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Gordon Campbell on the Judith Collins charm offensive

Tuesday, 30 August 2016, 11:09 am | Gordon Campbell

S uddenly, Judith Collins is everyone’s new best friend. It isn’t an election year, but the Corrections/Police Minister is treating 2016 as an opportunity for a political makeover. The former stern-faced law and order toughie (and dodgy Oravida ... More >>

PM's Press Conference 29/8/16: Crime and Diplomacy

Monday, 29 August 2016, 5:30 pm | Lyndon Hood

PM's Press Conference 29/8/16: Crime and Diplomacy Multimedia & report by Lyndon Hood More >>

Review: Henry Rollins Burning Down the House

Monday, 29 August 2016, 12:44 pm | Howard Davis

With his lantern jaw, close-cropped hair, and muscle-bound physique, Henry Rollins could not be further from the US Marine image his appearance might suggest. With a career spanning several decades and many different incarnations as a musician, ... More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Hillary Clinton’s Extreme End Game

Monday, 29 August 2016, 12:28 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The loathsome two are moving into full view, mustering weapons and taking aim at each other in a US election campaign that continues to be filled with colourful missives. But the one to lose most is Hillary Clinton, whose nasty appropriation of the high ... More >>

The Terrors of Free Speech: Australia’s Discrimination Act

Monday, 29 August 2016, 12:24 pm | Binoy Kampmark

When sections in a piece of legislation assume their own properties, the state of debate is bound to be strained. In Australia, the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA), notably section 18C, has again become a central ball of political play. More >>

Book review: Reimagining Journalism in NZ

Friday, 26 August 2016, 2:23 pm | Jan Rivers

Book review: Don’t dream it’s over: reimagining journalism in a Aotearoa New Zealand. Edited by Emma Johnson, Giovanni Tiso, Sarah Illingworth and Barnaby Bennett. Freerange Press - 365 page More >>

Unwanted Images: The Nauru Incident Reports

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 4:40 pm | Binoy Kampmark

When the first reports came through about the unfolding Holocaust during the Second World War, audiences were incredulous. Surely no industrialised society could quite go so far? Killings, yes; butcheries, certainly. But a mass-scale industrialised ... More >>

Punishing the Messenger: Israel’s War on NGOs

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 4:38 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Punishing the Messenger: Israel’s War on NGOs Takes a Worrying Turn By Ramzy Baroud “You deserve to see your loved ones suffer and die. But, maybe, you would be hurt before them,” was part of a threatening message received by a staff member at ‘Al-Mezan’, ... More >>

Nonviolent Revolt in the Twenty-First Century

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 4:33 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

I sometimes wonder whether one of the ways in which 'Amercian exceptionalism' manifests is that many US scholars and others are unable to consider the contributions of those who are not from the USA. For example, I routinely read about studies of Martin Luther ... More >>

Taking the Long View: Return of the Petrels

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 4:26 pm | Gord Stewart

The email invitation said it will bring a smile to your face and may even be the highlight of your summer. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the end game in Spain

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 11:44 am | Gordon Campbell

O ne of the issues to do with the Fairfax/NZME media merger proposal is the decline in (a) news gathering and in (b) news analysis likely to follow in its wake. That decline is already pretty evident not only in the lack of coverage of the enduring ... More >>

Last Days to Contribute to NZ Open Government Action Plan

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 4:35 pm | Open Source Open Society

New Zealand’s ‘Open Government Partnership’ Action Plan is open for consultation until the end of day on this Friday 26 August. If you care about transparency, accountability participation and better use of technology in the way our government is run then ... More >>

Review: Huawei P9, premium phone at a sharp price

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 2:41 pm | Digitl

Huawei’s latest flagship phone scores on build quality, camera and fingerprint scanner. Huawei P9 : At a glance For: Design, high-quality build, camera, USB-C. Against: Android skin Maybe: Battery life, screen resolution Verdict: A top-notch ... More >>

Skinny Broadband sweetens fixed wireless internet deal

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 2:34 pm | Digitl

Skinny Broadband has dropped the cost of a fixed wireless internet connection. From today it costs 20 percent less. The price is $52 a month for 100GB of data. More >>

More gigacities coming as fibrecos ready October launch

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 2:32 pm | Digitl

Enable Networks, Northpower Fibre and Ultrafast Fibre plan to launch gigabit wholesale broadband services in October. They say they will offer download speeds of 1Gbps with uploads running at 500Mbps. More >>

