That New Zealand Treasury Hacking – It Was The Site’s Search Function

We are all aware of what the selling point of technocratic, even social democratic, government is. Put all the bright people into government, give them access to our wallets and watch, amazed, as they solve our problems for us. We might even call this The Courageous State or the like.

Then we have the governments we do in fact have. With little evidence that we’ve attracted the very brightest to the calling.

The alleged “systematic” hack of New Zealand’s budget papers turns out to be nothing more sinister than a bit of internet searching.

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How Can A Google Search Be Antisemitic?

The latest claim is that we’re all using the search engines – Google is the exemplar – to show how antisemitic we are. The problem here being that it’s not in fact possible for a search to be pro- or anti- anything. If I or you search for “No more broccoli” are we thereby signalling our intent to never let the beastly stuff pass our lips? Thereby triggering protests from the Broccoli Growers of America? Or are we researching George Bush, the one who just died?…

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