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After Christchurch, what now?

Paul Brislen. 18 March 2019, 8:19 am

Where to now for New Zealand and how do we learn from what has happend so we can build that New Zealand we thought we all lived in.

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Paul Brislen. 15 March 2019, 11:00 am

Privacy. It's one of those things that you may not realise is important until you've lost it. Once it's gone, there's no getting it back. Once your mother's maiden name or your first pet's name is out there, you can't magically retract it.

That wasn't so important in a paper-based world, but today we're digital and I don't just mean PIN numbers and password words either. I use my thumbprint to unlock my phone. My phone unlocks my bank account pretty much automatically these days. The next phone I have won't do anything so old fashioned - it will probably just use my facial features to let me (or a very good picture of me) open my apps and noodle around in my private life, in my company records, in my clients' data.

[PLUS: Twitter remains oblivious to what its users actually want. The Web remains, but for how long?

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DNA law under review

Sarah Putt. 14 March 2019, 3:57 pm

New Zealand was among the first countries to pass laws governing the collection and use of DNA in criminal investigations. But, like pretty much all new technology, its application has evolved in leaps and bounds and regulatory oversight has not kept up with innovation.

The Law Commission spent 18 months reviewing the current law and practices and released a 367-page issues paper late last year, for which submissions close this month. The paper details just how powerful DNA technology is.

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Paul Brislen. 08 March 2019, 2:00 pm

I fought long and hard, tooth and nail to get a comments section up on Computerworld back in the day. It happened, eventually, after I'd gone but I was delighted. They had comments on all the stories …

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NZ never to rise above digital user: Govt report

Paul Brislen. 27 February 2019, 7:03 am

The New Zealand Productivity Commission has worked with its Australian counterpart to produce a report into the digital sector in both countries and how to develop it and to address any constraints th…

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Content options

Sarah Putt. 21 February 2019, 5:47 pm

Slowly and surely the content bundle that has served broadcasters so well for so long is being dismantled as new online options come on stream.

Spark has announced that its sports offering - unsurp…

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Ian Taylor named Innovator of the Year

ITP Staff. 20 February 2019, 6:05 am

ITP Past President and Honorary Fellow, Ian Taylor, was named New Zealand's innovator of the year at the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year awards, adding to his list of achievements including last ye…

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How to name a start-up

Sarah Putt. 12 February 2019, 8:39 am

A rose by any other name might smell as sweet, but will it be as successful? And, so we turn to the vexed question of what's in a name and why coming up with one can be the hardest first task for a st…

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Paul Brislen. 08 February 2019, 12:00 pm

Tonga is cut off from the internet for two weeks... Huawei may be cut off for good if this carries on... and InternetNZ and Flag Day goes off without too many websites being cut off.

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Getting copyright right

Mandy Henk. 08 February 2019, 7:06 am

New Zealand's Copyright Act is set for a review and the government needs you. Input from the tech sector is vital if we're to build a set of rules that works in the digital era. Mandy Henk explains.

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NZ in 2040 - Callaghan Innovation's Challenge

Sarah Putt. 05 February 2019, 9:55 am

The eve of Waitangi Day is as good a time as any to ponder what the country will be like in 20 years' time - or more to the point, what we want it to be like. Callaghan Innovation sought the views of …

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