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NZCS Newsline
6 May 2011

Your weekly dose of ICT news and views

This week:

  • Paul Matthews: Overseas influence in NZ Copyright law
  • Juha Saarinen: Mates' termination rates
  • Marie Shroff: Where in the world is our information?
  • Philip Charles: Flogging the Penguin
  • ICT around town: All the latest ICT-related events in your area

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This Week at NZCS

Paul Matthews

Overseas influence in NZ Copyright law
by Paul Matthews, NZCS Chief Executive

One of the big stories last year was Wikileaks and their release of leaked US Government diplomatic cables. These reveal some very interesting insights into the way the political and diplomatic worlds work on an international level.
While the level of press attention has dropped, Wikileaks continues to drip-feed these cables. Last week, some interesting issues were uncovered that start to paint a greater picture around the sort of high level pressure being applied by foreign Governments pushing for revised copyright laws in New Zealand.

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Juha Saarinen

Mates' termination rates
by Juha Saarinen, NZCS Newsline Editor

Finally, after years' of going back and forth, the Commerce Commission decided to regulate and chop mobile termination rates. That's one topic I've been keeping an eye on somewhat reluctantly not only because it's complicated like all regulatory affairs but also due to the huge amount of spin and half-truths.
It's not that easy to make sense of something that the Commerce Commission calls "wholesale rates" and which it believes pushes up retail charges unduly, but which the telcos deny have anything to do with wholesaling or retailing.

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Marie Shroff

Where in the world is our information?
by Marie Shroff, Privacy Commissioner

Do you know where the information held on you is at the moment? If you think it's in New Zealand, don't be so sure: a recent survey about the various ways our information ends up overseas has revealed that personal data held by government agencies and businesses often finds its way off-shore without people knowing.
It isn't surprising that information so frequently ends up overseas and it isn't necessarily a problem. We're a member of a global community. As individuals, we send our own information offshore all the time - for example when we shop online, use smart phones or participate in social media.

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Philip Charles

Flogging the Penguin
by Philip Charles, Copyleft

Let's get straight to the point: GNU/Linux is probably more popular than ever in its existence, but if people think that they are going to make any money selling GNU/Linux installation media they will be disappointed.
This is mainly because the local demand for installation discs though commercial channels is small. In my experience the main ways people acquire Linux is by download or from an acquaintance, but it is impossible to gather reliable statistics about this informal distribution network.

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