Confidence/competence in e-govt?

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Steve B, Jan 22, 2006.

  1. Steve B

    Steve B Guest

    www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3544403a28,00.html

    >The Labour Department sent nearly 3000 virus-infected e-mails to unsuspecting
    >members of the public after its website was breached by a hacker.
    >
    >The e-mails, all with the subject line "Important Update Information", asked
    >people who subscribed to newsletters published by the department to download
    >a security program from a link in the message.
    >
    >However, the program was a virus that infected computers, allowing hackers
    >to steal information.


    Isn't "confidence" supposed to be one of the priorities of the govt's
    Digital Strategy?

    >The full potential of information and communication technology can only be
    >realised if all New Zealanders have the confidence to use ICT. This means
    >having the skills to use them in an environment that is safe and secure.


    And, irony upon irony, the www.digitalstrategy.govt.nz site has, as
    one of its latest news items "Genuine skill shortage in IT -"Dept of
    Labour"

    www.dol.govt.nz/PDFs/professional-report-it.pdf

    Steve B.
    Steve B, Jan 22, 2006
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  2. "Steve B" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3544403a28,00.html
    >
    >>The Labour Department sent nearly 3000 virus-infected e-mails to
    >>unsuspecting
    >>members of the public after its website was breached by a hacker.
    >>
    >>The e-mails, all with the subject line "Important Update Information",
    >>asked
    >>people who subscribed to newsletters published by the department to
    >>download
    >>a security program from a link in the message.
    >>
    >>However, the program was a virus that infected computers, allowing hackers
    >>to steal information.

    >
    > Isn't "confidence" supposed to be one of the priorities of the govt's
    > Digital Strategy?
    >
    >>The full potential of information and communication technology can only be
    >>realised if all New Zealanders have the confidence to use ICT. This means
    >>having the skills to use them in an environment that is safe and secure.

    >
    > And, irony upon irony, the www.digitalstrategy.govt.nz site has, as
    > one of its latest news items "Genuine skill shortage in IT -"Dept of
    > Labour"
    >
    > www.dol.govt.nz/PDFs/professional-report-it.pdf
    >
    > Steve B.



    Hmm, then, why would I have difficulty getting an IT Job here in NZ if there
    is such a skills shortage.

    Luckily (from personal effort), I have my own business so don't need to
    worry about finding a job. But, colleagues have indicated there is very
    little work around for rates comparable to say 10 years previous.
    news.xtra.co.nz, Jan 23, 2006
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  3. Steve B

    Steve Guest

    On Mon, 23 Jan 2006 14:39:05 +1300, news.xtra.co.nz wrote:

    >
    > "Steve B" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >> www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3544403a28,00.html
    >>
    >>>The Labour Department sent nearly 3000 virus-infected e-mails to
    >>>unsuspecting
    >>>members of the public after its website was breached by a hacker.
    >>>
    >>>The e-mails, all with the subject line "Important Update Information",
    >>>asked
    >>>people who subscribed to newsletters published by the department to
    >>>download
    >>>a security program from a link in the message.
    >>>
    >>>However, the program was a virus that infected computers, allowing hackers
    >>>to steal information.

    >>
    >> Isn't "confidence" supposed to be one of the priorities of the govt's
    >> Digital Strategy?
    >>
    >>>The full potential of information and communication technology can only be
    >>>realised if all New Zealanders have the confidence to use ICT. This means
    >>>having the skills to use them in an environment that is safe and secure.

    >>
    >> And, irony upon irony, the www.digitalstrategy.govt.nz site has, as
    >> one of its latest news items "Genuine skill shortage in IT -"Dept of
    >> Labour"
    >>
    >> www.dol.govt.nz/PDFs/professional-report-it.pdf
    >>
    >> Steve B.

    >
    >
    > Hmm, then, why would I have difficulty getting an IT Job here in NZ if there
    > is such a skills shortage.
    >
    > Luckily (from personal effort), I have my own business so don't need to
    > worry about finding a job. But, colleagues have indicated there is very
    > little work around for rates comparable to say 10 years previous.


    Same as the rest of the world, then. What's your point?
    Steve, Jan 23, 2006
    #3
  4. "Steve" <> wrote in message
    news:p...
    > On Mon, 23 Jan 2006 14:39:05 +1300, news.xtra.co.nz wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> "Steve B" <> wrote in message
    >> news:...
    >>> www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3544403a28,00.html
    >>>
    >>>>The Labour Department sent nearly 3000 virus-infected e-mails to
    >>>>unsuspecting
    >>>>members of the public after its website was breached by a hacker.
    >>>>
    >>>>The e-mails, all with the subject line "Important Update Information",
    >>>>asked
    >>>>people who subscribed to newsletters published by the department to
    >>>>download
    >>>>a security program from a link in the message.
    >>>>
    >>>>However, the program was a virus that infected computers, allowing
    >>>>hackers
    >>>>to steal information.
    >>>
    >>> Isn't "confidence" supposed to be one of the priorities of the govt's
    >>> Digital Strategy?
    >>>
    >>>>The full potential of information and communication technology can only
    >>>>be
    >>>>realised if all New Zealanders have the confidence to use ICT. This
    >>>>means
    >>>>having the skills to use them in an environment that is safe and secure.
    >>>
    >>> And, irony upon irony, the www.digitalstrategy.govt.nz site has, as
    >>> one of its latest news items "Genuine skill shortage in IT -"Dept of
    >>> Labour"
    >>>
    >>> www.dol.govt.nz/PDFs/professional-report-it.pdf
    >>>
    >>> Steve B.

