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NZTech chief: Don't wait for the government, let's find NZ's CTO ourselves
Why do we need a government-appointed chief technology anyway? Those sentiments have been echoing around New Zealand’s tech community after the scandal and failed recruitment of marketing techrepreneur Derek Handley.
Government launches digital procurement processes for IT spending
“Together we can change procurement into a much more flexible, agile process taking advantage of what digital platforms can offer.” - Clare Curran
Have your say: Govt extends feedback deadline for Cyber Security Strategy refresh
“There’s been strong interest in the Cyber Security Strategy refresh and we want to ensure we have a broad range of perspectives," says Clare Curran.
Govt escalates rural broadband completion a year ahead of schedule
Communications minister Clare Curran says she wants "people to know they don’t have to wait until the end of 2022."
NZ Govt is boosting support for game development
“Great things are already happening in the tech sector, I’d like to see how the Government can support taking our expertise to the world.”
Two hundred secondary school girls experience ICT in Wellington
The Wellington ShadowTech is the first in a nationwide series of technology-focused events up and down the country.
NZTech programme aims to encourage more young girls into tech
Curran spoke to nearly 200 secondary school girls taking part in ShadowTech 2018.
Budget 2018: NZ's cyber threat response gets $3.9m boost
The Government’s Budget 2018 will inject an extra $3.9 million for New Zealand’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) over the next four years.
Wellington businesses promote ICT opportunities to the region’s teenage girls
"We are certain that opportunities like this make a difference in addressing the current gender imbalance in ICT."
CERT NZ honoured to chair new Pacific Cyber Security Operational Network
CERT NZ says it is a ‘huge honour’ to be voted in as the Pacific Cyber Security Operational Network’s inaugural chair.
Want to be NZ's first national CTO? You now have another shot
The government is still on the hunt for the country’s first chief technology officer after the first round of recruitment proved unsuccessful.
Otago experts to work with Government on AI framework
“AI and algorithms offer great opportunities, but also some potential pitfalls.”
CERT NZ's Advisory Board extended for another six months
“I’m pleased all existing Board members have agreed to stay on and advise CERT NZ as we work through the refresh of our cybersecurity action plan."
Clare Curran targeted in Facebook impersonation; warns Kiwis to be vigilant
“It’s frightening to think someone is impersonating you online and CERT NZ is there to help people sort out issues and feel safe again online."
Government moves to revitalize NZ's Cyber Security and Action Plan
“We must work collectively to build New Zealand’s cyber security capability and resilience so I invite everyone to join the play a key role."
Parliament supports NZ's Privacy Bill during first reading
New Zealand’s proposed Privacy Bill is going through the first round of debates in Parliament this week, with the support of all sitting MPs.
AI-DAY: Using artificial intelligence to scam the scammers
“40% of New Zealand parents don’t think they can keep themselves safe online.”
Govt announces first eight members of digital divide taskforce
The Digital Economy and Digital Inclusion Advisory Group will advise the Govt on how it can build the digital economy and reduce digital divides.
Government widens CTO search despite more than 60 applicants
“Even though I am very keen to establish this role, I’m not prepared to make a decision in haste.”
Top Google researcher to speak at Auckland digital summit
Tomas Izo leads a Google team of engineers and scientists researching digital issues which contribute to a wide range of products.
NZTech responds to digital divide report: "The government is right to raise this concern"
"Left unaddressed this digital divide will exacerbate the social divide."
Government report shines light on NZ's digital divide
Curran says the previous government didn’t make the report public until after the election as it exposed the digital divide in New Zealand.
Govt. to appoint chief technology officer to close digital divide
“This Government intends to progress its goals to close the digital divide by 2020."
Creative accounting? Labour questions Phase 2 of govt's UFB plan
"It sounds like creative accounting, and the indications are that Chorus has played hard ball to get the biggest share of the deal on its terms."
Labour scoffs at KiwiRail's cyber security fail
“KiwiRail left a hole in its security so big you could drive a train through it."
Amy Adams shuts down Labour potshots at RBI
Amy Adams says it is “becoming increasingly clear that facts are not wholly important to Ms Curran”.
Labour Party continues to bag on rural broadband initiative
The Labour Party says Minister Amy Adams is currently trying to contain the fallout from the Government’s $300 million rural broadband scheme.
