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Phil Pennington stories

Phil Pennington is a distinguished author with a keen interest in the intersection of technology, privacy, and government policy. His work explores a range of contemporary issues, from the expansion of data centres in New Zealand and the complexities surrounding public discussions about these technological infrastructures, to the innovative yet intrusive methods employed by outdoor advertisers to capture the attention of passersby. Pennington's writing sheds light on the evolving digital landscape and its implications for privacy, security, and governance.

Pennington's investigative journalism delves into the intricacies of government IT projects, highlighting the challenges and setbacks faced in attempts to modernize crucial public services. His coverage extends to the global tech giants' endeavours in New Zealand, such as Amazon's pursuits for support over its data centre projects and policy contributions, juxtaposed with concerns over the security and privacy risk posed by smart home devices and apps aligning with foreign states. Furthermore, Pennington addresses the ethical and privacy considerations emerging from the government's pilot of an online identity check system, alongside the broader discourse on digital identity and data protection. Through his columns, Phil Pennington invites readers to contemplate the balance between technological advancement and the safeguarding of individual rights and societal values.

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Government births, deaths and marriages IT project halted
Fri, 22nd Dec 2023
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microsoft
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open source
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dia
RNZ understands multiple deadlines have been missed after officials tried to buy an off-the-shelf system and customise it.
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What Amazon wanted from New Zealand's prime minister
Thu, 29th Dec 2022
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cloud services
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colocation
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microsoft
Mega-company Amazon asked Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for help over billion-dollar data centres it is building here, and to have input on policy.
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Outdoor advertisers using smart technology to reach more customers
Tue, 13th Dec 2022
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smart home
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technology gifts
Technology that lets outdoor advertisers track people in the street is spreading, though the marketing industry says it is at pains not to invade privacy.
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Datacentres in NZ: PM's office rejects OIA request on briefings over plans
Tue, 13th Dec 2022
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colocation
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power / energy
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local government nz
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern refuses to disclose her discussions with major tech companies regarding data centres in New Zealand.
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Identity Check online system pilot launched despite gaps over privacy, rights
Tue, 22nd Nov 2022
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surveillance
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dia
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ministry of social development
Government's online identity check system raises concerns over human rights, ethics, and Māori engagement. Nationwide pilot underway.
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Google says privacy key as NZ Identity Check system planned
Mon, 7th Nov 2022
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bi
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big data
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private cloud
Google supports efforts to fix legal stability in data flow and privacy. New Zealand uses Google Analytics in online ID system.
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Security fears raised about home devices and apps
Fri, 28th Oct 2022
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iot
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ai security
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Smart devices from various non-Chinese companies are found to have hidden loyalty pledges to the Chinese state in their terms and conditions.