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The US just hosted a major multinational cybersecurity summit - but will it help?

Peter Membrey. 27 October 2021, 3:44 pm

The attack on the US Colonial Pipeline company was simply too big for the government to ignore.

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During Covid we turned to video games to stay entertained - and connected

Peter Griffin. 26 October 2021, 12:22 pm

 Video games constituted the second more popular medium behind streaming video during the pandemic, according to new research from the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association.

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Griffin on Tech: Put your thinking caps on - we need a decent digital strategy

Peter Griffin. 22 October 2021, 1:51 pm

We are one of the few countries in the OECD without a digital strategy.

That's all changing but it needs your input. Let's make the current effort to develop one count.

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RNZ New Tech: NZ's Digital Strategy, Ransomware, and Text Scams

ITP Team. 22 October 2021, 1:43 pm

ITP CEO Paul Matthews talked with RNZ Nine to Noon this week about New Zealand's proposed Digital Strategy - what it'll mean for the future of digital in New Zealand.

Also, the Australians have int…

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Toybox: A compelling mix of nostalgia and style in Samsung's Flip

Peter Griffin. 22 October 2021, 8:40 am

The Flip feels like a format that's here to stay, one that even Apple might draw inspiration from.

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Our Digital Strategy needs to be more human-centric and values-driven

By Dr. Markus Luczak-Roesch. 21 October 2021, 11:47 am

The key question is whether Aotearoa New Zealand wants to embark on a bold and unique journey to fundamentally rethink technological development, from cable to cloud and from assembly to apps, to be m…

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Does provenance matter when it comes to digital products and services?

By Jens Dietrich and Matthias Galster. 19 October 2021, 11:08 pm

provenance is making its way into applications, but features like "why am I seeing this ad" from Google or Facebook are underwhelming. The question is: can we do better?

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Apple's cunning scheme to boost uptake of its Siri voice assistant

Peter Griffin. 19 October 2021, 11:36 am

Amid a slew of upgrades to its MacBook Pro range and audio hardware unveiled this morning Apple also launched Apple Music Voice Plan, a cut-price music streaming service that can only be accessed via…

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The plan for digital tech skills and talent

Paul Matthews. 15 October 2021, 3:14 pm

We're really excited to be releasing the final cut of the skills and talent plan next week, as part of the significant work going into the Digital Tech Industry Transformation Plan.

Want to take a …

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Griffin on Tech: Aussie's ransomware crackdown could make us a bigger target

Peter Griffin. 15 October 2021, 3:00 pm

Australia is introducing laws specifically targeting ransomware attacks. Really, will that make a difference?

And does it now make New Zealand organisations softer targets?

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Waste not, want not: time to recycle your unwanted gadgets

By Paul Brislen. 14 October 2021, 2:47 pm

It is International E-Waste Day, a perfect opportunity to gather up all your useless gadgets and get them to an e-waste recycler.

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AI is growing up – four key trends transforming its use in business

Peter Griffin. 14 October 2021, 8:46 am

After an initial wave of enterprise-scale AI applications, efforts are ramping up to make AI easier to develop and less prone to bias.

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Should social media platforms have a duty to care?

By Kim Connolly-Stone. 14 October 2021, 8:28 am

Governments around the world are thinking about how they regulate the activities of social media platforms and whether a stronger hand is needed. I say "yes please".

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Australia's 'zero tolerance' action plan on ransomware attacks

Peter Griffin. 13 October 2021, 3:25 pm

Our Australian friends vowed to get tough on ransomware and the people behind the often debilitating attacks on businesses and public agencies. Now the Australian Government has delivered.

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Quick ITP update and upcoming events

Paul Matthews. 12 October 2021, 3:00 pm

[From Tuesday] The last week we've been working on updating the skills component of the Digital Tech Industry Transformation Plan, and embedding it into the overall plan. Government has also released …

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Tech is a team sport, let's look out for each other

by Tim McNamara. 12 October 2021, 12:11 pm

For the technology industry, we've probably been avoiding mental health issues for too long. Then along came Covid.

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Who is liable when scammers compromise business email?

By Rosalie Van Dael and Rick Shera. 11 October 2021, 12:14 pm

Online scams, where a hacker alters an invoice or payment instruction and the payer sends the money to the hacker's account, are becoming frighteningly common. 

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Griffin on Tech: Big outages show the fragility of our internet

Peter Griffin. 08 October 2021, 2:25 pm

This week's outage that saw Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp go down at the same time ranks as possibly one of the biggest disruptions to web services in history.

But it follows several other high …

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Women in Space network takes off

Peter Griffin. 06 October 2021, 10:07 pm

A new group aspiring to help women who want to get involved in the fast-growing space industry has launched as World Space Week is celebrated around the globe.

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Facebook goes dark as whistleblower spills its secrets

Peter Griffin. 05 October 2021, 8:29 am

A global outage, a damaging whistleblower campaigning for justice. Can the week get any worse for Facebook?

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