NZCS Newsline: Engagement in schools, smartphone horrors, games R18+ and IT law update

, posted: 20-Feb-2012 15:04

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Ben SmithEngaging tomorrow's IT Professionals in schools
Ben Smith, Projects and Engagement, NZCS

As mentioned in last week's Newsline, 2012 is the year NZCS embarks on a number of new and strengthened initiatives.
One hugely important one is ICT-Connect, where we connect IT professionals like you with schools and young ones considering their future options and helping them to discover what choosing a career in IT looks like.
This is crucial if we, as a sector, are serious about leading New Zealand's future economic growth. But it's also a broad initiative and if we're going to succeed, we need your help.

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Taku Waimarie Hoki!

Juha SaarinenHang up, now.
Juha Saarinen, Newsline Editor

Finally, there is some awareness that entrusting our entire life information to smartphones could be a very bad idea indeed. I've been wondering about this for quite a while now, writing on the topic for the Virus Bulletin and recently, PC World
There's more to the tattle-tale telephone story though. Quite a number of apps literally phone home delivering huge amounts of detailed information to parties known and unknown.

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Jenna PitcherGame over for Australia - and NZ?
Jenna Pitcher, Games and technology journalist

Computer or video games aren't just for kids. That's something the Australian government doesn't get - but the New Zealand one does. Consider this: the global industry organisation for video games, the Entertainment Software Association or ESA reports that the average gamer is 37 years old, and 41-year-olds are the most frequent purchasers of games.
Despite that, Australian gamers are denied some of the newer titles aimed at more mature audiences. The reason for that is Australia's arcane ratings system.

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Buddle Findlay ICT Legal update: Cloud, SOPA, Govt Cloud and more
Buddle Findlay , Lawyers

This month's ICT Legal Update from Buddle Findlay covers an injunction to stop torrenting and distribution of private photos, Australian Cloud guidelines, Implications for NZ in SOPA and PIPA, Government Cloud, AstraZeneca v IBM and risks to the Cloud from the MegaUpload saga.

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