Protecting student privacy

“No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with [his or her] privacy.” – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, United Nations, 1948 New Zealand’s schools work hard to earn the trust of their communities. As part of the important work they do, schools need to collect and hold a large body of confidential and…

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Microsoft releases NZ privacy guide for Office 365

New Zealand organisations are quickly deploying cloud computing. Low prices and convenience are appealing, but there are also important questions to ask around privacy, security, and data integrity. Waldo Kuipers, Corporate Affairs Manager at Microsoft NZ, says “Organisations know that trust matters. They need to keep business information secure, and do the right thing on…

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Cloud computing standards

With responsible adoption of cloud computing services at front of mind for many organisations and policy makers, it is timely to consider the global context and New Zealand’s work to advance trustworthy computing. This article was originally published by Standards NZ in Touchstone Issue 48 – April 2013 as An update on standards for cloud computing and…

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Making Data Human at TechEd NZ 2012

Last week we were delighted to join more than 2,000 technology professionals at TechEd New Zealand 2012. A strong theme of this year’s keynote was the use of technology to make data human: Useful, exciting, beautiful, and even fun! It may not be the first thing that comes to mind when looking at a page…

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21st Century Learning

Parliament’s Education and Science Select Committee has launched an enquiry about education needs for the country’s future. The enquiry seeks to identify possible savings in technology and buildings, to develop recommendations regarding optimal learning environments, and to identify the skills required for teachers and students to achieve their full potential in the modern world. Nikki…

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Using the Cloud for Good

Cloud computing is not just being adopted by the business community in New Zealand but has also made a significant impact in not-for-profit organizations (NFP) across the country.   Attendees of the Connecting Communities conference in Christchurch on 29 February 2012 learnt of several NFPs who have used the Microsoft cloud as a key enabler of…

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Dialogue on privacy with Brendon Lynch

This week Microsoft’s Chief Privacy Officer Brendon Lynch was home in New Zealand to discuss privacy. Originally from Paeroa but now based at Microsoft’s global headquarters in Redmond, Brendon is part of Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing initiative that was established by Bill Gates in 2002. Bill Gates said then that Trustworthy Computing – reliability, security, privacy…

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With compliments from Microsoft

Updated July 2012. A PDF version is provided at the bottom of this blog post for printing. Microsoft offers a number of services free of charge to help people live and work a little smarter. Here’s a quick overview of technology to make life a little simpler and more fun. More than a million Kiwis…

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Celebrating Kiwi excellence on the World Stage

It’s an exciting month here at Microsoft as we hold our annual Worldwide Partner Conference which celebrates the businesses who use technology to transform the way our customers work. This year stood out for showing Kiwi innovation to the world. Our success depends on the 3,500 business partners and the 29,000 professionals who work in…

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