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NZTech Inform – Make Aotearoa safer online

Every week, over 400 people seek help for online harassment, image-based abuse, hate speech, grooming, scams and school incidents.

As the past 18 months have shown, online connection is important and because Netsafe is receiving increasingly more requests for help under the Harmful Digital Communications Act, we have joined Netsafe’s campaign.

We’re proudly supporting New Zealand’s first Netsafety week and celebrating the positive power of the internet.

This is a week designed to make Aotearoa safer online by raising awareness, sharing support and inspiring positive changes. This is important. During the last year, Netsafe’s research shows that one in five teenagers and one in 10 adults were harmed by something they experienced online. However, we can learn how to protect ourselves online. Here’s five top tips from Netsafe;

  1. Kōrero with whānau ōu hoa (Talk with family and friends)
  2. Be a good digital citizen
  3. Swipe left on fake news
  4. Discuss sensitive topics
  5. Know your rights   

Last week, there was no response from any of the three Minister’s offices to the critical tech worker survey data! NZTech’s data highlights massive shortages and issues with how Immigration officials are assessing what is a technical skill not readily available in New Zealand. Meanwhile, I read in a Stuff article this morning that more critical workers are now opting to leave New Zealand due to Immigration leaving them in limbo regarding their residency. Last week, RadioNZ was looking into the Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) booking system and I was asked to share my thoughts. Being polite, I have to say the Government needs to do a whole lot better with its approach to the border.

This week’s highlights include catching up on the progress of the T3W Māori tech network. The T3W is working to connect and drive Māori involvement in the tech industry, and is united by the desire to improve Māori prosperity. Later in the week, I am attending a workshop with the large New Zealand Data Science + Analytics Forum as they consider whether or not to evolve into a more formal member entity. Data is a critical foundation for the future success of the nation and I hope this is the beginning of a coordinated national approach. On Friday, I am in Wellington meeting a group involved in TransportTech. (Yes, there is ‘tech’ for everything!).

Ngā mihi

Graeme Muller

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