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In the Media

27 Mar 2023


Should you delete TikTok?

One-and-a-half million kiwis have the video-sharing app on their phone. If you don't, there's a very good chance your child does. But with world governments racing to ban Tiktok - should you do the same in your home?

The Project

22 Mar 2023


New AI chatbot GPT4 takes world by storm, even more powerful than predecessor

Brainbox Senior Consultant, Allyn Robins, told Newshub that it's "hard to overstate the impact this will have. It's going to touch every area of the economy."

Finn Hogan

9 Mar 2023


Newsable today: Can AI replace us? TikTok's wooden spoons trend, and Fun Fact Friday

Could AI host a podcast? Spoiler alert – no.

Emile Donovan

1 Mar 2023


Why the White House wants TikTok deleted from federal devices within next 30 days

The White House on Monday gave government agencies 30 days to ensure they do not have Chinese-owned app TikTok on federal devices and systems.

Ashleigh Yates

17 Feb 2023


Radio silence on Govt plan to regulate Big Tech

Government plans to subject tech companies like Facebook and Google to the same content regulations as news media and advertisers may have been put on hold, Marc Daalder reports

Marc Daalder

25 Nov 2022


Govt weighs up police access to encrypted data

A cross-agency group will examine the relative risks and benefits of end-to-end encryption and advise ministers on whether to regulate the technology.

Marc Daalder

22 Nov 2022

Careers with STEM

Meet the ethical entrepreneurs mixing law and tech

Meet two Uni of Ontago law grads who launched a new business to help government and industry navigate legal, ethical and political questions around new tech

Gemma Chilton

29 Oct 2022


Experts concerned over the rise of deepfake technology

Experts are calling for more protection for New Zealanders from the harms of deepfakes and other synthetic media. Deepfakes, artificially generated mimicries of real people, have been prominent online since 2018.

Finn Hogan

1 Sept 2022


Platforms Are Testing Self-Regulation in New Zealand. It Needs a Lot of Work.

On July 25, New Zealand adopted a new industry-led mechanism designed to provide guidance for social media platforms to enhance safety and mitigate online harm: the Aotearoa New Zealand Code of Practice for Online Safety and Harms.

Curtis Barnes, Tom Barraclough, Allyn Robins

19 Aug 2022


AI Can See You Naked

Christchurch has produced many good things over the years. It has also produced Michael James Pratt, a fugitive sex trafficker on the FBI’s most wanted list with a $70,000 bounty on his head.

Fox Meyer

18 Aug 2022


Govt harbours concerns over Netsafe’s online code

The Government privately shares concerns that a new code of practice for online safety is actually an effort by tech companies to deflect regulation, Marc Daalder reports

Marc Daalder

29 Jul 2022


Law loopholes around 'deepfakes' a threat to justice, police and law experts warn

Ambiguous gaps remain in legislation against the use of harmful deepfake technology, as police, legal and tech experts predict widespread implications for the justice system.

Sophie Cornish

24 Jul 2022


Social media giants agree to 'first of its kind' code of conduct in Aotearoa

Social media giants including TikTok and Meta will soon become more accountable for the content on their platforms in New Zealand, voluntarily signing up to a code of conduct led by Netsafe, which targets issues such as hate speech and misinformation.

Sophie Cornish

14 Mar 2022


Media law review raises thorny freedom of expression issues

New Zealand has been trying to update its media laws for the modern digital environment for over a decade. Experts warn there are no simple solutions, so has the Government now bitten off more than it can chew?

Ximena Smith

30 Jan 2022


Artists, music listeners ditching Spotify over vaccine disinformation

Canadian folk singer Joni Mitchell has joined her compatriot Neil Young in pulling her catalogue from streaming service Spotify.

Giles Dexter

26 Jan 2022


ACC goes back to drawing board over failed $1.4m navigation service

A new $1.4 million service designed to help people understand ACC's systems and disputes process has failed to achieve many of its objectives, forcing the agency back to the drawing board.

Anusha Bradley

20 Jan 2022

Capital Monitor

Engaging with Facebook and Twitter is “like talking to kids”

When investors try to flag concerns to Facebook and Twitter about social media-related issues, the two tech giants often respond with stonewalling and obstruction. Google appears little better. Here we set out why.

Paul Hodgson

16 Dec 2021

NZ Herald

Do we need to panic over the 'Jacinda Ardern' deepfake clip?

A viral video that manipulated footage of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to make it look like she was smoking crack has reanimated debate over "deepfake" technology.

Chris Keall

17 Nov 2021


The deepfake dilemma: How it affects privacy, security & law in Aotearoa

On a YouTube channel called Genuine Fake, a video shows Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as the character of Maleficent. Her husband Clarke Gayford then appears shortly afterwards. Even National Party leader Judith Collins looks a bit like a forest fairy princess.

