Griffin on Tech: The lesson from Uber’s cut-throat gameplan

Peter Griffin, Editor. 15 July 2022, 12:30 pm Big Tech is leaking like never before. Last year Frances Haugen walked out of Facebook with thousands of internal documents outlining how executives ignored evidence their platforms were causing harm to users. Weeks later she was in front of the US Congress giving testimony to lawmakers who […]

NZ has the upper hand in trans-Tasman broadband comparisons

Peter Griffin, Editor. 14 July 2022, 12:35 pm Kiwis might be flying the coop to Australia seeking better job prospects and lower living costs now that the borders are open again. But if you are looking to run a digital business or just regard good quality internet connectivity as a necessity, you’d be better off […]

The gig economy and digital technology workers

Victoria MacLennan. 14 July 2022, 12:02 am The whole business model is predicated on driving down labour costs, replacing regulated employment practices (governed by employment laws) with unprotected workers – all in the name of making their service cheaper for the customer.  Reading about the Uber Files this week, and learning about their ethically questionable […]

Monday news in brief (11th July)

Victoria MacLennan. 13 July 2022, 12:01 am The interest in lifting the capability of our industry and in career / skills development – through education, the SFIA framework and other programmes – is greater than ever before. Yesterday I met with the CSAC (the Cyber Security Advisory Committee) where we were exploring skills challenges in […]

ITP news in brief (11th July)

Victoria MacLennan. 13 July 2022, 12:01 am The interest in lifting the capability of our industry and in career / skills development – through education, the SFIA framework and other programmes – is greater than ever before. Yesterday I met with the CSAC (the Cyber Security Advisory Committee) where we were exploring skills challenges in […]

The immigration rebalance and what it means for tech workers and employers

Peter Griffin, Editor. 12 July 2022, 3:54 pm Relief is on the horizon for tech firms hit by a talent shortage that is yet to let up despite our borders reopening. The Government has introduced the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV), a new immigration policy for employers looking to employ migrant workers. It includes a […]

Griffin on Tech: Three Waters IT merger an opportunity to pursue ‘Water 4.0’

Peter Griffin, Editor. 08 July 2022, 2:37 pm Whatever you think of the merits of the Three Waters scheme to consolidate the country’s water infrastructure, it’s happening and will be a massive job. The water pipes, pumps and treatment plants used to manage drinking water, wastewater and stormwater and currently owned by 67 council-controlled water […]

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 […]