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PPNZ responds to the GCSB legislation

The current government's disrespect of due process and the rights of personal privacy under the new GCSB legislation are an affront to basic human rights. With the incumbent government pushing this law through under urgency, and thus circumventing the democratic process while playing fast and loose with the personal freedoms of individual citizens, how can we trust the individuals we invested as public officials to carry out policy in our interests with any real confidence? The Pirate Party of...
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First they came, on the internet.

First they came for the protestors, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a protestor.

Then they came for the pirates,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a pirate.
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WINZ exposures, e-government and why ICT is not an afterthought.

Recently it was found that WINZ had a massive security breach.  I say breach, I mean that there was no security at all.  While some features on the desktop had been shut down, like desktops used by schools and public libraries, there was no hardening of the network.  Actually, there was no security at all.  The blogger who discovered this, Keith Ng, managed to get the files by browsing the local network neighbourhood in the open file dialogue of MS Word.  It's worth pointing out the MSD WAN (not...
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A Patent Patient

Rather than reporting on the news, or discussing topical affairs, I’d like to tell you a personal story. The thesis will be, of course, that patents are painful in the long run. But I will not present real data. I will instead discuss a personal tale of how they have done a disservice. It might be an appeal to emotion, and a straw man, and a personal bias, so I’m just gonna get those out of the way. This is an entirely personal experience. By way of introduction, I have facioscapulahumeral m...
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An Open Letter to The Ministry of Economic Development on Software Patents

  An Open Letter to Warren Hassett, MED Senior Policy Analyst. It has come to my attention that on June the 8th 2012, you were in a meeting with Rory McLeod and Silke Radde of the MED, Dougal Watt and Julie Motley of IBM, Waldo Kuipers of Microsoft, Brett O’Riley of NZICT, and Peter Wren-Hilton of Pingar regarding the legislation of software patents in New Zealand. As the Director General of a fledgling software company, this prospect worries me.  It's well known that patents are use...
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TPP: Why so Seekrit?

I woke up way to early this morning.  Normally 7:30 is the earliest time I entertain waking up, but I had to be at the University of Auckland's commerce school at 7:30 for breakfast.  I didn't realise breakfast was included so I had some myself beforehand, silly me, the Excel Cafe does a mean Eggs Bene.  The reason I was bothering to get out of bed was a talk by the New Zealand Information Security Forum.  It's a small forum, but the members are pretty serious individuals, Judges, Law Profs, Tec...
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