Written By: - Date published: 6:18 pm, May 22nd, 2021 - 91 comments
When democracy and free speech are hijacked to silence others, they can no longer support their principles and become a contradictio in terminis.
Written By: - Date published: 10:47 am, May 21st, 2019 - 62 comments
Social media was responsible for the repeated broadcasting of the claim that Labor in Australia intended to bring in a death tax. What should happen when claims that are clearly wrong are made?
Written By: - Date published: 8:09 am, May 16th, 2019 - 97 comments
Jacinda Ardern has shown true international leadership by achieving considerable international consensus to effecting change in the way that social media operates.
Written By: - Date published: 7:48 am, April 26th, 2019 - 83 comments
Is it possible that the zeitgeist for global social media regulation is peaking at the right time, and the big tech giants will accede?
Written By: - Date published: 12:03 pm, April 21st, 2019 - 134 comments
The internet neatly divides us into separate isolated tribes with polarised views of what are the issues and what is reality. How do we engage in a civilised discussion to educate each other and reach a consensus of what we should be doing?
Written By: - Date published: 7:54 am, March 26th, 2019 - 564 comments
The Free Speech coalition has attacked the Chief Censor’s decision to rule the Christchurch Mosque killer’s manifesto as objectionable as an attack on free speech. But the New Zealand Council for Civil Liberties has characterised the Censor’s decision as being entirely conventional.
Written By: - Date published: 1:15 pm, February 22nd, 2019 - 18 comments
On Wednesday GCSB chief Andrew Hampton told a Select Committee there was absolutely “no pressure” publicly or privately on his decision to block Huawei. On Thursday US Secretary of State Pompeo publicly warned that “United States would not be able to partner with or share information with countries that adopt Huawei Technologies Co Ltd systems.” What a difference a day makes.
Written By: - Date published: 1:47 pm, February 13th, 2019 - 66 comments
Spark wants Huawei’s 5G technology because its the best and the cheapest. The GCSB spooks don’t want us to have it because 5Eyes and because the US has yanked their chain. The Prime Minister says no decision has been made – the media and the world think it is a goneburger. We should support New Zealand’s Spark, not US corporate interests.
Written By: - Date published: 10:22 pm, December 8th, 2018 - 62 comments
I like my Huawei phone. Apparently the US National Security Agency can’t break its encryption. That’s presumably the “security” issue why Spark is being blocked from using Huawei, and why Meng Wanzhou is held hostage in Canada at the behest of US neocons.
Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, November 6th, 2018 - 36 comments
Simon Bridges has advertised for a Senior Social Media advisor.
Written By: - Date published: 8:16 am, September 17th, 2018 - 42 comments
Simon Bridges has caused jaws to drop everywhere by comparing Jacinda Ardern to Donald Trump.
Written By: - Date published: 2:07 pm, August 23rd, 2018 - 13 comments
It seems that if you’re the right person, harbour the correct thoughts, have the right connections, and you don’t like whatever the political opinion, news or information that’s floating about is, then you can get it banned.
Written By: - Date published: 9:19 am, December 26th, 2017 - 111 comments
An accidental tweet from a Government account has led the right to claim the existence of all sorts of conspiracies.
Written By: - Date published: 7:56 am, November 19th, 2017 - 8 comments
Robert Peston in the Spectator has analysed the social media performance of the two big parties in the United Kingdom and has concluded that Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour had a significant advantage over Theresa May’s conservatives.
Written By: - Date published: 7:56 am, October 16th, 2017 - 27 comments
A long and interesting read in The Atlantic. “The very roots of the electoral system had been destabilized.”
Written By: - Date published: 10:49 am, July 30th, 2017 - 22 comments
Social media offers a rich tool for profiling voters and targeting election advertising or informal messaging. There’s a good piece on RNZ today looking at the issue. How long before we see the methods used by Brexit and Trump campaigns employed in NZ?
Written By: - Date published: 2:05 pm, April 12th, 2017 - 29 comments
United Airlines in America has in the past few days provided a text book example of how a large corporation should not behave.
Written By: - Date published: 9:02 am, June 2nd, 2016 - 80 comments
Hey Mike Hosking – how many dead and deformed babies is the precious Olympic schedule worth to you anyway?
Written By: - Date published: 11:52 am, March 3rd, 2016 - 48 comments
Any campaign against cyberbullying is going to need a more plausible figurehead than Key.
Written By: - Date published: 3:11 pm, February 23rd, 2016 - 133 comments
The pro change Flag Campaign has been launched on Social Media using themes that will appeal to progressives about the need for change. The problem is what they want it to be changed to.
Written By: - Date published: 11:13 am, February 22nd, 2016 - 65 comments
Danyl McLauchlan at the Dim-Post remarks that the Opposition continues to be unable to get voters to question the Key Government or to even consider the alternative that they are presenting.
Written By: - Date published: 10:50 pm, February 1st, 2016 - 198 comments
The return of the X Files has got me thinking. Just how hard is it to keep a big conspiracy secret? Happily, a British scientist has the answer; it’s bloody hard. More or less impossible, actually, according to his new formula. It seems the truth really is out there.
Written By: - Date published: 8:52 am, December 11th, 2015 - 43 comments
For a small country New Zealand is certainly punching above its weight. It has been awarded a second fossil of the day award by the Climate Action Network.
Written By: - Date published: 2:36 pm, August 20th, 2015 - 7 comments
When Parliament passed the Harmful Digital Communications Act, many people warned that it would be abused to stifle political speech. And it has, with NZ First MP Tracey Martin incorrectly accusing a political blogger (who supported a rival NZ First MP) of violating the Act. A bad first start. But it figures, the act is silly, slow and unworkable.
Written By: - Date published: 10:53 am, April 5th, 2015 - 33 comments
Spark, MediaWorks, Sky TV and TVNZ are threatening to take Callplus to Court because it, like many overseas companies, offers the ability to locals to obtain an American IP address.
Written By: - Date published: 7:14 pm, March 9th, 2015 - 20 comments
Selwyn Manning has set up and will edit a new site (eveningreport.nz). Nice to see another progressive net news and current affairs site being set up. It will be interesting to see how this one develops. But there is a lot of room for different media in the net space.