Sara Barker

19 Oct 2021


NZ Super Fund ends campaign to reform Facebook, Alphabet and Twitter in the wake of the Christchurch terror attack

The NZ Super Fund is wrapping up its campaign to get Facebook​, Alphabet (Google)​ and Twitter ​to prevent violent and objectionable content being broadcast on their social media platforms.

Rob Stock

30 Sept 2021


Calls for 'transformative' disability law change to make Aotearoa accessible

A WorkSafe-type body should be set up so disabled people can identify and remove access barriers, a new report says.

Josephine Franks

29 Sept 2021


Access Alliance Calls For Life Changing Accessibility Legislation To Remove And Prevent Barriers

Access Alliance, New Zealand’s largest alliance of Disabled Persons Organisations, disability advocacy groups, and service providers, calls on the government to implement the legal framework outlined in the report released today,

Access Alliance

9 Sept 2021


Covid-19 pandemic driving a 'downgrading of social discourse', researcher says

The Delta outbreak has unleashed a greater willingness to use derogatory and offensive slurs as part of public discourse, according to a University of Auckland research fellow.

29 Jun 2021


Half Of NZ Has At Least One Misinformed Belief – Expert Reaction

A survey from the Classification Office offers a glimpse at how pervasive misinformation is in New Zealand, and how it’s affecting our beliefs.

Science Media Centre

7 May 2021


Letter from the editor: Trying to instil trust in the news

There’s an old trope about journalists jostling with used car salesmen and real estate agents for last place in most-trusted rankings. In some cases – when tabloid hacks rifle through rubbish bins or voicemail baskets, or paparazzi hound people in the streets – this has been deserved.

Anna Fifield

14 Dec 2020


Bringing the justice system into the 21st century

A legal researcher at the intersection of law, policy and technology has developed a tool to access legal information digitally.

Nine To Noon

23 Sept 2020


NZ ‘underprepared’ for election interference

With the US election fast-approaching there’s a lot of chatter about foreign operations aimed at influencing the elections. Laura Walters asks experts why we’re not having the same discussion in New Zealand

Laura Walters

18 Aug 2020


Those who shared Covid-19 rumour could be liable to the Harmful Digital Communications Act, Netsafe says

The man believed to be behind the recent Covid-19 outbreak rumour said he’s willing to accept the consequences of his actions, describing them as “the worst things I’ve ever done”.

Katie Kenny

17 Aug 2020


‘Infodemic’ evolves as Covid-19 returns to NZ

Analysis: The return of Covid-19 to New Zealand has been accompanied by conspiracy theories about the virus and the Government's response. How big a problem is this and what can - or should - we do about it? Marc Daalder reports

Marc Daalder

17 Aug 2020

NZ Herald

Coronavirus Covid-19: Why 'that' Facebook post spread like wildfire

"Seen this?" Those were probably two words that countless Kiwis read over the weekend, when a friend or family member forwarded them a bogus, hyper-viral and now notorious Facebook post.

Jamie Morton

27 Jul 2020


Deep fakes and synthetic media

Deep fakes, synthetic media - the latest and most advanced techniques to spread disinformation and deception.

Emile Donovan

26 Jul 2020


The deep fake threat

If you watch television, you may have come across an advertisement for Spark which shows Lord Ernest Rutherford sitting in an armchair, pontificating over the remarkable rate of human technological progress.

The Detail

23 Jul 2020


The Government wants to filter the internet. Is that a good idea?

The Government plans to filter out the worst excesses of the internet. Experts think it will have almost no impact, other than introducing a series of grave risks. National Correspondent Katie Kenny reports.

Katie Kenny

22 Jun 2020


Ardern: ‘Enthusiasm’ about exploring CovidCard

Jacinda Ardern said on Monday that there was 'enthusiasm' for the Government to continue looking into the CovidCard proposal, Marc Daalder reports

Marc Daalder

22 Jun 2020


Government still pursuing CovidCard

After a trial in Nelson Hospital in May, the CovidCard proposal is still in the running as a government-sponsored contact tracing tool, Marc Daalder reports

Marc Daalder

29 Apr 2020

The Spinoff

Covid-19: The tough questions on a digital contact-tracing app

It’s a crucial factor in keeping the spread of the virus under control, but there’s a whole lot more the government needs to consider than what is technically possible, writes Andrew Chen.

Andrew Chen

17 Apr 2020


NZ considering $100m contact tracing ‘CovidCard’

The Government is considering handing out a Bluetooth-enabled CovidCard to every New Zealander to aid with contact tracing efforts, Marc Daalder reports

Marc Daalder

5 Apr 2020


Covid-19: Major IT groups not consulted over race to speed up contact tracing

The country's three major IT groups have been left out of the loop by the government in the race to speed up critical contact tracing of virus carriers.

Phil Pennington

3 Apr 2020


Can tech solve the next big Covid-19 challenge?

