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Outspoken privacy watchdog tipped to take on Big Tech in UK role

Peter Griffin. 27 July 2021, 10:59 am

Our outspoken privacy commissioner, John Edwards, appears to be destined for a big promotion with reports suggesting he has been selected as the UK's next "privacy tsar".

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Is the age of anonymous crypto trading coming to an end?

Peter Griffin. 22 July 2021, 9:18 am

The European Union is proposing a law change for the region that would require companies transferring Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to collect the details of sender and recipient.

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Aussie forms taskforce to deal with ransomware attacks

Peter Griffin. 20 July 2021, 10:50 am

As New Zealand joins Australia and other allies in criticising China for its state-sponsored hacking, the Australian Government is mobilising to combat ransomware attacks.

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Griffin on Tech: Will tech giants finally pay their fair share of tax?

Peter Griffin. 16 July 2021, 8:41 am

Big Tech companies are making record profits.

Now momentum is growing internationally to build a tax regime that will see them pay their fair share of tax in each country they operate in.

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Football revealed how hopeless content moderation still is

Peter Griffin. 13 July 2021, 10:34 am

Yesterday's nail-biting penalty shootout that handed victory to the Italians over the English in the Euro 2020 final also triggered a torrent of hate speech on social media.

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Consumer Data Right gets the Government go-ahead

Peter Griffin. 08 July 2021, 8:44 am

Consumers will have more control over how their personal information is used and the right to transfer it between service providers with a Consumer Data Right set to be enshrined in legislation.

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Hacking gang's US$70 million ransom demand

Peter Griffin. 06 July 2021, 7:42 am

The REvil group behind what may be the largest worldwide ransomware attack to date, has changed tack with its ransom demands, asking for payment of US$70 million in Bitcoin to release decryption tools…

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Join a tech trade delegation to London - virtually

Peter Griffin. 29 June 2021, 10:19 am

The UK's Department for International Trade is inviting Kiwi tech companies to join a virtual delegation aimed at preparing them to expand into the UK market.

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Brislen on Tech: Show me the money

Paul Brislen. 25 June 2021, 2:33 pm

Science is a vital part of our society and indeed of our economic prosperity.

So why is it that research and development in New Zealand is treated as a luxury item, only to be had on an occasional…

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An immigration system fit for the future

Techblog Staff. 21 June 2021, 5:00 am

Finding staff who can do the job is an increasing concern for the tech sector. On top of decades of missed targets, the recent COVID crisis has mean our borders are shut to trained staff who may want …

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Ransomware now bigger than online espionage - UK cybersecurity boss

Peter Griffin. 15 June 2021, 9:41 am

European leaders are now more worried about ransomware attacks than online espionage, with NATO today signing a new cybersecurity pact to try and stem the flood of attacks.

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Lessons from the RBNZ hack - update software and use it for its intended purpose

Peter Griffin. 01 June 2021, 10:14 am

 A report into the data breach at the Reserve Bank has revealed that the bank was using third-party file-sharing software as a data repository and collaboration tool, worsening the impact of the hack…

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Aussie ramps up scrutiny of Big Tech over mobile payments

Peter Griffin. 27 May 2021, 10:40 am

As New Zealand introduces legislation to lower merchant fees for mobile payments, Australia is probing Google and Apple over their growing power in the payments market.

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Digital programme gets boost

Paul Brislen. 26 May 2021, 7:24 am

Small business received a wake-up call last night at the launch of the Digital Boost public private partnership.

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Brislen on Tech: the halls of power

Paul Brislen. 21 May 2021, 3:13 pm

The government's Budget round focused on inequity and balancing the books, as it should.

But what about a leg up for the economic miracle that is the tech sector? Do we have the right people in the…

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Vodafone Foundation initiative crunches the data on inequality

Peter Griffin. 18 May 2021, 8:35 am

A new project from the Vodafone Foundation, the non-profit arm of the telecoms company, aims to present a new, data-driven perspective on inequality.

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How repairable is your smartphone?

Peter Griffin. 11 May 2021, 10:13 am

Consumer New Zealand has created a version of the French smartphone 'repairability index' to give phone buyers an idea of how well phone brands facilitate repairs.

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Aussies try to steal NZ game industry

Paul Brislen. 10 May 2021, 2:33 pm

Australia is rolling out tax incentives to encourage game developers to set up shop in Australia. Here in New Zealand, game developers are unable to access the same types of subsidies which are reserv…

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Orion Health asks for probe into "scandalous" Covid IT spend

Peter Griffin. 06 May 2021, 12:25 pm

 Tech leader and Orion Health chief executive Ian McCrae has requested the Auditor General undertake an audit review of Ministry of Health IT decisions.

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Your phone can now serve as a earthquake early warning system

Peter Griffin. 29 April 2021, 9:46 am

Google's earthquake early warning system uses the accelerometer in Android smartphones and could give people precious seconds to take cover for a sizeable shake.

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