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Revealed: Supermarkets in NZ using facial recognition tech

Inquiries about a Dunedin man mistakenly identified as a shoplifter at a New World has revealed that New Zealand’s largest supermarket company has rolled out facial recognition CCTV technology in some of its North Island stores. Photo: 123RF The man was allegedly mistakenly identified due to human error, and Foodstuffs NZ claimed facial recognition was […]

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Jim Mather named as incoming RNZ chair

The current head of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Jim Mather, who also led Māori Television for nine years, will replace Richard Griffin as chair of RNZ. Jim Mather. Photo: SUPPLIED Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Clare Curran announced the appointment this afternoon. She said Mr Mather, who is of Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Tūhoe and […]

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Jamie Tuuta announced as new Māori TV chair

Jamie Tuuta has been announced to replace Dame Georgina te Heuheu Māori Television’s board chair. Jamie Tuuta. Photo: RNZ / Robin Martin Minister of Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta said Mr Tuuta brought significant strategic change management and governance skills and a dynamic perspective to the challenges of a changing digital environment. Mr Tuuta is the […]

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PM checking if Russian hacking hit NZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is checking whether New Zealand has been hit by a fresh wave of global cyber attacks, she says. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks at the Chancellery in Berlin at a news conference held with German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday. Photo: AFP / Emmanuele Contini / NurPhoto The United States, Britain and […]

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No need for NZers to delete Facebook – NetSafe

Thousands of New Zealanders’ data was exposed in the Facebook data breach, but while it is a reminder to take privacy seriously there’s no need to quit the platform altogether, NetSafe says. Facebook Photo: 123RF Facebook today revealed it estimated nearly 64,000 New Zealanders were estimated to have had their data collected and used by […]

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Facebook reveals NZers data accessed by Cambridge Analytica

Thousands of New Zealanders’ data was exposed in the Facebook data breach, but while it is a reminder to take privacy seriously there’s not need to quit the platform altogether, NetSafe says. Facebook Photo: 123RF Facebook today revealed it estimated nearly 64,000 New Zealanders are estimated to have had their data collected and used by […]

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Facebook scandal ‘hit 87 million users’

Facebook says it now believes up to 87 million people’s data was improperly shared with the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. Photo: AFP The overall figure had been previously quoted as being 50 million by the whistleblower Christopher Wylie. The details were revealed in a blog by the tech firm’s chief technology officer, Mike Schroepfer. Schroepfer […]

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PM standing by Curran after RNZ committee hearing

The Broadcasting Minister remains safe in her job with the Prime Minister saying there was nothing new out of a specially called select committee hearing about a meeting between Clare Curran and a former RNZ news executive. The Prime Minister has again said that she retains confidence in Clare Curran Photo: RNZ RNZ’s head of […]

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AI poses less risk to jobs than feared – OECD

Fewer people’s jobs are likely to be destroyed by artificial intelligence and robots than has been suggested by a much-cited study, an OECD report says. Lower-skilled jobs involving routine tasks, including cleaners, will be affected by increased automation. Photo: 123RF An influential 2013 forecast by Oxford University said that about 47 percent of jobs in […]

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Online broadcasting ‘wild-west’ could be tamed, says expert

A media law expert has welcomed the possibility that overseas-based online broadcasters may have to comply with New Zealand regulation. Ursula Cheer Photo: RNZ Yesterday Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran told TVNZ’s program Q&A the government may require broadcasters such as Netflix and Facebook to meet New Zealand standards. Currently New Zealand’s broadcasting standards apply to […]