    >>
    >>
    >> Hmm, then, why would I have difficulty getting an IT Job here in NZ if
    >> there
    >> is such a skills shortage.
    >>
    >> Luckily (from personal effort), I have my own business so don't need to
    >> worry about finding a job. But, colleagues have indicated there is very
    >> little work around for rates comparable to say 10 years previous.

    >
    > Same as the rest of the world, then. What's your point?
    >



    you need it in b&W????

    Govt says...

    >>And, irony upon irony, the www.digitalstrategy.govt.nz site has, as
    >> one of its latest news items "Genuine skill shortage in IT -"Dept of
    >> Labour"


    Point is, reality is not like that.
    news.xtra.co.nz, Jan 23, 2006
    #4
  5. Steve B

    Gordon Guest

    On Mon, 23 Jan 2006 14:39:05 +1300, news.xtra.co.nz wrote:

    > Luckily (from personal effort), I have my own business so don't need to
    > worry about finding a job. But, colleagues have indicated there is very
    > little work around for rates comparable to say 10 years previous.


    Now it appears to me that someone is out of date with the market rates, by
    your own admission.
    Gordon, Jan 23, 2006
    #5
  6. Steve B

    Steve Guest

    On Mon, 23 Jan 2006 18:03:49 +1300, news.xtra.co.nz wrote:

    >
    > "Steve" <> wrote in message
    > news:p...
    >> On Mon, 23 Jan 2006 14:39:05 +1300, news.xtra.co.nz wrote:
    >>
    >>>
    >>> "Steve B" <> wrote in message
    >>> news:...
    >>>> www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3544403a28,00.html
    >>>>
    >>>>>The Labour Department sent nearly 3000 virus-infected e-mails to
    >>>>>unsuspecting
    >>>>>members of the public after its website was breached by a hacker.
    >>>>>
    >>>>>The e-mails, all with the subject line "Important Update Information",
    >>>>>asked
    >>>>>people who subscribed to newsletters published by the department to
    >>>>>download
    >>>>>a security program from a link in the message.
    >>>>>
    >>>>>However, the program was a virus that infected computers, allowing
    >>>>>hackers
    >>>>>to steal information.
    >>>>
    >>>> Isn't "confidence" supposed to be one of the priorities of the govt's
    >>>> Digital Strategy?
    >>>>
    >>>>>The full potential of information and communication technology can only
    >>>>>be
    >>>>>realised if all New Zealanders have the confidence to use ICT. This
    >>>>>means
    >>>>>having the skills to use them in an environment that is safe and secure.
    >>>>
    >>>> And, irony upon irony, the www.digitalstrategy.govt.nz site has, as
    >>>> one of its latest news items "Genuine skill shortage in IT -"Dept of
    >>>> Labour"
    >>>>
    >>>> www.dol.govt.nz/PDFs/professional-report-it.pdf
    >>>>
    >>>> Steve B.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> Hmm, then, why would I have difficulty getting an IT Job here in NZ if
    >>> there
    >>> is such a skills shortage.
    >>>
    >>> Luckily (from personal effort), I have my own business so don't need to
    >>> worry about finding a job. But, colleagues have indicated there is very
    >>> little work around for rates comparable to say 10 years previous.

    >>
    >> Same as the rest of the world, then. What's your point?
    >>

    >
    >
    > you need it in b&W????
    >
    > Govt says...
    >
    >>>And, irony upon irony, the www.digitalstrategy.govt.nz site has, as
    >>> one of its latest news items "Genuine skill shortage in IT -"Dept of
    >>> Labour"

    >
    > Point is, reality is not like that.


    I think the real problem is where government and reality mix... well that
    and some of the idiots who think they're IT specialists ( but that's
    another story! ).

    IMO, if you want a big salary, move to Europe or the States. If you want a
    life, stay here.

    Personally, I've chosen to have a life, and the 10-fold drop in salary to
    what I had 10 years ago. Not only are salaries a fraction of what they
    were worldwide in the middle of the .com boom, but salaries are much lower
    here than in Europe ( can't comment on the States, 'cos I've never worked
    there ), and Oz from what I've heard.

    My reading of your post was that you were emigrating, and having problems
    find work at an acceptable salary. Forgive me if I was wrong.

    Steve.
    Steve, Jan 23, 2006
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