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NZTech to Govt: We need more joined-up decision making on tech

Peter Griffin. 02 December 2020, 10:45 pm

NZTech has released its briefing to the incoming minister, which amounts to a wish list of actions to accelerate growth in the digital economy.

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Salesforce buys Slack

Paul Brislen. 02 December 2020, 5:52 pm

Salesforce is buying Slack in a move that pitches the company head-to-head with Microsoft. The winner: hopefully the user base for both who will now be wooed with new features and capabilities.

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Trump's fired cybersecurity chief - "It's not how I wanted to go out"

Peter Griffin. 01 December 2020, 10:19 am

President Trump's cybersecurity chief Chris Krebs is a life-long Republican who was fired by the president for his efforts to preserve the integrity of the US election system.

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Vodafone NZ and Ngahere Communities myth-bust global 5G conspiracy theories

Techblog Staff. 30 November 2020, 3:04 pm

Vodafone is taking the anti-5G brigade on using humour as a vehicle with a new series of videos that aren't your usual corporate fare.

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Quick ITP update and upcoming events

Paul Matthews. 30 November 2020, 1:53 pm

[From Monday] We held an excellent 60th anniversary celebration event in Dunedin last week - so good to see our southern community come together with almost 100 in attendance and a real mix of the key…

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Brislen on Tech: What to do about Big Tech?

Paul Brislen. 27 November 2020, 5:25 pm

What to do about Big Tech and its unwillingness to play nicely in our jurisdiction?

For the EU, mega-fines aren't enough - it's now granting itself the power to break up tech companies that refuse…

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CIO Awards: delivering transformation projects in the shadow of Covid

Peter Griffin. 26 November 2020, 9:07 am

The Inland Revenue department this week picked up one of the flagship prizes at the CIO Awards held in Auckland for the latest phase of a business transformation project that took on a whole new eleme…

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Govt hackers account for nearly one third of attacks: NCSC

Paul Brislen. 26 November 2020, 7:31 am

Cyber attacks are on the rise, say NZ's two government agencies responsible for our cybersecurity, and almost one third of those attacks come from 'state-level actors'.

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Computer games - the new security breach vector

Paul Brislen. 25 November 2020, 7:26 am

As the COVID pandemic sweeps the world, home entertainment (particularly online games) have surged in popularity, but for some users it also brings cyberbullying, personal attacks and hacking.

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Quick ITP update and upcoming events

Paul Matthews. 24 November 2020, 5:52 pm

(From Monday) The Steering Group for the skills component of the Industry Transformation Plan has kicked off, with a very awesome group of people helping steer the future plan for skills in Digital Te…

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The failed attempt to make Silicon Valley work from home

Peter Griffin. 24 November 2020, 10:45 am

California's Bay Area tech workers may be working from home during Covid-19, but a plan to make that permanent hasn't gone down so well.

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Apple buckles on App Store commission... but only for the little fish

Peter Griffin. 20 November 2020, 2:57 pm

Apple will cut in half the commission it takes from software developers selling apps in its App Store, but only for developers with revenue of up to US$1 million a year.

A battle with bigger develo…

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Nominations close for ITP President and Deputy President TODAY

ITP Team. 20 November 2020, 2:56 pm

Nominations are currently open for ITP's national President and Deputy President, however close at midnight tonight.

The ITP President chairs the National Board, the governance body responsible for…

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Brislen on Tech: TIN200 - what a year

Paul Brislen. 20 November 2020, 12:58 pm

The year has been rightly labelled a shocker, with economic downturn, societal upheaval and the health sector stretched to breaking point.

But for the tech industry, 2020 will be remembered for som…

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From strength to strength: ICT sector booms in 2020

Techblog Staff. 18 November 2020, 12:47 pm

The New Zealand tech sector is growing in leaps and bounds, creating high-paying jobs and bringing in more export revenue than ever before, says the TIN Tech Pulse 2020 report.

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Github builds war chest to fight copyright claims, reverses takedown decision

Peter Griffin. 17 November 2020, 10:05 am

A move by Github to support software developers fight copyright-infringement claims has been welcomed by the open-source software community.

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Quick ITP update and upcoming events

Paul Matthews. 16 November 2020, 4:28 pm

[From Monday] It's been a couple of very busy weeks at ITP. One activity last week included heading along to the Whitireia and Weltec Final Project Showcase for IT students, and as always, I came away…

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COVID-19 related scams on the rise…

Techblog Staff. 16 November 2020, 3:07 pm

It's Fraud Awareness Week which is timely because reports of fraudulent activity rose by 73% in the April-June period. The key driver seems to be COVID-19.

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Brislen on Tech: Tender is the night

Paul Brislen. 13 November 2020, 2:24 pm

Government is the single biggest buyer of ICT products and services in the land, yet all too often it ends up buying expensive kit that doesn't meet the bill.

Why is this and how can government do…

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Tech Media Panel - 13 November 2020

TechBlog Team. 13 November 2020, 2:10 pm

Here’s this week’s Tech Media Panel, with ITP CEO Paul Matthews hosting Paul Brislen and Peter Griffin from

This week: China’s biggest online sale, Single’s Day, coincides with…

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