Review: Dell Inspiron 13 5000

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 2:30 pm | Digitl

Dell sent a sample computer with a non-working trackpad. This meant we couldn’t do a full review. Here’s what we learned about the machine before it went back for repair. At a glance For: Laptop, can work as a tablet. Keyboard. Against: Heavy ... More >>

Through a Glass Darkly: A Poetry Review

Tuesday, 23 August 2016, 5:03 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Through a Glass Darkly: A Poetry Review - I Remember My Name Reviewed by Hatim Kanaaneh ( I Remember My Name – Poetry by Samah Sabawi, Ramzy Baroud and Jehan Bseiso. Vacy Vlazna, ed., 2016, Novum Publishing. Kindle Edition.) In penning this review, the ... More >>

Labouring Hours: Sweden’s Six-Hour Working Day

Tuesday, 23 August 2016, 5:01 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“The establishment of a normal working-day is the result of struggle between capitalist and labour.” Karl Marx, Das Kapital , Ch 10 More >>

Patronage, Journalism and Open Society.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016, 2:33 pm | James Littlewood

A panel discussion this morning shone a very bright light on a very familiar problem: the problem of journalism; knowing what’s going on; keeping the bastards honest. Marianne Ellion (of Action Station) hosted the discussion with Mark Jennings (Mediaworks), ... More >>

Ngatata Love says he didn't know about banking transactions

Tuesday, 23 August 2016, 2:06 pm | BusinessDesk

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Doug Rushkoff on sharing the means of production at OS//OS

Tuesday, 23 August 2016, 12:29 pm | Open Source Open Society

Today’s opening keynote by Douglas Rushkoff wasn’t what I expected. It was better. Main theme: digital platforms can either be corralled into the service of economic monopolists, or recognised as a means of production that can be either shared for ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on special needs education funding changes

Tuesday, 23 August 2016, 11:33 am | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on the funding changes in special needs education, and Uber First published on Werewolf More >>

OSOS Update #4

Monday, 22 August 2016, 10:23 pm | James Littlewood

Somewhere around afternoon tea time I started to get a slightly disembodied feeling. It’s all very well being a conduit between an open source conference and the outside world, but after a while I started feeling like a piece of hardware, welded to my ... More >>

OSOS Update #3: Polarities Cafe

Monday, 22 August 2016, 5:47 pm | James Littlewood

By the way, you can get yet more live blogging from the lovely OSOS crew on scoop over here . More >>

Post Cab Presser: Inquiries And Consciences

Monday, 22 August 2016, 5:46 pm | Robert Kelly

This afternoon the Prime Minister John Key announced that his cabinet had drafted terms of reference for the Havelock North water contamination inquiry. The commissioner of that inquiry has not yet been appointed. Cabinet also decided to allow the Inland ... More >>

OSOS Update #2 Monday 12.45

Monday, 22 August 2016, 2:26 pm | James Littlewood

After morning tea, it’s been all about democracy, with Taiwanese heavy hitter Audrey Tang, followed up by a workshop (really, a panel discussion) to warm up the open democracy stream. By the way: democracy is going to be my focus for these updates. ... More >>

Review: A Shakespeare for Brexit times

Monday, 22 August 2016, 1:37 pm | Max Rashbrooke

If Richard II were a person, it’d be an older brother too often upstaged by its showy younger sibling, Richard III. But Sceptre Theatre’s production proves that there’s as much – if not more – matter in the older work. More >>

Review: Steve Abel's Double Salto

Monday, 22 August 2016, 11:23 am | Howard Davis

Steve Abel's first musical venture was a bleak song called 'Hospice for Destitute Lovers,' which he contributed to Florian Habicht's art-noir feature film 'Woodenhead' in 2003, while his debut album had the equally inauspicious title 'Little Death.' ... More >>

OSOS Update #1: 10.30 am.

Monday, 22 August 2016, 11:15 am | James Littlewood

It’s a small but friendly crowd here at OSOS. First, the housekeeping. If you’re not here, you can check it all out on the livestream . And, to be robust about it, here’s the URL: More >>

Gordon Campbell on the waning fever for the Olympics

Monday, 22 August 2016, 10:25 am | Gordon Campbell

A ccording to the spin merchants and others with an interest in whipping up an audience, these have been our most successful Olympics ever. Huzzah! Yet given that the public spent more money (circa $215 million since the London Olympics) to send our biggest ... More >>

NZ Fire Service, Motorola, Spark team to develop firefighter

Friday, 19 August 2016, 5:35 pm | Digitl

Motorola Solutions and the New Zealand Fire Service have developed a new two-way radio for fire fighters. More >>

