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Brislen on Tech

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 as they are a New Zealand business and were quite happy with their lot.

But then along came the internet and the opportunity to sell to people who might not want to go into a store in south Auckland (from memory) and pick goods up off the shelf.

So they set up what was quaintly called an "e-commerce shopping site" and it meant people could buy goods from them online and have them delivered. You may be familiar with the concept.

They called me because they'd received a letter from the US Food and Drug Administration telling them to stop selling goods online at once or they'd be taken to court for various unspecified crimes.

Also: The Yeah-nah Burger, and Privacy Blues

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Preschoolers (tamaiti) create Samoan language apps

Sarah Putt. 12 June 2018, 9:00 am
Preschoolers (tamaiti) create Samoan language apps

They may be too young to enter Tahi Rua Toru Tech - the national competition to support the new Digital Technologies & Hangarau Matihiko curriculum in schools - but pre-schoolers (tamaiti) from Tino e Tasi Preschool are well on their way to becoming digital champions.

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Microsoft vs the United States of America - law enforcement access to cloud data

Amy Ryburn. 28 March 2018, 6:37 am
Microsoft vs the United States of America - law enforcement access to cloud data

In 2018 the United States (US) Supreme Court will consider an important case regarding law enforcement's ability to access information stored in the cloud. This case will help determine the extent to which US law enforcement agencies may be able to access your data, regardless of what country it is stored in. 

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IFIP thought leader presents to United Nations

Techblog staff. 18 October 2017, 10:00 am

Last week, IFIP IP3 board director Stephen Ibaraki presented to the United Nations on how Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies will dramatically change the world in which we …

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Programming Language Hacks

Don Hollander. 12 October 2017, 8:00 am

Universal Acceptance is the simple concept that all legitimate domain names and email addresses work across all applications, but a recent Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) study found that …

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This is a test of the emergency management system

Paul Brislen. 04 October 2017, 8:02 am

New Zealand woke up last week a nation divided into those that received the 1.30am Civil Defence emergency alert and those who did not.

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 14 July 2017, 4:17 pm

In which we discuss the stupidity of the net neutrality debate... consider the policies of our various political parties in the lead-up to the lizard-choosing... and will the robots keep us as pets or…

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The Summit of AI for Social Good

Stephen Ibaraki. 13 July 2017, 4:55 am

IFIP IP3 Vice Chair and Founding Chair of IFIP's Global Industry Council, Stephen Ibaraki, played a pivotal role in the development and delivery of the first AI for Good Global Summit. The following a…

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 07 July 2017, 12:47 pm

In which the iPhone turns ten and we look back at the revolution it was... the Internet of Things is coming, ready or not (or is it)... and we go sailing with the America's Cup (not really but we woul…

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 16 June 2017, 4:06 pm

In which Paul Brislen seeks out a new job as this one has limited reach... Farmers need to think about a new approach as pharming takes off... and fall out from Fuji Xerox's accounting scandal claims …

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Another win for the computers - predictive coding discovery endorsed in Australian court

Amy Ryburn. 06 June 2017, 6:00 am

Late last year, the Supreme Court of Victoria released a judgment that resolutely approved the use of predictive coding (or TAR - technology assisted review) for the purpose of discovery in a large li…

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