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Worldcoin is scanning eyeballs to build a global ID and finance system. Governments are not impressed

Katharine Kemp. 10 August 2023, 11:43 am

Millions of people worldwide are lining up to stare into a silver sphere about the size of a bowling ball so their irises can be scanned in exchange for online identity verification and "free" cryptoc…

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Political party promises for DigiTech: Act Party

Victoria MacLennan. 09 August 2023, 11:56 am

This is the first in a series looking at what the major political parties are promising in the digital technology domain - for our sector, towards closing the digital divide and looking to the future …

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Spark’s bid to overhaul the IT service desk

Peter Griffin. 08 August 2023, 11:13 am

It's the moment anyone working in a large organisation dreads - when you can't sort out your tech problem yourself and have to resort to calling the IT service desk for help.

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Griffin on Tech: Building an UpStart Nation, ComCom’s long overdue payments probe

Peter Griffin. 04 August 2023, 11:51 am

From unlocking fintech's potential to boosting our startup sector - we know what needs to be done. But can we get out act together to remove the roadblocks?

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AI wrap Friday August 4th

Victoria MacLennan. 04 August 2023, 9:53 am

AI Wrap-Up: Deepfakes, Generative AI, and Exciting Advancements - 4th AugustWelcome to the AI Wrap-Up! In this edition, we bring you the latest news and developments in the world of artif

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ChatGPT and Threads reflect the challenges of fast tech adoption

Omar H. Fares, Seung Hwan (Mark) Lee. 03 August 2023, 11:21 am

While rapid user adoption is a promising start, it doesn’t guarantee long-term success.

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Startup stress: free support on offer for founders

Peter Griffin. 01 August 2023, 12:24 pm

Callaghan Innovation has begun offering free guidance and counselling for founders taking the rollercoaster ride of launching and trying to commercialise a startup company.

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Griffin on Tech: Cybersecurity shake-up and a dearth of digital policies 

Peter Griffin. 28 July 2023, 2:02 pm

There's not much relating to the digital policy in election pledges so far, but areas like cybersecurity need attention.

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AI wrap Friday 28th July

Victoria MacLennan. 28 July 2023, 2:02 pm

Government Guidance on use of Generative AI Here in Aotearoa NZ the biggest news AI wise must be the guidance published by the Government (GCDO at DIA) on use of Generative AI. 
FraudGPT new AI too…

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DIA issues its guidance on how to use generative AI in the public sector

Peter Griffin. 27 July 2023, 8:13 am

As infographics go, it won't win any design awards, but many public servants will welcome some official advice on how to test the waters with the new wave of generative AI tools and platforms.

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Getting your head around the Safer Online Services and Media Platforms Consultation

Victoria MacLennan. 25 July 2023, 7:54 pm

This blog is really a summary of what I have found out during my own discovery phase on the consultation DIA have released on Safer Online Services and Media Platforms Consultation.  It's a big topic…

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The future of money is digital – but NZ needs a careful framework to prevent the pitfalls of cryptocurrency

New Zealand's central bank is preparing for a future that includes the mainstream use of cryptocurrency.

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AI Wrap Friday July 21st

Victoria MacLennan. 21 July 2023, 1:19 pm

Kia Ora koutou and welcome to the AI wrap for Friday July 21st. I decided to investigate getting an AI to assist me today so this blog is brought to you with the assistance of free ChatGPT.

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Griffin on Tech: How much will you pay for a copilot?

Peter Griffin. 21 July 2023, 10:50 am

Microsoft will charge a hefty $30 per month premium for Copilot features in Microsoft 365. Wall Street loves the potential revenue bump for Microsoft, but how many users will pay up?

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Tech job listings take a dive

Peter Griffin. 20 July 2023, 10:14 am

New Zealand's job listings have "taken a nose dive" according to RCSA, the peak body for recruitment companies, with listings tech-related roles seeing the greatest decline.

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Phictionary: the key methods phishing scammers use…

Peter Griffin. 18 July 2023, 10:02 am

We are in the middle of a 'scamdemic' with reported financial losses from online scams and phishing attacks reaching record levels in most countries.

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Transparency key to making human-bot teams succeed - researchers

Peter Griffin. 13 July 2023, 11:28 am

The generative AI revolution has the potential to impact most industries in some way, but customer service chatbots are an immediate application of the technology already widely deployed.

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Digital divide, data sovereignty, skills development - priorities for Māori tech sector

Peter Griffin. 11 July 2023, 10:46 am

Māori should be more than "token add-ons", but instead intentionally sought as partners, co-designers, and contributors to New Zealand's tech sector, a new report canvassing views from Māori in tech…

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Griffin on Tech: Threads of unease

Peter Griffin. 07 July 2023, 1:49 pm

Meta's debut of Threads spells relief for fed-up Twitter users - but don't forget Mark Zuckerberg's patchy record on content moderation, privacy and data security.

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AI wrap Friday July 7th

Victoria MacLennan. 07 July 2023, 1:35 pm

This week, copyright case against OpenAI, policy analysts using generative AI to write stuff, Googles new terms and conditions, more on AI and jobs plus a list of articles in brief and new apps on the…

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