Growing the Industry: Expanding our definition of diversity

Victoria MacLennan. 08 July 2022, 12:44 am Early in my career I was obsessed with bringing more women into the digital technology industry, a bit of a one trick pony in that regard. Then – like the shutters coming off my eyelids (as a fabulous woman once described it to me) – I started to […]

Another undersea cable to link us to the world

Peter Griffin, Editor. 07 July 2022, 1:03 pm Southern Cross Cables has launched the SX NEXT fibre cable spanning 15,840km and linking Sydney to Los Angeles via Auckland, Fiji, Tokelau and Kiribati. The cable is capable of carrying 72 terabits of data per second, “effectively doubling New Zealand’s direct international connectivity capability to the USA,” […]

Have Chinese citizens been hacked on an epic scale?

Peter Griffin, Editor. 05 July 2022, 10:34 am A 23-terabyte cache of data allegedly containing the details of one billion Chinese citizens has been offered for sale on the dark web. That’s according to Changpeng “CZ” Zhao, the chief executive of cryptocurrency exchange Binance who took to Twitter yesterday to express his alarm at the […]

Monday news in brief (July 4th)

Victoria MacLennan. 04 July 2022, 10:36 pm Can you believe it’s July already! and 5 weeks since Budget 2022 – time is flying by. To be frank the budget was pretty disappointing for our industry and for digital equity in Aotearoa. A small fraction of the Digital Industry Transformation Plan (Digital ITP) was funded ($20M) […]

Griffin on Tech: Game over for developers without tax breaks 

Peter Griffin, Editor. 01 July 2022, 2:30 pm A new 30% tax break for digital games developers takes effect today – across the Tasman. It means that local and international development houses undertaking their development in Australia are suddenly much more competitive than their New Zealand counterparts. If you are a game developer in the […]

Getting more girls into game development

Peter Griffin, Editor. 30 June 2022, 10:00 am Video games are big business for New Zealand with the game development industry worth $276 million last year according to the New Zealand Game Developers Association. However, as with many areas of technology, it struggles with a gender imbalance, with the NZGDA data showing that just 19% […]

NASA enlists NZ help to return humans to the Moon

Peter Griffin, Editor. 28 June 2022, 7:29 am NASA yesterday postponed the launch of its CAPSTONE satellite from Rocket Labs’ launchpad on the Mahia Peninsula. But the US space agency’s collaboration with New Zealand has expanded, with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment signing an agreement enabling NASA to collaborate with University of Canterbury […]

Monday news in brief (June 27th)

Victoria MacLennan. 27 June 2022, 10:28 pm I am off to Ōtepoti Dunedin tomorrow (Tuesday 28th) for the inaugural Data Stewardship conference, hosted by Otago University business school, where I will be speaking on SFIA in a data maturity context – one of my favourite topics data maturity. I’m not especially looking forward to the […]

Griffin on Tech: the Mega pirates fess up

Peter Griffin, Editor. 23 June 2022, 12:32 pm Yesterday will have been a particularly bleak winter day for Kim Dotcom as he wandered the grounds of his mansion outside Glenorchy. In the High Court at Auckland, Bram van der Kolk, 39, and Mathias Ortmann, his former colleagues at file hosting company Megaupload, were pleading guilty […]

Why do we find writing our own CV’s so hard? 5 Tips

Victoria MacLennan. 23 June 2022, 9:53 am Last night I edited a friends CV and found it so easy to do, write about her virtues, her amazing skills, her achievements – yet 6 months ago confronted with writing my own CV when applying for this role I found it incredibly confronting, humbling and an irrational […]