Russell Brown

Russell Brown is journalist, music writer and media commentator. He is the owner of the Public Address community of blogs, and writes the blog Hard News.

NZ Post
Jun 21, 2021

The people power behind Aotearoa's delivery machine

Even as NZ Post makes major strides into the future, its driving force is still a human one.

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NZ Post
Jun 14, 2021

More, faster: How NZ Post is learning, growing and evolving

After a year like no other, NZ Post is preparing to move its brand firmly into the future.

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NZ Post
Jun 8, 2021

Cheat sheet: How is NZ Post preparing for the future of delivery?

NZ Post has just announced that its Post, Rural Post, CourierPost and Pace brands will soon be combined under the single NZ Post brand. Here's why.

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Politics
Apr 13, 2021

Little’s inaction is absurd – New Zealand needs drug law reform now

If Andrew Little cannot bear to front this himself, he should be moved aside by his prime minister.

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Business
Apr 13, 2021

How Kiwibank is supporting customers who want help with problem gambling

When the country went into lockdown, some were glad to take a break from gambling. Others moved their problematic habits online.

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Vodafone Great Barrier
Feb 18, 2021

The challenge to connect the remote corners of New Zealand

Russell Brown goes off the grid on Great Barrier Island to see out what it takes to get the local community online and connected.

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Society
Jan 20, 2021

Why we should cheer the grounding of the annual helicopter cannabis hunt

This commendable and realistic decision again underlines that it is the police, not government, who are largely responsible for the reduction in cannabis prosecutions.

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Unilever
Nov 11, 2020

Removing the stain of climate change from washing products

Unilever is on a mission to eliminate fossil-derived carbon from all of its cleaning products by 2030.

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NortonLifeLock
Nov 2, 2020

You don’t have to use the dark web to be exposed to its dangers

More than ever, we're at risk of being exposed to online scams, hacks and data leaks. But do we really understand what's at stake?

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ecostore
Aug 25, 2020

Closing the recycling loop, one plastic bottle at a time

To take pressure off New Zealand's swamped recycling system, Ecostore is taking on the responsibility themselves.

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RUSH
Jul 22, 2020

Technology to serve humankind: a New Zealand studio with an ethics-first mission

Russell Brown talks to RUSH Digital about being an ethics-first business in the competitive world of technology design.

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Microsoft
Jan 7, 2020

Building a culture of AI accountability

Russell Brown investigates the government's commitment to transparent and accountable use of algorithms, AI and other sophisticated data techniques.

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Microsoft
Dec 4, 2019

How music algorithms know your taste better than you do

Russell Brown discovers that maybe AI has better taste than humans. 

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Microsoft
Oct 14, 2019

The cancer-fighting, wildlife-protecting, life-saving power of artificial intelligence

Russell Brown speaks to Ben Reid, executive director of the AI Forum, about the role of government in embracing and regulating AI.

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Society
Sep 20, 2019

Paddy Gower’s weed documentary was fun but severely flawed

Writer and cannabis legalisation expert Russell Brown watched episode two of Patrick Gower on Weed, and found it highly entertaining but dangerously light on facts. 

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Microsoft
Sep 13, 2019

How to teach machines humanity and ethics

In the fourth episode of Actually Interesting, The Spinoff’s monthly podcast exploring the effect AI has on our lives, Russell Brown speaks to Ana Arriola, general manager and partner at Microsoft AI and Research, about ethics and transparency in tech.

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Chorus
Sep 2, 2019

The man taking Gisborne to Hollywood, and bringing arthouse cinema back

Russell Brown spoke to Dylan Haley about how he's rejuvenating Gisborne's film culture. 

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Microsoft
Aug 20, 2019

Artificial indigenous intelligence: putting te ao Māori at the centre of tech

In the third episode of Actually Interesting, The Spinoff’s monthly podcast exploring the effect AI has on our lives, Te Aroha Grace talks to host Russell Brown about the Iwi Algorithm.

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Microsoft
Aug 1, 2019

Actually Interesting: A machine can make decisions, but can it ever understand why?

In the second episode of Actually Interesting, The Spinoff’s new monthly podcast exploring the effect AI has on our lives, Russell Brown explores how aware machines really are.

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Microsoft
Jun 18, 2019

Actually Interesting podcast: A.I. is everywhere – we just don’t notice it

In the first episode of The Spinoff’s new monthly podcast, Actually Interesting, Russell Brown explores the world of A.I. and the way it’s already affecting our lives.

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Politics
May 7, 2019

What you will – and won’t – be voting for in next year’s cannabis referendum

What will the question be? Will there be legislation and can the government elected in 2020 change it? And are cannabis cafes on the horizon?

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Chorus
Apr 17, 2019

When high speed internet came to town, Māori business grabbed its opportunity

Russell Brown travels to Rotorua, Whakatane and Gisborne to see what data is doing in the regions.

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ActionStation
Apr 12, 2019

This is not the internet you promised us

The livestreamed atrocity in Christchurch has put into sharp focus the pernicious potential of online media, and the ways that misinformation can erode democracy.

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Music
Feb 15, 2019

bFM is turning 50 and other radio stations are still shit

This week the Auckland radio station 95bFM celebrates its 50th anniversary. Russell Brown looks back at the station's history, the hurdles it's overcome, and why it thrived.

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Politics
Jan 23, 2019

As National’s drug czar, will Paula Bennett show good faith, or scaremonger?

The National Party has underscored the importance of the drug law reform debate by appointing its deputy leader to a new role devoted to the issue

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Business
Jan 8, 2019

Summer reissue: A newbie’s guide to buying your first e-bike

The number of e-bikes sold in New Zealand continued to rocket in 2018. So how do you buy one, and what do you need to know before you invest? Russell Brown has the lowdown.

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