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Snapshot of our internet usage – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on April 14th, 2016.

Online privacy concerns and inequality in internet access are highlighted in the latest New Zealand data from the World Internet Project.  The latest two yearly survey from the Project, released today, quizzed almost 1400 New Zealanders on their online habits and views. The survey is carried out by AUT researchers at the Institute of Culture, […]

Poll highlights NZer’s misconceptions – In the News

John Kerr posted in on December 8th, 2015.

New Zealanders are pretty unaware of the state of their country, according to a new poll that has ranked New Zealand as the worst developed nation in an ‘Index of Ignorance’. The Ipsos MORI Perils of Perception survey highlights how wrong the public across 33 countries are about some key issues and features of the […]

Plug pulled on Pacific Fibre – expert commentary

Peter Griffin posted in on August 1st, 2012.

A group of high-profile New Zealand businessmen today abandoned efforts to build a second major undersea broadband cable linking New Zealand to Australia and the United States, citing problems raising the $400 million required for the project.  While Pacific Fibre had secured contracts to the tune of $200 million to supply international capacity on the cable from customers such […]

Stuff/Manawatu Standard: Kiwi device to make broadband 50 per cent faster

Peter Griffin posted in on August 16th, 2010.

Laura Jackson writes in the Manawatu Standard about a device, developed in Palmerston North, which is apparently able to speed up broadband without the need to install fibre-optic cables. In addition, the device is able to act as a backup electricity system for houses which do have fibre-optic cabling. An excerpt: (read in full here) […]

NZ Herald: Time for debate on how to use fast broadband

Peter Griffin posted in on June 30th, 2010.

Helen Twose writes in the New Zealand Herald about the author of the Digital Britain report, Lord Stephen Carter’s assertion that New Zealand needs to decide how best to use the additional capacity to be provided by the government-backed ultra-fast broadband network currently being planned. The eventual use of a broadband network can affect how […]

PODCAST: UPLoad 2010

Peter Griffin posted in on May 20th, 2010.

On Tuesday night I was able to go and see UPLoad 2010.  Titled ‘The Great Broadband Debate’, it covered (amongst other things) the sitrep for broadband in New Zealand, why we need that second undersea cable, and how our lives might be changed by access to the sorts of broadband available elsewhere in the world. […]

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Newsletter Digest: Undersea cables, climate change fatigue and Science-a-Twitter

Peter Griffin posted in on March 12th, 2010.

Pipe dream or economy booster? The news yesterday that a group of wealthy businessmen including Warehouse founder Stephen Tindall and Trade Me founder Sam Morgan are leading a $900 million bid to build a 13,000km fibre optic cable between Australia, New Zealand and the US has created a lot of buzz. The prospect of an […]

Nelson Mail: Satellite helps cave rescues

Peter Griffin posted in on March 1st, 2010.

The Nelson Mail reports on the successful testing of a new technology to help rescue stranded and lots cavers. The technology, which uses a satellite link to allow broadband internet access in rugged and inaccessible New Zealand terrain, gave rescuers better access to information, and an improved likelihood of finding people who are lost. An […]

NZPA/NZ Herald – Survey questions ultra-fast broadband gains

Peter Griffin posted in on November 3rd, 2009.

A new survey questions whether fast broadband supplies productivity gains over slow broadband, although it’s clear that both provide a productivity leg-up over dial-up. The survey, conducted by Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, found that while there were gains when companies initially adopted broadband, no change ocurred when they switched to fast broadband.  However, […]

NZ Herald: Anthony Doesburg – Idle time put to work, all in the cause of science

Peter Griffin posted in on October 12th, 2009.

Anthony Doesburg of the New Zealand writes in his latest opinion piece about the the internet and some of its more useful uses. While internet scams are one of its more infamous uses, it can also be used, collectively, as the world’s largest and most powerful computer, able to process vast amounts of information and […]

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