more transformative than internet - researcher

Sarah Putt. 02 October 2018, 5:12 pm

New Zealand should look to become a blockchain and financial technology hub, argues a team of legal and financial experts in a report based on research funded by the New Zealand Law Foundation's Infor…

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 28 September 2018, 3:49 pm

It's 2025 and your auto-drive car slews sickeningly across a dark and rain-drenched road. You scrabble at the wheel as the car slides across the wet tarmac and disappears into the bush and scrub and i…

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ICT marketplace opens for business

Sarah Putt. 27 September 2018, 4:23 pm

The Government's new digital procurement channel, Marketplace, is now open for business, with suppliers invited to register on its website.

The first channel is Public Cloud Services (Saas), and in…

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Fixing government IT procurement - Part II

Dave Lane. 26 September 2018, 5:00 am

Part II: A modest proposal

Having described a problem so pervasive in the status quo of government software procurement - which has led to a situation I have characterised, without hyperbole, as a…

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Fixing government IT procurement

Dave lane. 24 September 2018, 11:40 am

Today in New Zealand, local and central government procurement of IT services and software uses a model which, it is widely thought in the domestic IT industry, produces unsatisfactory results. Despit…

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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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Top marks for broadband, still room for improvement

Sarah Putt. 18 September 2018, 9:15 pm

Here's a good news story. The Ultra Fast Broadband build is 74.8% complete. It is 7% ahead of schedule. To date, uptake is 44.1%. Currently 70% of New Zealanders can access fibre.

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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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Derek Handley: The CTO role

Derek Handley. 14 September 2018, 12:10 pm

The government's CTO role process has ground to a halt, but throughout it all, the man chosen for the role has been silent. Now, Derek Handley himself speaks out for the first time.

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Tech disrupts electricity sector, maybe

Sarah Putt. 13 September 2018, 10:11 am

Technology transforms every sector and you might think that electricity would be at the forefront of disruption, but the Government's Electricity Price Review released this week shows the sector has m…

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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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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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Curran resigns as minister: New Comms minister appointed

Paul Brislen. 07 September 2018, 12:32 pm

Embattled minster of communications, Clare Curran, has resigned her ministerial portfolios.

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What is a DEDIMAG anyway?

Victoria Maclennan. 07 September 2018, 6:00 am

What is DEDIMAG and how does it fit in with the government's CTO project?

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Census panel to advise Stats NZ

Sarah Putt. 04 September 2018, 10:51 am

The 2018 Census was switched off in June but it is likely to be several months before the results are made public. A lower turn-out and the appointment of an independent panel to advise on data qualit…

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