NZ vs Big Tech: How can little New Zealand regulate Facebook and co?

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Announcing a new review of our internet and publishing regulations, under the headline Govt acts to protect NZers from harmful content , Minister of Internal Affairs, Jan Tinetti, says that New...

Amazon’s $160m rebate from NZ Govt is VERY shortsighted: Here’s why

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Do you want to be in the film business? Well, you already are - New Zealand taxpayers money has been subsidising the industry for decades. Nothing new there.  But is the memorandum...
Is Hatch or Sharesies better?

Is Hatch or Sharesies better?

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Is Hatch or Sharesies better? It's all dependent on how much you want to invest. Sharesies is cheaper for investments $500.

What Spotify’s live audio app Greenroom is really like…

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Spotify joined the live audio game last week with Greenroom.  It’s done via a reskinned Locker Room app that Spotify bought in March for an estimated $50 million USD. It now joins Twitter...

NZ agritech ready and waiting to take on the world

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The annual Fieldays - is more than just an excuse for John Campbell and the TVNZ Breakfast team to don Swanndris and talk to salt-of-the-earth woodchoppers. It’s also a reminder that New...

What is IRL? Meet the social messaging and events app eating Facebook’s lunch

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IRL borrows Facebook functionality to a demographic that Facebook can’t reach.
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NZ Police STILL policing themselves with use of controversial Clearview AI

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Clearview AI, one of the high-tech surveillance tools used by New Zealand Police, continues to be mired in controversy. Canada has banned it and both Australia and the UK’s privacy regulators...
Meet Mitchell Pham

Meet Mitchell Pham: The man responsible for helping the government “understand digital”

Mitchell Pham is chair of the Orwellian-sounding Digital Council for Aotearoa. Appointed in December 2019, the 49 year old tech entrepreneur leads a now six-strong group of ‘well-connected experts’. One founding member,...

The high-tech stocktake New Zealand Police didn’t want you to see

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The high-tech stocktake New Zealand Police didn’t want you to see New Zealand policing is playing catch-up with a fast-moving tech world, but privacy campaigners are concerned over the pace of the...

Buying a car? Go electric or pay for someone else to

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No, Waka Kotahi’s “clean car discount” doesn’t reward tidiness, but it is a way to get more people into electric vehicles and support the government’s aim to be carbon neutral by...