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Gordon Campbell on the GCSB’s security hang-up with Russia

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:58:12 +1200 | Gordon Campbell

So our GCSB has chimed in, alongside its British, Australian and US allies, with warnings about a “fresh wave” of Russian cyber attacks, although the warning has been curiously framed : More >>

Science Deadline: This week in Sci-tech

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 16:22:07 +1200 | Science Media Centre

In this issue: No new oil permits, marine heatwaves heating up, and when did sweet potatoes spread? More >>

Should Govt agencies adopt Facebook’s business tool?

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 15:55:54 +1200 | RNZ

A cyber-security expert is sounding a warning about government organisations use of a Facebook business tool, 'Workplace by Facebook'. More >>

Minister puts controversial profiling programme on hold

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 13:19:45 +1200 | RNZ

Immigration New Zealand had been running a pilot data modelling programme in the past 18 months, targeting overstayers by using data such as age and gender to identify troublemakers.More >>

Facebook reveals NZers data accessed by Cambridge Analytica

Mon, 9 Apr 2018 10:24:40 +1200 | RNZ

Nearly 64,000 New Zealanders are estimated to have had their data collected and used by Cambridge Analytica, Facebook says. More >>

Gordon Campbell on racial profiling at Immigration NZ

Fri, 6 Apr 2018 11:33:59 +1200 | Gordon Campbell

So Immigration New Zealand has been using racial profiling to guide its decisions on which kinds of immigrants it should deport. More >>

Confirmation overstayers deported using profiling programme

Fri, 6 Apr 2018 10:29:37 +1200 | RNZ

A profiling programme labelled racist by critics has already been used to deport overstayers deemed to be "high priority", Immigration New Zealand has confirmed. More >>

INZ using data system to predict likely troublemakers

Thu, 5 Apr 2018 15:12:14 +1200 | RNZ

Overstayers could be on a fast track to deportation if they belong to a demographic group identified as being a burden on the country. More >>

Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and Surveillance Capitalism

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:07:25 +1300 | Binoy Kampmark

Whether it creeps into politics, marketing, or simple profiling, the nature of surveillance as totality has been affirmed by certain events this decade. The Edward Snowden disclosures of 2013 demonstrated the complicity and collusion between Silicon Valley and the ...More >>

Your vote - caught in the web

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:56:13 +1300 | RNZ

As fears grow overseas over the way practitioners of political dark arts are embracing advanced digital technology, Insight looks at how social media, Facebook in particular, will play a greater role in political messaging in this year's election campaign.More >>

Digital Transformation to Contribute US$7 Billion to NZ GDP

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 09:41:40 +1300 | Microsoft New Zealand

• IDC study commissioned by Microsoft predicts that approximately 55% of New Zealand’s GDP will be derived from digital products or services by 2021 More >>

Govt too upbeat about AI - expert

Thu, 8 Mar 2018 15:39:16 +1300 | RNZ

New Zealand needs to have a conversations about the enormous disruption AI will unleash over coming decades, the head of New Zealand's artificial intelligence forum says. More >>

Tauranga Council candidate wants to bring back the Moa.

Thu, 8 Mar 2018 09:44:31 +1300 | David Tank

Mr Tank, 51, has written to the Prime Minister to ask for our Governments support for an innovation prize of $10 million to be offered to anyone who can produce a viable breeding population of Dinornis Robustus, better known as the South Island ...More >>

College of GPs does not endorse euthanasia

Tue, 6 Mar 2018 14:20:10 +1300 | The Royal New Zealand College of GPs

The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners has submitted its response to the Justice Committee of Parliament today (6 March 2018). The submission is clear that the College does not endorse euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide, which ...More >>

Golden Rice Approval For New Zealand - A Big Mistake

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 09:57:18 +1300 | GE Free NZ

The absence of any benefit for New Zealand consumers has been ignored and there is growing international concern about the decision. (1) More >>

UN finds high levels of antibiotic resistance globally

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 15:07:51 +1300 | UN News

29 January 2018 – Antimicrobials have been a driver of unprecedented medical and societal advances, but their overuse has resulted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, with the World Health Organization (WHO) reporting new surveillance data on Monday ...More >>

100s of Japan’s white admiral butterflies released in NZ

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 15:37:38 +1300 | Landcare Research

In the fight against an aggressive vine invading New Zealand, Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research scientists are sending an army of caterpillars to the battlefield. More >>

When is our Internet use a problem instead of a pleasure?

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 11:44:00 +1300 | Auckland University

We are all dependent on the internet in our daily lives, but do our levels of surfing the net sometimes get too high, to the detriment of our daily lives? University of Auckland PhD candidate Delia Cotoros-Goodall is about to embark on that very question ...More >>

Minister urged to call for a review of the GM rice

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:09:15 +1300 | GE Free New Zealand

GE Free NZ is calling on the Minister for Food Safety, Hon Damien O’Connor, as a member of the Ministerial Council to request that Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) review the draft of their GM rice approval (A1138).More >>

Retina International World Congress comes to New Zealand

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:26:49 +1300 | Retina 2018 New Zealand

Why is marketing approval for the first retinal gene therapy treatment for patients with blinding retinal degenerations so significant? Is there an exciting future for applying stem cell therapy to treating retinal disorders and what are the scientific ...More >>


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