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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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New life for radio astronomy station

Peter Griffin. 06 July 2023, 11:45 am

New Zealand's tiny community of radioastronomers was dealt a major blow last year when costing cutting at AUT saw its research operations at the Warkworth Satellite Earth Station shut down.

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US govt buy vast quantities of personal information on the open market – what it means for privacy in the age of AI

Anne Toomey McKenna. 04 July 2023, 11:19 am

Numerous government agencies have purchased vast amounts of U.S. citizens' personal information from commercial data brokers.

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Griffin on Tech: Microsoft’s leg-up from the Govt and the tech bro cage fight

Peter Griffin. 30 June 2023, 1:30 pm

RNZ's Phil Pennington continues to do valuable investigative work using the Official Information Act to shine a light on the inner workings of government, including its use of technology.

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AI Wrap Friday June 30th

Victoria MacLennan. 30 June 2023, 12:24 pm

Spotting AI generated articles, what will happen to Civil Servants jobs? Women in Ethics in AI and Bias in Generative AI

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With campus numbers plummeting due to online learning, do we need two categories of university degree?

Ananish Chaudhuri. 28 June 2023, 5:27 pm

As recent headlines have made clear, New Zealand universities are in an existential crisis for a variety of reasons, including a sharp drop in international student numbers and chronic underfunding.

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Hi-Tech Awards: Against the gloom, an upbeat industry looks to the future…

Peter Griffin. 27 June 2023, 10:28 am

In the modern splendour of Christchurch's Te Pae Convention Centre, the tech sector came together to honour its most successful, impactful and inspiring companies and individuals on Friday.

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Griffin on Tech: Gabrielle’s telecoms lessons and the limits of DIY innovation

Peter Griffin. 23 June 2023, 11:20 am

New reports show the barriers the telecoms industry faced in responding to Cyclone Gabrielle. We need to do better - and quickly.

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AI wrap Friday 23 June

Victoria MacLennan. 23 June 2023, 11:19 am

Do we need a national conversation on AI? Can AI shift our productivity slump? the new EU AI act, Will AI make us stupid. Voicebox, anti money laundering, Robocat and more.

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Yes, AI could help us fix the productivity slump – but it can’t fix everything

Stefan Hajkowicz and Jon Whittle. 22 June 2023, 11:26 am

It seems very likely AI will improve productivity at a societal level in the long run, and some of these improvements may be transformative.

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DDoS attackers - hacktivists or state-backed actors?

Peter Griffin. 20 June 2023, 12:44 pm

Is Anonymous Sudan a hacktivist group or an information warfare tool of the Russian government? CyberCX has its own theory.

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Griffin on Tech: AI Act progress, Kim's extradition, and women-led start-ups 

Peter Griffin. 16 June 2023, 10:18 am

It's full steam ahead on AI regulation in Europe with members of the EU Parliament passing the draft text of the Artificial Intelligence Act with strong consensus - 499 to 28 votes in favour.

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AI wrap Friday June 16th

Victoria MacLennan. 15 June 2023, 8:54 pm

UK Government efforts. AI Ethics. ChatGPT's jokes. New Beetles song and more.

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New digital skills initiatives target Māori, Pasifika and the primary sector

Peter Griffin. 15 June 2023, 10:22 am

Public cloud provider AWS has joined a handful of tech companies in offering digital access to STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) topics for low-decile intermediate schools.

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AI the game changer, but who is allowed to play?

Viv Chandra. 13 June 2023, 10:49 am

AI: What we don’t want is to have is two games, one benefitting those who have access and one where the game rules punish those who don’t.

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AI wrap Friday June 9th

Victoria MacLennan. 09 June 2023, 11:28 am

A quick AI wrap this week as I am on holiday! This week a view on assessment and AI from Claire Amos school principal, Bernard Hickey's podcast, new sorting algorithm from Deepmind, Sam Altman's lates…

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Griffin on Tech: ChatGPT bans and the the rise of ‘FedGPT’

Peter Griffin. 09 June 2023, 10:53 am

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment this week became the first government department to explicitly ban staff from using ChatGPT.

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New course - Digital Technology Leadership Masterclass

Victoria MacLennan. 08 June 2023, 12:08 pm

Supercharge your career in the dynamic digital technology industry with our innovative Digital Technology Leadership Masterclass. Designed for aspiring and current leaders, this comprehensive course e…

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