Technology

Verification will be essential as New Zealanders start using vaccine passes – to stop fraud and the spread of COVID - COVID-19

Guest Author Dec 06, 2021

Andrew Chen, University of Auckland When New Zealand switches to the COVID-19 Protection Framework tomorrow, people will have to present vaccine passes to access many public spaces and venues. At this point, more than 2.4 million people have downloaded their official vaccine passes, which represents almost 70% of the 3.6 million people who are fully vaccinated. The transition will … Read More

Electric cars alone won’t save the planet. We’ll need to design cities so people can walk and cycle safely - The Changing Climate

Guest Author Nov 19, 2021

Timothy Welch, University of Auckland   At the COP26 climate summit, world politicians patted themselves on their backs for coming to a last-minute agreement. Humanity now waits with bated breath to see if countries implement the commitments they made, and if those commitments help the planet. If the rest of our climate progress mirrors the policies around transportation, we’re … Read More

Studies suggest no causal link between young children’s screen time and later symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity - Hot off the press

Guest Author Nov 15, 2021

Maria Corkin, University of Auckland   The possibility that screen time during early childhood could cause poorer attention later in a child’s life is a major concern for both parents and researchers. Earlier studies have suggested links between preschoolers’ screen time and difficulties with attention. But there is by no means consensus among the research community that such a relationship … Read More

Students are told not to use Wikipedia for research. But it’s a trustworthy source - Guest Work

Guest Author Nov 05, 2021

Rachel Cunneen, University of Canberra and Mathieu O’Neil, University of Canberra   At the start of each university year, we ask first-year students a question: how many have been told by their secondary teachers not to use Wikipedia? Without fail, nearly every hand shoots up. Wikipedia offers free and reliable information instantly. So why do teachers almost universally distrust it? … Read More

Electrifying transport: why New Zealand can’t rely on battery-powered cars alone - The Changing Climate

Guest Author Nov 03, 2021

Soheil Mohseni, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington; Alan Brent, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington, and James Hinkley, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington   The transport sector accounts for 47% of New Zealand’s carbon dioxide emissions. It will be a focus for decarbonisation to meet the country’s new climate pledge to … Read More

Many of New Zealand’s most popular websites use ‘dark patterns’ to manipulate users – is it time to regulate? - Hot off the press

Guest Author Oct 19, 2021

Cherie Lacey, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington and Alex Beattie, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington   More than half of the most popular New Zealand websites may be unfairly manipulating visitors, according to our latest research into the use of “dark patterns” in sites with a “co.nz” domain name. While legal, dark patterns … Read More

Children live online more than ever – we need better definitions of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ screen time - News

Guest Author Oct 11, 2021

Kathryn MacCallum, University of Canterbury and Cheryl Brown, University of Canterbury   The pandemic has fundamentally altered every part of our lives, not least the time we spend on digital devices. For young people in particular, the blurred line between recreational and educational screen time presents new challenges we are only beginning to appreciate. Even before COVID, there were concerns … Read More

Why New Zealanders are vulnerable to genetic discrimination in health and life insurance - News

Guest Author Sep 28, 2021

Jane Tiller, Monash University and Andrew Shelling, University of Auckland   Genetic testing is increasingly used as part of routine healthcare to determine a patient’s risk for some conditions, including certain cancers. But insurers can use genetic test results to refuse cover or increase premiums. This is called genetic discrimination — the use of someone’s genetic information to treat them … Read More

Beyond Zoom, Teams and video lectures — what do university students really want from online learning? - Hot off the press

Guest Author Sep 24, 2021

Dilani Gedera, Auckland University of Technology; Ashwini Datt, University of Auckland; Cheryl Brown, University of Canterbury; Dianne Forbes, University of Waikato, and Maggie Hartnett, Massey University   As any university student, lecturer or tutor can attest, the pandemic has turned learning and teaching upside down. So it’s important we understand what happens for students when their learning shifts online with … Read More