Stories by Sarah Putt

Trade Me and Real Me awarded Privacy Trust Mark

The Privacy Commission has launched the Privacy Trust Mark awards to recognise excellence in privacy-friendly products or services. The first two recipients are TradeMe and Real Me service from the Department of Internal Affairs, it was announced at the Privacy Forum in Wellington yesterday.

NZ govt tackles the rise of algorithms

Can you enforce transparency when applying algorithms? Should a human be in the loop in AI systems? How do you construct an ethical framework before you apply predictive modelling to welfare services?

First tower completed by rural venture in Haast

The Rural Connectivity Group (RCG) has completed its first tower as part of the next phase of the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI2) and the Mobile Black Spots Fund Programme (MBSF), in Haast in the West Coast.

Wins and losses in proposed changes to telco bill

Chorus scored an early resolution on removing copper lines but failed in its bid to move up the value chain, in a report by the parliamentary committee reviewing the Telecommunications (New Regulatory Framework) Amendment Bill.

New Zealand unprepared for AI

It could increase GDP by up to NZ$54 billion by 2035, but a report on the state of Artificial Intelligence in New Zealand, shows that this country is generally unprepared for this disruptive technology.

NZ moves to cement ties with SKA

New Zealand is looking to become an associate member of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) to ensure that its scientists remain involved in the global project to build the world’s largest radio telescope.

$12m for regulator, $1m for consumers - ComCom

Three years and $12 million is what the Commerce Commission thinks it will take to fund its work on developing a new regulatory regime for fibre networks. In addition, it suggests the telco sector might stump up another $1 million to support consumer representative groups.

NZ tech and telco sectors in the spotlight

The local technology scene does not want for scrutiny, with the Government’s Digital Advisory Group now at its full complement, and the Commerce Commission launching a new study into fibre services.

Tech body flags concerns on proposed changes to Patents Act

​A private members bill introduced by National Party spokesperson for Science and Innovation Parmjeet Parmar, which proposes a second-tier patent system, has raised fears that the issue of ‘software patents’ is back on the agenda.

Agresearch seeks input on tech refresh

Agresearch, a Crown Research Institute (CRI) that produces science and technology projects for New Zealand’s agricultural sector, is embarking on an information system refresh.