ComCom investigates backhaul competition

Friday, 19 August 2016, 5:33 pm | Digitl

In one sense the Commerce Commission’s move to investigate backhaul comes at a time when the sector has never been more competitive. Yet that’s not how everyone see things. There are issues that may need resolving by a regulator. More >>

NZ phone market 2016Q2 — Apple stumbles, Huawei leaps

Friday, 19 August 2016, 5:29 pm | Digitl

Four brands dominate 2016 phone sales in New Zealand. Chayse Gorton, IDC associate market analyst, says Samsung, Apple, Vodafone and Huawei make up 87 percent of the market. That's almost nine out of every ten phones sold here. More >>

Why consumer PC sales will never rebound

Friday, 19 August 2016, 5:26 pm | Digitl

Personal computer sales peaked in 2011. In that year businesses and consumers bought around 360 million personal computers. IDC puts the number at 352 million. Gartner says it was 365 million. Consumer PC sales were about half the total. More >>

Hybrid sales still need kickstart

Friday, 19 August 2016, 5:24 pm | Digitl

It is a stripped-down computer with a touch-screen, sound and wireless connections. But there is no keyboard. It does many, but not all, the things laptops do. More >>

Trustpower misleads with untrusty broadband ads

Friday, 19 August 2016, 5:23 pm | Digitl

Trustpower's $49 unlimited broadband offer always looked too good to be true. It turns out, it was too good to be true. At BusinessDesk Paul McBeth reports Trustpower to plead guilty over misleading broadband offer. More >>

The Sri Lankan Abyss: Australia’s Crushing Defeat

Friday, 19 August 2016, 4:48 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Everything that seemed to unravel in a side that had enjoyed top ranking status before coming to Sri Lanka did on this most abysmal of tours. But any cricket commentary directed against Australia’s performances should also account for what was a memorably ... More >>

War to ‘Stop’ War: Libya’s ‘Operation Odyssey Lightning’

Friday, 19 August 2016, 4:33 pm | Ramzy Baroud

War to ‘Stop’ War: Libya’s ‘Operation Odyssey Lightning’ The Obama Doctrine is Ravaging the Middle East By Ramzy Baroud Everyone seems to have a theory on how to obliterate ISIS, or ‘Daesh’. However, two points are rarely raised: one, concerning ... More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Mystery of Vulnerable Children

Friday, 19 August 2016, 3:50 pm | Martin Doyle

The strange aspect of the announcement of a new super Ministry of Vulnerable Children is not that it's in any way wrong [it's in fact necessary]. The fundamental flaw lies in our society's inability to diagnose WHY we produce damaged offspring on an ... More >>

The Hypocrisies of Commemoration: Dispute at Long Tan

Friday, 19 August 2016, 3:45 pm | Binoy Kampmark

One of the stranger sights in international relations is that of a defeated State seeking to commemorate its fallen in a country whose affairs it sought to disrupt. Australia is particularly adept at this, having obtained near exclusive entitlements ... More >>

Mass Surveillance and Internet Democracy

Friday, 19 August 2016, 3:07 pm | Open Source Open Society

Last night’s ‘Waatea 5th Estate’ with Bomber Bradbury featured three Open Source Open Society speakers on a panel discussing Mass Surveillance and Internet Democracy. More >>

How democratic are our local body elections, really?

Friday, 19 August 2016, 12:22 pm | Massey University

Here we go again - our triennial festival of local body elections has finally kicked off with the close of nominations. Already some key questions leap out, questions that should raise an eyebrow at what we call our democratic process. More >>

Gordon Campbell on China steel dumping, and the 60s revival

Friday, 19 August 2016, 10:54 am | Gordon Campbell

G uess who isn’t taking any visible action to ensure New Zealand isn’t damaged by China dumping its state-subsidized steel glut cheaply here? Here’s what the European Union has put in place : More >>

10 things you won’t want to miss at OS//OS 2016.