Labour slams Govt. rural broadband scheme
"It’s time Amy Adams stood up for regional New Zealand."
Government dragging its heels with Kiwi internet problems
The Labour Party says that while the National Government focuses on 2020, rural internet stagnates in 2015.
Labour poses the question: Are we ready for the Future of Work?
"Is it time for coding to be taught in all our schools to prepare Kiwi kids for the Future of Work? Do we need to create digital apprenticeships?"
Labour: Rural broadband initiative 'massive policy failure'
"The RBI could prove to be one of the most misguided spends of this National government.”
Maori TV: has editorial independence been compromised?
The Labour Party is calling for assurance on Maori TV editorial independence following the shock resignation of Mihingarangi Forbes last week.
"National's negative attitude to public broadcasting is baffling" - Labour
"National's negative attitude to public broadcasting is baffling. Something needs to change, and soon."
Television NZ expects to resume dividends in 2016, pick up in ad revenue
Television New Zealand, the state-owned broadcaster, expects to resume dividend payments in 2016, having gained approvals to halt payments in fiscal 2
John Key's chickens on notice over official information requests
"Entrenched cynical and manipulative abuse of official information requests by his Government will no longer be tolerated."
Labour calls out John Key over phone and internet price hikes
Labour ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says John Key can’t duck the blame for internet and phone price increases.
Little appoints shadow Cabinet: Robertson finance, King deputy
Newly elected Labour Party leader Andrew Little has appointed his closest rival for the job, Grant Robertson, to the crucial finance role previousl
Labour slams broadband plans... "misses the mark by a country mile"
"National’s polling clearly indicates regional New Zealand has lost patience with the current abysmal connectivity and is scrambling to patch over the cracks."
National "finally wakes up" to rural broadband issues
"Broadband connections in rural New Zealand are poor by world standards."
"Slow, sluggish, not sweet at all"... Labour slams broadband
Rural communities, frustrated by slow and unstable broadband, have been delivered a two fingered salute by Steven ‘Everything’s Sweet' Joyce.
“Go home Dotcom”… Drury slams “depressing” political ICT plans
As the political heavyweights debated the future ICT roadmap for New Zealand last night, Rod Drury sat shaking his head in the crowd.
Is taxpayer cash being used to plug Chorus' copper hole?
"Chorus has had three years warning of the inevitable fall in copper prices."
Labour slams Govt's millon-dollar tech start-up u-turn...
"While he’s copying one of our policies he should adopt the rest as well. The industry has welcomed the whole package."
Would a Labour CTO lead a ‘Digital Upgrade’ in NZ?
"For too long, Information Technology has been seen as a backwater in government."
Is Govt's "mismanaged" Windows XP migration costing taxpayers millions?
"More than $1 million has already been paid out over an unspecified time to continue support of nearly 20,000 DHB computers still using XP."
NZ awaits as exciting NetHui programme takes shape...
The eagerly anticipated NetHui 2014 showpiece continues to come together as more announcements are made about the Auckland event in July.
State-funded Chorus fibre plans nothing more than a PR stunt?
"UltraFast Fibre’s announcement of ‘gigabit’ services to eight towns across the central North Island confirms Chorus’ social media #Gigatown competition is nothing more than just a cynical public relations exercise."
Joyce under attack as Labour slams Govt's ICT policy
Is the government’s ICT policy just window dressing...?
Labour slams Telecom spectrum deal
"New Zealand is a small country. Our competitive environment in telecommunication markets is not guaranteed."
Labour praises "sensible" final copper pricing delay...
"Politicians might not always agree with the Commission’s decisions, but we should trust the regulator to get on with it."
Key ducks but can’t avoid High Court Chorus slap
"John Key, Amy Adams and Steven Joyce have all contributed to one of the major botch-ups of the National Government..."
Adams slams Labour's UFB trickery
"Clare Curran’s press release is littered with mistakes. She either doesn’t understand the agreement between Crown Fibre Holdings and Chorus or she is trying to mislead New Zealanders."
Is Chorus stitch-up a backdoor bailout?
"Yet another dodgy deal has been stitched up."
