OPINION: Which of National or Labour has the best technology policy? Your answer (and your vote) will depend on how business-friendly you are. National's attitude to tech is so entwined in its trade policy, that it's hard to know what else it stands for in tech. Whereas Labour takes a broader view, founded on values like digital equality and privacy protection. Labour wants technology to be accessible to all New Zealanders, not just corporations.
Since the election is less than two weeks away, let's take a close look at the technology policies of our main political parties. I'll cover digital technology in education and society in today's column, and examine the implications for the economy next week. The National Party has made digital technology in schools a big part of its election pitch. Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced a new school curriculum at the end of June, and it has a heavy focus on technology.
Ten years ago things were looking very promising for the internet. Steve Jobs announced the iPhone in January of 2007, ushering in the Mobile web era. A slew of other major product launches happened that year: Android, Amazon's Kindle, Tumblr, Facebook's developer platform, Dropbox, 23andMe and more. Not to mention Twitter's first tipping point, in March of 2007. It was an incredible year for innovation.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".