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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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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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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 31 August 2018, 2:21 pm

There's really only one tech story of note this week - the rise and fall of the country's CTO, a role which hasn't even been filled yet.

The CTO role was initially mooted by Rod Drury who, presumab…

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Untangling the NZ CTO

Jay Daley. 31 August 2018, 12:45 pm

As we approach the announcement of the inaugural NZ CTO I've seen a few lengthy comments about the nature role and what it needs to do that are quite different from what I thought this role was all ab…

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Online voting back on the agenda

Sarah Putt. 30 August 2018, 5:15 pm

Nine councils are looking at providing online voting for the next local government elections. An advanced notice for a Request for Proposal for an online voting trial was issued via the government's p…

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Kiwi space dreams coming true

Sarah Putt. 28 August 2018, 2:20 pm

Is it now possible for Kiwi kids to grow up knowing they can work in the space industry? Until very recently, it was probably something you had to acquire a different citizenship to achieve. But the a…

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Where to now for the CTO?

Paul Brislen. 27 August 2018, 7:12 am

The demotion of Clare Curran from Cabinet means the future of the search for the country's first Chief Technology Officer hangs in the balance. Where to now for the role that can't be fulfilled?

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Curran removed from Cabinet

Paul Brislen. 24 August 2018, 5:02 pm

Clare Curran has been removed from Cabinet following the disclosure of a second meeting that was not recorded in her diary - a meeting connected with the search for a CTO.

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Collaboration key in delivering rural broadband

Sarah Putt. 21 August 2018, 11:04 am

Where to now for rural broadband? That was the question for those attending the 2018 TUANZ Rural Connectivity Symposium in June. The organisation has just released a report of the event, which shows r…

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Telco service in ComCom sights

Sarah Putt. 16 August 2018, 8:24 pm

The Commerce Commission cited Retail Telecommunications as its "top priority focus area" last week and today we found out why.

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 10 August 2018, 4:00 pm

In which we discuss free speech, the need to protect it and what is and isn't considered 'free speech'; why online elections create such a ruckus; and a new government marketplace to replace the panel…

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Māori participation in IT - research participants sought

Sarah Putt. 07 August 2018, 9:33 am

At the recent ITx conference I was fortunate to attend a session taken by Ngāi Tahu Research Scholar at the University of Canterbury, Mark Van der klei, who spoke about his PhD thesis, which has the …

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Schools doubling down on data

Sarah Putt. 02 August 2018, 7:09 pm

The nation's schools are proving voracious data users, consuming more than 12 petabytes in the first two school terms of this year. That's according to crown company Network for Learning (N4L), which …

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