Contact tracing is a crucial part of the Covid-19 puzzle and technology might prove essential to scaling up New Zealand's tracing capacity, Marc Daalder reports

Marc Daalder

1 Apr 2020

NZ Herald

Coronavirus Covid-19: Can smartphones help NZ stop spread?

One of the best weapons we have to throw against Covid-19 may be found in our pockets.

Jamie Morton

9 Dec 2019


Snapchat unleashes deepfakes feature called 'Cameo'

Deepfakes - putting a person's face on another person's body in a video - are about to go mainstream. So far best-known for internet pranksters putting celebrity heads on pornstars' bodies, the controversial technology is currently being tested by messaging app Snapchat.

Dan Satherley

29 Nov 2019

The Guardian

Saving the Whanganui: can personhood rescue a river?

Adam Daniel wades waist deep through the glassy water. Pumice stones spiral in the shallow eddy, while the shrill whistles of a male whio (blue duck) echo upstream through the green canyon walls.

Jeremy Lurgio

4 Sept 2019


Can Kiwis tell fact from fake news in the leadup to the 2020 elections?

Young people are criticised for not engaging in politics but experts say adults today are less likely to be able to tell fact from fake news. Katie Kenny and Tommy Livingston report on the risks of a post-truth political landscape.

Katie Kenny, Tommy Livingston

2 Jul 2019

NZ Herald

NZ expert sounds warning after DeepNude app goes viral

The latest in "deep fake" technology is DeepNude - an app that uses AI to transform an image of a clothed woman into a realistic rendering of what she might look like naked.

Chris Keall

11 Jun 2019


Has an elf or alien been caught on film or is this just another hoax?

Proof of alien life, a prank or a digitally altered hoax? Brittney Deguara takes a look at a viral clip and the dangers of deep fakes.

An alien? An elf?! What is that thing in the driveway?

Brittney Deguara

8 Jun 2019

Otago Daily Times

Talking tech, cheese rolls and scones

Computers and government have been a major issue this past fortnight with the fallout from National accessing Budget data still proving dangerously radioactive to a range of politicians and civil servants.

Mike Houlahan

21 May 2019


Don’t believe everything you see, or hear

Synthetic media and "deepfakes" pose a new threat to democratic processes, if used in the wrong way, write Brainbox Institute co-directors Curtis Barnes and Tom Barraclough.

Curtis Barnes, Tom Barraclough

21 May 2019


Deepfakes and synthetic media: The new age of disinformation is growing

Amidst the threats identified in a new report of the digital threats to democracy are two challenges with sinister sounding names - deepfakes and synthetic media. But what are these emerging risks and why should we care about them?

Michael Daly

20 May 2019

NZ Herald

NZ study highlights the risk of 'deep fakes' on social media - and why our lawmakers should leave it alone

A new study funded by the Law Foundation highlights the risk of "deep fakes" on social media - which co-author Tom Barraclough says "make it look or sound like something happened when it didn't".

Chris Keall

20 May 2019


'Deepfake' videos could be next social media minefield - researchers

There's growing concern about the damage sophisticated fake videos can have on the public.

A new Law Foundation report says deepfake media could prove troublesome to tech companies and the Government, following the Christchurch Call.

Katie Fitzgerald

20 May 2019


Deepfakes, synthetic media a threat to democracy

Thanks to Donald Trump the phrase "fake news" is, for better or worse, forever embedded in our collective consciousness. But fake news - false information which is spread deliberately to deceive people - is just the tip of the iceberg threatening our democracy.

Morning Report

9 Nov 2018


Could the Acosta video be the start of a worrying trend?

OPINION: At the first White House press conference following the midterm election, there was a verbal altercation between the President Donald Trump and CNN reporter Jim Acosta.

Curtis Barnes, Tom Barraclough

16 Nov 2015

Otago Daily Times

Researchers of access to ACC given $150,000

A $150,000 grant from the New Zealand Law Foundation will help Dunedin researchers find practical ways for injured New Zealanders to have their human rights upheld in seeking justice over ACC cases.

John Gibb

28 Aug 2015

Otago Daily Times

Successful but hearing 'stressful'

Dunedin ACC claimant Dr Denise Powell found the experience of representing herself at an ACC review hearing ''stressful'' but was successful in her claim.

John Gibb

23 Jul 2015


Research finds overwhelming barriers to access to justice

Research carried out by a team of researchers in partnership with Acclaim Otago (Inc) has found serious barriers to access to justice for people challenging ACC decisions through the court system.

Acclaim Otago

27 Feb 2015

Otago Daily Times

Research grant thrills campaigner

ACC campaigner Denise Powell is ''over the moon'' about a New Zealand Law Foundation research grant of up to $38,000 to ACC claimant support organisation Acclaim Otago.

John Gibb

19 Sept 2014


UN Experience Beneficial

Acclaim Otago representatives have just completed their participation at the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability examination of the New Zealand government in Geneva, Switzerland.

Acclaim Otago

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