Stories by Stephen Bell

Student exposes NZ govt Web site shortcomings

The winner of the New Zealand Computer Society's (NZCS) annual Wellington-based honors student research contest has claimed his award by uncovering shortcomings in accessibility of government Web sites for disabled and other disadvantaged users.

Aussie anti-spam law working, NZ to follow suit

Spam volumes in Australia continue to be high, but the proportion of worldwide spam coming from Australia has dropped since the passing of the Spam Act in 2003, says the Australian government's Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (DCITA).

New Zealand shows how to guard against domain name scoundrels

The latest ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) meeting, which was held in Morocco last week, heard about the dangers associated with the growing secondary market in domain name resale. It heard about two cases where a Cub Scout site and one for a women's refuge were, legitimately, acquired by pornographic website operators.

Electronic approval takes seconds, not weeks

Web services and XML are being used to implement a much faster process for the approval of risky or expensive medicines by local New Zealand health authorities - a system said to be ahead of most in the world.