As we all now know, the Internet is one big surveillance machine. Whether it is for advertising or spooks, we are all data subjects. Welcome to the modern Panopticon.
There are layers and layers of interwoven issues arising from the shut down of Megaupload and the global action against its key staff in January 2012. For me, one of the core questions has always been the role government should have in acting on allegations of copyright infringement. Distractions, personalities and conspiracies aside, where is the line between civil and criminal recourse?
A familiar game is being played out with governments and regulators scrambling to regulate the “evils” of a new technology that keeps making media headlines. This time it’s Bitcoins. Portrayed as the currency of choice for everything bad online, the very fact that currencies are involved is enough to get them worked up.
If there is something online in plain sight (which I define as requiring only clicking on publicly available links), is it OK to take a look? If we suspect that the linked content breaches privacy or confidentiality, but is not illegal, should we still go and take a look?
I think the four Digital Megatrends of the past decade have been cloud computing, mobility, social media, and big data. What about the next decade?
The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of those tech trends that over-promise in the short term, become annoying buzz words, and people tune out. Yet, in the long term, just like cloud computing, fundamental shifts are coming. The shift is critically important to the centrepiece of New Zealand’s economy- the primary sector.
Innovation is often talked about but hard to make happen, especially in large companies. Whatever you think of Google, there’s no doubt it’s an innovation powerhouse.