Campaigners used big data sets and Facebook to hyper-target voters in the Brexit and US presidential elections to surprising effect. Could the same techniques tip the balance in New Zealand’s election? Bernard Hickey reports.
The Government’s social investment approach has been under pressure following a string of blunders by MSD. Now, the new fix-it Minister has been called in to help get things back on track.
The government has pulled back on its plans to collect people's data until it can assure them their privacy will be protected.
An independent report has highlighted yet another litany of IT errors by MSD in protecting people’s privacy. Why can the Ministry not learn from its mistakes?
An independent review into a security flaw that could have exposed sensitive client information has found serious failings by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD).
Dame Diane Robertson has gone from caring for Auckland's homeless to figuring out how to harness the power of data for good. She speaks about why the plan won't work unless the public are convinced first.
In today's email we take a deeper look into the scathing assessment of the Government's first attempt at the data mining needed for its social investment approach.
A damning report from the Privacy Commissioner has raised serious concerns about MSD’s demands for client data. What will it mean for the Government’s wider social investment approach?
In today's email we wonder what is behind the latest delay of the Commerce Commission's final decision on NZME and Fairfax, we learn why the Privacy Commissioner has not fear of Facebook, and we look at why people are worried about proposed open access to online schooling.
In the first of a Newsroom series of interviews with New Zealand’s “watchdogs”, Shane Cowlishaw talks to Privacy Commissioner John Edwards about his role and why we shouldn’t fear Facebook.