25 March 2011
Your weekly dose of ICT news and views
Branch AGM season plus more on Christchurch
by Paul Matthews, NZCS Chief Executive
I've been travelling in Dunedin and Christchurch most of this week. It was great to see so many of our members at the Branch AGMs, plus those I caught up with separately.
A big "congrats!!" out to our two newest Branch Chairs being Jade Corp's CIO John Ascroft, now chairman of the Canterbury Branch Committee, and Logic Studio Managing Director Ian Simpson, now chairman of the Otago/Southland Branch. Excellent stuff!
Taku Waimarie Hoki!
by Juha Saarinen, NZCS Newsline Editor
We talk a great deal of how being Internetworked and constantly connected changes us as human beings; and it's true, we are being transmogrified as we outsource our collective cognitive capacity, culture and social interactions to a server farm at the other end of an IP connection.
However, there's also a great deal of machine-to-machine communication over our networks and machine-to-human too.
Cloud computing industry must take privacy seriously
by Benjamin Winslade, Senior solicitor, Duncan Cotterill
In a presentation to the New Zealand Computer Society in Wellington earlier this week, Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff warned the IT industry that it needs to take privacy seriously.
She emphasised a number of the privacy concerns arising out of cloud computing and challenged the industry to take greater action on privacy of its own accord, otherwise the public would demand greater regulation.
Mandated DNS content blocking an incredibly dangerous idea
by Paul Vixie, Chairman and Chief Scientist, Internet Systems Consortium
COICA (Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act) is a legislative bill introduced in the United States Senate during 2010 that has been the topic of considerable debate.
After my name was mentioned during some testimony before a Senate committee last year I dug into the details and I am alarmed. I wrote recently about interactions between DNS blocking and Secure DNS and in this article I will expand on the reasons why COICA as proposed last year should not be pursued further in any similar form.
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