Richard MacManus

Newsroom's technology columnist Richard MacManus argues big tech firms such as Google and Facebook should audit their algorithms in the same way our Government has asked for audits of how its departments use artificial intelligence.

Newsroom technology columnist Richard MacManus looks at how Google is using data provided by its users to build its artificial intelligence-driven tools. We're helping Google more than we realise. He wonders whether that's a good thing.

Next week the European Union's new privacy regulation, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), comes into effect after a two-year transition period. It couldn't be more timely, after the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica controversy, which forced Mark Zuckerberg to front US Congress last month.

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Technology columnist Richard MacManus argues New Zealand should invest more in cyber security within Five Eyes to keep up with our partners and cope with the ever-rising use of encryption.

Newsroom technology columnist Richard MacManus points out Spark has a lot of work to do before next year's Rugby World Cup to ensure its technology can handle sports live streaming.

Newsroom's technology columnist Richard MacManus looks at why a paid version of Facebook might help users declutter and claw back their data privacy. Supermarket and petrol chains here should also watch the 'data privacy for money swap' topic closely, he argues.