The Minister in charge of digital services believes big tech companies such as Google and Facebook are conducting “extraordinary experiments on our entire civilisation”.
Columnist Rod Oram sifted through a fresh and local report on what Artificial Intelligence might mean for New Zealand. He found we're behind the curve and not ready either for the risks or the opportunities.
COMMENT: New Zealand’s electoral spending laws and oversight are out of date and vulnerable to tactics like those used by Cambridge Analytica in the US and UK.
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.
Back by popular demand, here's the 8 things that mattered in our political economy in the (short) week that was, along with Weekend Reads at bottom.
The 8 things that mattered this week
In today's email we dig into why all the talk of a potential National-Green deal is a pointless debate.
John Key and Todd McClay have been busy at the APEC meeting in Lima over the weekend, talking with leaders about trade deals in a post-Trump and post-TPP world.
For the convenience of email subscribers, here's an extended version of my weekend column on the latest moves overseas to crack down on tax avoidance by global tech firms and what that means for New Zealand.
Prime Minister John Key has called on big digital multi-nationals such as Google and Facebook to pay their fair share of tax and he supported moves by the G20 to share information and pressure them into paying more tax.