Digital divide, data sovereignty, skills development - priorities for Māori tech sector
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…
Griffin on Tech: Threads of unease
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.
AI wrap Friday July 7th
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…
New life for radio astronomy station
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.
US govt buy vast quantities of personal information on the open market – what it means for privacy in the age of AI
Numerous government agencies have purchased vast amounts of U.S. citizens' personal information from commercial data brokers.
Griffin on Tech: Microsoft’s leg-up from the Govt and the tech bro cage fight
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.
AI Wrap Friday June 30th
Spotting AI generated articles, what will happen to Civil Servants jobs? Women in Ethics in AI and Bias in Generative AI
With campus numbers plummeting due to online learning, do we need two categories of university degree?
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.
Hi-Tech Awards: Against the gloom, an upbeat industry looks to the future…
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.
Griffin on Tech: Gabrielle’s telecoms lessons and the limits of DIY innovation
New reports show the barriers the telecoms industry faced in responding to Cyclone Gabrielle. We need to do better - and quickly.
AI wrap Friday 23 June
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.
Yes, AI could help us fix the productivity slump – but it can’t fix everything
It seems very likely AI will improve productivity at a societal level in the long run, and some of these improvements may be transformative.
DDoS attackers - hacktivists or state-backed actors?
Is Anonymous Sudan a hacktivist group or an information warfare tool of the Russian government? CyberCX has its own theory.
Griffin on Tech: AI Act progress, Kim's extradition, and women-led start-ups
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.
AI wrap Friday June 16th
UK Government efforts. AI Ethics. ChatGPT's jokes. New Beetles song and more.
New digital skills initiatives target Māori, Pasifika and the primary sector
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.
AI the game changer, but who is allowed to play?
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.
AI wrap Friday June 9th
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…
Griffin on Tech: ChatGPT bans and the the rise of ‘FedGPT’
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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