Joyce address to NZCS conference

September 16th, 2010 at 9:23 am by David Farrar

I’m in Rotorua for the NZ Computer Society 50th anniversary conference.

spoke on how Governments are not good at innovation – tried that in an experiment known as the Soviet Union. Said innovation happens in all the companies and firms that are represented at this conference, and the Government’ job is to try and facilitate a supportive environment.

He said that copper has done better than anyone expected, but fibre is the future. The current investment in copper is about catching up with the rest of the world, while the planned investment in fibre is designed to give NZ a competitive advantage – an advantage that the NZ Institute says could be worth over $2b a year in extra GDP.

While most focus is on the $1.5b urban fibre project, Joyce said he considers the rural broadband situation is more urgent as around half our rural citizens still can only get dial-up. I thought this was ironic as the speed at the conference hotel had slowed down to dial-up also!

I missed most of response, as both the wireless and mobile Internet connections were frozen so had to reboot my laptop.

Conference Chair is doing a show and tell of technology from the past – the slide show projectors we used to use to show off our holidays, and the telex machines etc etc. You do forget how much the world has changed!

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7 Responses to “Joyce address to NZCS conference”

  1. IHStewart (388 comments) says:

    Wow $2 a year lets go for it :)

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  2. MyNameIsJack (2,415 comments) says:

    Steven Joyce spoke on how Governments are not good at innovation – tried that in an experiment known as the Soviet Union.

    He may just as well have said “Corporations are not good at innovation – tried that in an experiment known as Enron.
    Tyco. Sausage Software.

    he could have then gone on to say Governments are ëxcellent at innovation – see the WWW. NASA. CSIRO (before being flogged off).

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  3. Galeandra (30 comments) says:

    Attaboy Jack. Joyce would rather an easy cliche than expect his audience to think- too much commercial radio in his veins.

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  4. Ben Wilson (523 comments) says:

    Course we couldn’t have this discussion if a Government hadn’t invented the internet, but as you were.

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  5. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    …this is a guy who’s supposed to be our Tertiary Education Minister and he sounds like a blogger for No Minister.

    Dim Post

    Gawd.

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  6. The Linesman (6 comments) says:

    “Steven Joyce spoke on how Governments are not good at innovation…”
    How embarrassing.

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  7. swan (651 comments) says:

    “Steven Joyce spoke on how Governments are not good at innovation”

    Nice one Joyce. I am sure we would have got the internet much faster if the damn Pentagon had left it to the private sector.

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