Cunliffe not Curran to blame for Labour ICT leak
Despite initial reports to the contrary, Labour have this afternoon revealed that party ideas on ICT policy were in fact sent from leader David Cunliffe’s office.
"Shipwreck" Labour leaks secret ICT plan to Govt…
Labour has been left deeply embarrassed following revelations that party ideas on ICT policy were accidentally emailed to Communications Minister Amy Adams yesterday.
Labour calls for "international expert" to assess Chorus financial probe
An international expert should be brought in to conduct the independent assessment of Chorus’ financial position, according to opposition party Labour.
Should govt listen to the copper tax campaign?
National must listen to the widespread opposition to Amy Adams’ ‘copper tax’ that will give $600 million to shareholders in Chorus at the cost of New Zealanders’ broadband bills.
Is the govt shutting down more bad broadband news?
In stepping in to make sure Transfield Services paid its subcontractors, Labour claim the government desperately tried to stamp out more bad news about its UFB roll-out.
IT pros welcome passing of Patents Bill
The Institute of IT Professionals welcomes the near unanimous passing of the Patents Bill in Parliament, effectively removing software patents from New Zealand.
Should creative and internet industries review NZ copyright laws?
New Zealand’s creative and internet industries should instigate a review of copyright laws, given the government appears to have abandoned a commitment to hold such a review this year.
Facebook slams NZ spying law
Social networking giant seeks an exemption over government proposals which could see over two million Kiwis spied on by authorities.
Govt empowers CIO to stop IT scares
Chief Information Officer Colin McDonald will receive greater powers and a bigger budget, as the government acts to avoid Novopay style IT cock-ups going forward.
Key: Snowden not welcome in NZ
As rumours surface that Edward Snowden may seek refuge in New Zealand, Prime Minister John Key insists the US govt whistleblower is not welcome.
Kiwi software no longer patentable
Mixed reaction as New Zealand government proposes bill making software no longer patentable.
Does the Orcon sale smack of short-term thinking?
Labour Party says sale of the state-owned telco is shrouded in mystery and demands to know the cost.
Did security flaw leave 63,000 Govt docs vulnerable?
The Ministry of Justice is alleged to have suffered a serious website security flaw last week, with up to 63,000 documents potentially publicly accessed.
Telecom job cuts takes a turn for the worst
The Labour Party claims the telco will cut up to 1500 jobs later this month.
I see your malware, and I raise you a cyber attack
Malware this, cyber attack that, just another normal day in New Zealand's ICT industry according to the Labour Party.
Great job team, now you're fired
Telecom issues bleak warning to workers, promising to cut jobs "well into the hundreds" despite posting decent financial results.
New cable blows govt arguments away - Labour
The new undersea cable between Auckland and Sydney proves that a second cable is necessary to increase competition.
Where is our digital ambition?
Labour ask why the government isn't defining intellectual property as an integral part of our economy?
Young learners losing out
Some of our youngest learners are losing out thanks to the government’s lack of progress in closing the digital divide.
Has Adams put Chorus before consumers?
Labour criticises Minister of Communications for refusing to pass wholesale costs onto Kiwi households.
Key’s Commerce Commission threat cheats Kiwis
Is John Key determined to ensure New Zealand broadband households’ bills are $12 higher a month?
Labour backs telco data roaming rates
Horrendous data-roaming costs to Kiwis travelling overseas just got a lot more affordable according to Labour.
Chorus comfy but consumers lose out
Kiwi customers coming off second best following Commerce Commission decision.
Bill establishes Special Inquiry into data breaches
Electronic Data Safety Bill will establish a Special Commission of Inquiry into the spate of disastrous data breaches across government.
Southern Cross Network denies Labour claims
Company denies "misleading and inaccurate media release", insisting no ‘catastrophic failure’ occurred on the Southern Cross Cable.
Govt has fingers in its ears on international fibre connections
Labour challenges Government to open its ears to the concerns NZ’s business community has regarding internet capacity and the need for a second fibre cable.
Chorus deal doesn’t go far enough
Labour slams new UFB connection deal, saying the expiry date of 2015 is too early for Kiwis.
Should ComCom have more teeth?
Labour says consumers could be the big losers after the Commerce Commission rubber-stamped Vodafone’s purchase of TelstraClear.
