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Cloud
Privacy Act to roll out in December as Kiwis support stronger privacy laws
Of 1398 polled New Zealanders, 65% are in favour of strong privacy regulation, 29% are happy with the same level of regulation, and 6% prefer less legislation.
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Cloud
Microsoft to launch data centre region in New Zealand
Microsoft is calling the announcement a ‘major milestone’ towards delivering enterprise-grade cloud services locally.
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Cloud
Govt adds Unisys cloud framework to Marketplace
Unisys was accepted to join NZ Government’s online market to make it easier for agencies to access CloudForte framework.
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Noel Leeming
Govt widens 'essential products' to include tech goods
New Zealand businesses are now able to sell ‘essential’ non-food consumer products such as computer equipment and mobile phones, while the country remains at Alert Level 4 lockdown.
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NZ Government
Wisk gets govt approval for flying taxi trials in Canterbury
The passenger route is a world’s first and will commence after Cora’s certification by the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority.
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Mobile Mentor
Mobile Mentor secures NZ Govt with TaaS mobile security certification
Mobile Mentor gained the Security Certification for its Mobile Decide Security and Threat Management services in the government’s Telecommunications as a Service (TaaS) programme.
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5G
Govt opens up short-term access to 5G spectrum
The government has announced plans to auction off early access to the country’s 5G spectrum by auctioning off short-term national rights to an unused part of the 3.5GHz spectrum band.
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Internet of Things
Growing cities need smart tech investment to meet goals
The NZ IoT Alliance chair says that as cities grow up and out, it’s time to invest in smart city tech to keep them functioning.
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Jobs
Forget disruption, you should be worrying about our lack of tech
According to the new report, ‘New Zealand, technology and productivity’, it isn’t that New Zealand has too much technology it’s that we don’t have enough.
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Ministry of Education
Ministry of Education says curriculum won't widen digital divide
The Ministry of Education has come out fighting against criticism that technology in schools may lead to some children from lower socio-economic areas missing out.
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Cloud
Cryptocurrency conundrum: Reserve Bank & IR fumble in the dark
Whether it's cryptocurrency salaries or a central digital currency, no agency is quite sure how to tackle this upcoming payment trend.
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Privacy
Passports, licenses of 300 leaked in Ministry for Culture and Heritage data breach
The documents leaked included 228 passports, 55 driver licenses, and 36 birth certificates – making the victims vulnerable to identity theft by cyber-criminals.
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Gaming
Govt support could turn NZ's game industry into billion-dollar boom
Grinding Gear Games’ hugely successful RPG Path of Exile has showcased the local gaming industry – last year Tencent purchased Grinding Gear Games for more than $100 million.
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Intellectual property
IPONZ launches online trade mark checker
The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) has now made it easier for people to check whether or not a word, image, or logo has been trade marked in New Zealand.
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UAV
Govt gets serious about drone regulation in NZ
New Zealand could be leading the world in the development of drone technologies, but we need to work out how to make those technologies safe first.
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Cloud portal
Govt announces Business Connect platform for SMBs
The $7.1 million platform will be called Business Connect, with the aim of integrating multiple services throughout one digital platform.
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Cloud
Why the state sector overhaul is a huge opportunity – Accenture
The Government’s proposal to unify the entire state sector could deliver enormous economic and social benefits.
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NZ Government
Govt invests $8m into refreshed Cyber Security Strategy
The Government has refreshed its approach to New Zealand’s cybersecurity, with more focus on partnerships, funding, and international participation.
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Cloud
Microsoft showcase highlights NZ's critical challenges
Microsoft presented its first ever parliamentary Showcase to New Zealand government ministers and MPs last week, as it showcased just how innovative New Zealanders can be.
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Cloud
Blockchain could inject growth into the NZ economy
“We appeal to the government and Kiwi corporations to see blockchain as the next completely neutral public digital infrastructure."
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Analytics
New Zealand Govt announces cloud framework agreement with SAP
"Data-driven solutions are the most powerful way to solve some of society’s most pressing problems."
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Gaming
Govt & Canterbury Uni pour $7m into gaming research
The funding will be used to boost the University of Canterbury’s Applied Immersive Gaming Initiative, which will research and accelerate public use of immersing gaming applications.
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Cloud
Microsoft offers Government free digital skills training
Upwards of 60 workshops will be offered, aimed at giving staff a vital grounding in cloud technologies, artificial intelligence and other skills.
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NZ Government
Privacy Bill may limit breach fines to $10,000
The Privacy Commissioner was seeking maximum breach fines of up to $1 million against body corporates.