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by IITP Staff
IITP StaffThe Institute of IT Professionals NZ (IITP), New Zealand's technology professional body representing thousands of IT professionals across New Zealand, welcomes the expansion of digital tech in schools announced by Minister of Education Hekia Parata today, however is disappointed the broader changes needed in this area have apparently been dropped.

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We're in the home stretch - ITx 2016 is in Wellington next week and with many hundreds now registered, it promises to be a truly not-to-be-missed event.

There are still tickets left, so it's not too late if you want to be there. Register with the voucher code lastminute for a special last-minute rate. More info at www.itx.nz

From IITP TechBlog this week
by Paul Brislen, Editor
The UK decision not to remain in the European Union has created turmoil in the financial markets but the tech sector is also waking up to the realisation that it too is going to experience a prolonged period of uncertainty.

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by ITx Team
May-Ann Lim, Executive Director of the Asia Cloud Computing Association, and Brendan Kelly, Deputy Chief Executive in charge of Information at the Tertiary Education Commission have joined the keynote speaker line-up at this year's ITx conference, to be held in Wellington from July 11 through July 13.

Lim and Kelly join a host of keynotes from across the world at ITx 2016, including Silicon Valley insider Edith Yeung, Australia-based Entrepreneur and Magician Vinh Giang, Europe tech thought leader Mark Smalley, kiwis Ian Taylor and Ian McCrae, founders of Animation Research Ltd and Orion Health respectively, and technology marketer Rachael Cotton-Bronte also from New Zealand.

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by Paul Brislen
The Tech Industry Association (TechNZ) has released a report into the value ICT brings to the New Zealand economy and puts that figure at $16.2 billion a year.

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by Amy Ryburn, Guest post
The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is due to come into force in May 2018. The GDPR, which will replace the Data Protection Directive, is designed to give European citizens greater protections and more control of their data.

What does it mean for New Zealand companies engaging with EU partners?

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by Ian Apperley
New Zealand's tech sector contributed more to the national GDP than Tourism or Dairy so why don't we do a good job in fostering our tech sector? Ian Apperley takes a look at the role of government in our industry.

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by Paul Brislen, Editor
The Finalists in the New Zealand Excellence in IT Awards have been selected, and they're an incredible bunch.

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by Amy Ryburn, Guest post
The "Internet of Things" is growing at an exponential pace as more and more devices are connected to networks. The market has been estimated to be worth US$11 trillion per annum by 2025. While there are plenty of opportunities for New Zealand business, there are a number of legal issues that will need to be carefully thought through - by both providers and users of the "things". 

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by Paul Brislen
Hot on the heels of the TeamViewer issue, which saw users compromised after re-using compromised passwords, another remote-access service is reporting problems.

But can users be blamed for reusing passwords in a world of 30-day renewals and increasingly complicated password requirements and what are the alternatives?

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