Sarah Putt

New Zealand Editor

Sarah Putt is the New Zealand editor for CIO and Computerworld.

Trade Me and Real Me awarded Privacy Trust Mark

The Privacy Commission has launched the Privacy Trust Mark awards to recognise excellence in privacy-friendly products or services. The first two recipients are TradeMe and Real Me service from the Department of Internal Affairs, it...

NZ govt tackles the rise of algorithms

Can you enforce transparency when applying algorithms? Should a human be in the loop in AI systems? How do you construct an ethical framework before you apply predictive modelling to welfare services?

Wins and losses in proposed changes to telco bill

Chorus scored an early resolution on removing copper lines but failed in its bid to move up the value chain, in a report by the parliamentary committee reviewing the Telecommunications (New Regulatory Framework) Amendment Bill.

New Zealand unprepared for AI

It could increase GDP by up to NZ$54 billion by 2035, but a report on the state of Artificial Intelligence in New Zealand, shows that this country is generally unprepared for this disruptive technology.

Tech body flags concerns on proposed changes to Patents Act

A private members bill introduced by National Party spokesperson for Science and Innovation Parmjeet Parmar, which proposes a second-tier patent system, has raised fears that the issue of ‘software patents’ is back on the agenda.

Agresearch seeks input on tech refresh

Agresearch, a Crown Research Institute (CRI) that produces science and technology projects for New Zealand’s agricultural sector, is embarking on an information system refresh.

NZ tops in Agtech and Health start-ups

New Zealand is leading the way in Agtech and Health start-ups, according to the Genome Startup Ecosystem report 2018, which has based its findings on data sourced from a survey of more than 10,000 start-up executives around the world....

NZ broadband market at a juncture

He had only been in the top job a couple of months, but when Spark (then Telecom) CEO Simon Moutter declared that unlimited broadband was a crazy idea he, along with most of the industry, was still operating in a pre-fibre world.

ComCom’s top picks for telco sector

What are the top trends in the telco sector? The Commerce Commission has made a call in its latest monitoring report monitoring released this week, highlighting what it views as the most notable market developments.

NZ IoT Alliance seeks arable farming solutions

A Request For Information (RFI) to take part in a pilot project demonstrating the benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT) when applied to arable farming has been issued by the New Zealand IoT Alliance

NZ IoT community showcases agritech solutions

Better use of the Internet of Things by dairy farmers could potentially generate $448 million net economic benefit for New Zealand. That’s according to Lauren Salisbury, from Momenta Partners, a company that is investing in early...

Tech sector supports NZ schools digital comp

A national technology competition for all school students has been launched today to support the introduction of the Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum over the next two years.

Rural providers shaking up telco scene

As telecommunications enters the next phase in its evolution – the advent of 5G, the Telecommunications (New Regulatory Framework) Amendment Bill before parliament – a new voice in emerging on the New Zealand scene.

Govt paper advocates ambitious spectrum plan

A Government paper discussing spectrum for 5G, the next generation of cellular technology, suggests the process to parcel out the rights could begin in the next 12-18 months.

Top five telco issues that need sorting

Despite two major upheavals in five years - local loop unbunding and operational separation in 2007, and then Ultra Fast Broadband and structural separation in 2011 -- telecommunications continues to be a topsy turvy industry in New...

Bootcamp approach won't create IT professionals: IITP

Would developer bootcamps - up to three months of intensive training in software programming - work in New Zealand? Yesterday Computerworld featured the views of Xero, Orion Health and Catalyst IT. Today we present the views of Tim...

Mobile payment security under scrutiny

Near Field Communications (NFC) enables the transfer of information stored on a customer's credit card or phone to a retailer's Eftpos terminal.

Govt asked to review mobile wholesale services

The Telecommunications Users Association has today questioned why none of the mobile operators offer pre-pay Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) services.

Move to create chartered IT professionals

Project failures such as Novopay teachers' payroll system and the Work and Income kiosk security breach have increased the need for more accountability in the IT profession.

Telcos announce investment in trans-Tasman cable

A new submarine cable project that will link New Zealand and Australia at a cost of around US $60 million ($71 million) has been announced by Telecom, Vodafone and Telstra.

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