Thursday, 18 August 2016, 4:15 pm | Open Source Open Society

The OS//OS 2016 conference kicks off next Monday 23rd August in Wellington. Tickets moving quick 1) Hear how world leading technologists are using open source technology to transform US government ... More >>

Tech Expert In NZ To Speak On Potential Of Internet

Thursday, 18 August 2016, 2:41 pm | Open Source Open Society

The open nature of technology creates great possibilities to positively influence the values of our society and institutions and it should be doing more than making a few people rich; says coder and activist Evan Henshaw-Plath. More >>

Review: Phat Slabs & Funky Chunks - Fly My Pretties

Thursday, 18 August 2016, 1:35 pm | Howard Davis

Fly My Pretties is a collaboration of contemporary Aotearoa musicians who assemble periodically to record live albums in various locations, their diverse musical backgrounds consistently supplying an eclectic and unique blend of song stylings. The brainchild ... More >>

Villagers Work to Restore Cultural Heritage

Wednesday, 17 August 2016, 5:27 pm | Franklin Lamb

As our cultural heritage in Syria hemorrhages, villagers work to restore it Franklin Lamb Qalamoun Mountains, Syria Reports continue nearly daily of yet more damage to our archeological treasures Syria. A few examples include the recent ISIS destruction ... More >>

Fingers on the Button: “First Use” and US Nuclear Weapons

Wednesday, 17 August 2016, 5:15 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Do you wait till the prospect of obliteration is upon you? Or initiate, blithely, a nuclear holocaust upon your enemy as a matter of what is termed “first use” by the nuclear weapon high priests? Neither prospect is particularly attractive, ... More >>

US Government Reshapes Core Services Through Open Source

Wednesday, 17 August 2016, 2:17 pm | Open Source Open Society

Yesterday Kathryn Ryan interviewed Eric Hysen, the head of U.S. Digital Service at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about his organisation's efforts to streamline and improve government IT projects. Hysen, formerly a Silicon Valley tech guru at ... More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Trump nails Gold

Wednesday, 17 August 2016, 2:03 pm | Martin Doyle

Donald Trump is like the proverbial 'cross-eyed discus thrower' - he doesn't break any records but he sure keeps the crowd on its toes. His only weakness is he's managed to alienate just about the whole electorate. More >>

Gordon Campbell on Havelock North’s water issues

Wednesday, 17 August 2016, 11:37 am | Gordon Campbell

Having belatedly advised the people of Havelock North about the pollution of their water supply, the local authorities seem to be prematurely claiming to see light at the end of the tunnel . More >>

Open Source//Open Society Conference Live Blog

Tuesday, 16 August 2016, 5:43 pm | Open Source Open Society

Scoop will be hosting a live blog summarising the key points of this exciting conference right here on 22/23 August. We will also be streaming pre-conference coverage over the next week so bookmark this page now! More >>

Triggers, Morals and Drones in the Sky

Tuesday, 16 August 2016, 4:03 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Never tell a soldier that he does not know the cost of war.” Lt. Gen. Frank Benson (Alan Rickman), Eye in the Sky (2015) More >>

Donald Trump and the ISIS Factor

Tuesday, 16 August 2016, 3:58 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Ever straddling that fine line between the absurd and the puncturing revelation, Donald J. Trump’s “ISIS” remarks about the Obama administration and the Democrat presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, were vintage. “[Obama] was the founder of ... More >>

Renewable Energy Will Supplant Fossil Fuels

Tuesday, 16 August 2016, 9:44 am | Pacific Wind

Countries and companies are increasingly turning to wind and solar projects because it makes sense for their bottom lines according to wind generation program manager Reza Sehdehi. More >>

The Earthworm Gathering Part Two – A Personal Coat Of Arms

Tuesday, 16 August 2016, 1:12 am | Alastair Thompson

In part two of this series Alastair writes about the first full day of the Earthworm Gathering, during which he and his fellow diggers learned about the art of duck divination and created a personal coat of arms. More >>

Post Cab Presser: Intelligence, Security and Hastings

Monday, 15 August 2016, 5:43 pm | The Scoop Team

Today the Prime Minister John Key and the Attorney General Chris Finlayson announced the introduction of a new bill to Parliament today. The New Zealand Intelligence and Security Bill 2016 has been introduced and will have its first reading this Thursday. ... More >>

Main data theft threat is inside, overlooked

Monday, 15 August 2016, 12:05 pm | Digitl

Despite companies spending billions to protect systems from external threats, data theft continues to climb. More >>

New Zealand looks overseas for tech skills

Monday, 15 August 2016, 12:00 pm | Digitl

Overseas readers wanted to know how New Zealand is filling its tech industry vacancies. Here is my story published earlier this year in London-based Computer Weekly.  More >>

Datacom surges to a billion

Monday, 15 August 2016, 11:54 am | Digitl

The Wellington-based technology company reported 13 percent revenue growth to a shade over NZ$1 billion. It is the first New Zealand technology company to pass the billion dollar milestone. More >>


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