This week, MPs were playing games at Parliament. What’s new, you ask? Not the usual, name-calling and point-scoring political games. Instead, they played Kiwi-designed video games like Grow and Golden Threads. I was delighted to be able to organise, with Play by Play, a demonstration in the Beehive of some of New Zealand’s incredible video […]
This year, games expo PAX celebrated its third year in Australia. I was lucky enough to attend as part of Melbourne International Games Week. I was there to meet a number of industry players and research the significant number of steps the State of Victoria has taken to support its thriving games development sector. In […]
I’m pretty excited. I’m off to Melbourne today to attend the Southern Hemisphere’s largest interactive media and games conference – PAX – to research supporting our games export industry. It sounds like fun, but it’s no game. Already, with minimal support, our games and app building sector’s exports are worth $89 million a year. The […]
It’s fantastic to hear today Dunedin-based game developer RocketWerkz has received substantial investment from the Chinese company Tencent and looks to employ an additional 125 people. You could say they’ve unlocked the next level. I’m a big supporter of our fast-growing game development sector and very glad to see Kiwis in creative tech jobs. RocketWerkz […]
It’s disappointing that strong-arm tactics from powerful media companies have meant Global Mode will not get its day in court. Today a settlement was reached terminating the Global Mode service, developed in New Zealand by ByPass Network Services and used by some New Zealand ISPs and consumers to circumvent geoblocking and give Kiwis open access to global media content.
I’m cautiously optimistic of news that the government-owned company Research and Educational Advanced Network New Zealand Ltd (REANNZ) has signed a $65 million anchor tenancy contract with Hawaiki Cable Ltd for its proposed new second internet cable. We announced in December 2012 our plan to fund a much-needed second internet cable. The Green Party plans […]
Today is Budget Day and a chance to evaluate how the national economy is doing but also how we feel we are doing as individuals and households.
The announcement today of an independent review into Chorus will hopefully provide some answers to the next mess National has created around the roll-out of ultra-fast broadband and how copper pricing is now affecting it. I support Minister Amy Adam’s independent review announcement and believe it is the necessary first step before taking any further […]
This week I’ve been blogging about the TICS bill, the Government’s change to the Telecommunications Act to require telecommunication firms to assist intelligence agencies in intercepting and decrypting phone calls, text messages and emails. As well as the privacy concerns about this bill, one of the big issues is the risk for future job creation […]
The Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Bill, otherwise known as the TICS bill, is an accompanying bill to the GCSB legislation that passed last month. In a nutshell, this bill forces communications providers to provide ‘lawful intercept’ capabilities so that the GCSB, SIS and Police can access New Zealanders’ communications. It also gives the GCSB […]