Amy Adams to address NetHui South delegates
InternetNZ has revealed Amy Adams will deliver a ministerial keynote at the upcoming Net Hui South event in Otago.
Labour criticises Kordia outsourcing
Another 50 Kiwis will join the ever-lengthening dole queue as Kordia outsources its Auckland call centre.
Dotcom cock-ups watched closely in USA
Government handling of the Megaupload case is under close U.S. scrutiny and what they see isn’t pretty according to the Labour Party.
Labour tables alternative patent clause
Opposition Party demands change over current Patents Bill which is "effectively stifling New Zealand's important software sector."
Telco sector must learn lessons
Labour believes Vodafone New Zealand's $960,000 fine should deter other companies from breaching rules.
Government considers e-democracy
Investigations underway into the possibility of an 'e-democracy' offering online public consultation with government.
Labour accuse ministers of ‘stifling software sector’
Last minute amendment in software computer patents is damaging to Kiwi software firms according to Labour.
Labour questions UFB prospects after Pacific Fibre closure
The Labour party has questioned the likelihood of ultrafast broadband delivering new services and opportunities to New Zealand in the near future following news of Pacific Fibre’s shutdown.
Too soon for copyright infringement fee review
Labour ICT spokesperson Clare Curran agrees with a panel of ISP legal reps that there's not enough information to say how the charge is working.
PM ignored Huawei concerns: Labour
John Key needs an 'elegant solution' to counter his opponents' jibes - and he needs it now.
Labour probes govt over Huawei in NZ
'Just saying, 'trust us, it'll be okay' isn't good enough.'
Steven Joyce loses ICT portfolio
MP for Selwyn Amy Adams tasked with managing New Zealand's information technology future.
InternetNZ - Driven to distraction
With the election looming, lobby group InternetNZ has swung into political mode.
Fibre Watch: Driven to distraction
InternetNZ's attempt to put the country's digital future on the political agenda could be overshadowed by the recent chain of disasters, not to mention the RWC.
Slow, expensive RBI
Darren Younger, CTO, IPscape, describes how VoIP has gone from novelty to enterprise call centre solution.
Labour promises to reform copyright law
If elected, termination clauses will go in 90 days & bill will be updated in 18 months: ICT rep.
Government approves Telecom split
The government has approved Telecom’s separation plan, leaving only one more step in the demerger between the giant telco and its network arm, Chorus.
Fibre Watch: Cynics & crystal balls
As debate over the tender process continues, there is a bigger question to be asked - should the government have embarked on the UFB project at all?
Fibre Watch: Playing favourites?
Was Telecom's $929 million UFB contract win a foregone conclusion? Labour says the Government has some explaining to do.
Telecom under attack from Labour
ICT spokesperson assaults telco for UFB bid, monopolistic practices.
InternetNZ backs Barcamp 'Unconference'
Developers rejoice! The fifth Barcamp now has a platinum sponsor.
Labour still angry at UFB bill
Telecom has 'free pass to overcharge.'
National passes UFB law
Telecom/Chorus split not enough for Labour.
Fibre Watch: Forbearance or for worse
The Government's regulatory holiday flip-flop highlights - once again - how farcical the whole UFB process has become.
Fibre Watch: The $600m holiday
As the UFB lawmaking process grinds towards a conclusion, the politicians slug it out over the cost of a decent regulatory holiday.
TUANZ announces leadership panel line-up
TUANZ announces the leadership panel line-up for its Telecommunications Day event
Fibre Watch: Hard Labour
Why isn't the opposition doing a better job attacking the Government's clumsy handling of its broadband initiatives?
Credibility of ComCom in question - 2degrees
2degrees claims the credibility of the Commerce Commission has been drawn into question following its recommendation that mobile termination rates not be regulated.
Joyce denies 'media beat up' comment
The ICT Minister has distanced himself from a statement made
by his office implying news articles about possible Telecom job losses and the
XT network outages are a media beat-up.
Joyce evasive on Telecom separation – Labour
Labour spokesperson for telecommunications Clare Curran claims that ICT Minister Steven Joyce is being deliberately evasive on the government's view about whether Telecom should structurally separate.
Separation on the agenda - Labour
Opposition communications spokesperson Clare Curran claims in the