15 April 2011
Your weekly dose of ICT news and views
- Paul Matthews: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly: Imagining and Law
- Juha Saarinen: Do you copy?
- Brett Roberts: Imagine the Buzz
- Martin Bulmer: In Depth: Taking the brakes off Service Design
- ICT around town: All the latest ICT-related events in your area
Newsline edited by Juha Saarinen
This Week at NZCS
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly: Imagining and Law
by Paul Matthews, NZCS CEO
It's been a typically fascinating week in ICT with a screed of things happening across the sector - from inspirational student technology through to hugely disappointing actions around Copyright law.
Let's start with the good: imagine a Malaria-free world through technology. We may be a step closer thanks to some kiwis daring to imagine what technology could do to change the world. Then we'll move on to the Bad and Ugly of what's been going on in Parliament this week and the resultant encore re-emergence of the #blackout campaign.
Other news from NZCS
Do you copy?
by Juha Saarinen, NZCS Newsline Editor
This week finished on a very disappointing note, with Parliament passing that hugely unpopular copyright law, albeit in a watered-down form. Even so, the new law is probably bad as the previous attempt with S92A and C, Copyright Tribunal notwithstanding.
I say probably as it hasn't been tested yet, but I can't see that a law that demonises file sharing and which presumes guilt upon accusation will do New Zealanders and the country's economy one iota of good.
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Imagine the Buzz
by Brett Roberts, NZCS Auckland Branch Chair
NZCS Auckland Branch Chair Brett Roberts was Mentor to Team OneBuzz, winners of the New Zealand Imagine Cup. In this piece Brett outlines the winning project and what was involved in putting it together.
"Tuesday night made me incredibly pleased and proud. I attended the finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup at the University of Auckland. I was there in my role as mentor to one of the teams Team OneBuzz and they won the main prize." ...
In Depth: Taking the brakes off Service Design
by Martin Bulmer, Optimal Usability
We've been getting pretty excited about the emerging field of Service Design. As outlined in a presentation from Optimal Usability's Trent Mankelow recently, Service Design is about building services that customers love that wrap around them and fulfil their needs equally well regardless of the way the customer chooses to interact.
Well-designed services don't often happen by accident, they are crafted to meet or exceed the needs of customers.
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