Zach Marzouk

Zach Marzouk is a staff writer for IT Pro, Cloud Pro, and Channel Pro where he writes news articles and in-depth feature pieces primarily focused on Asia Pacific and the US. Aside from covering topics like security, privacy, worker rights, and startups, he also contributes to the IT Pro podcast and IT Pro 20/20.

After studying an undergraduate degree in Arabic and Spanish at the University of Leeds, Zach completed a journalism internship at The Argentina Independent in Buenos Aires where he wrote about the country’s history, politics, and technology.

He then joined IT Pro in 2017 where he was introduced to the world of B2B technology as a junior staff writer, before he returned to Argentina in 2018, working in communications and as a copywriter. In 2021, he made his way back to IT Pro as a staff writer during the pandemic.

Contact him at zach.marzouk@futurenet.com or find Zach’s thoughts (and more) on Twitter @ZachMarzouk

Federal Reserve warns foreign centralised digital currencies could decrease global use of dollar
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digital currency

Federal Reserve warns foreign centralised digital currencies could decrease global use of dollar

New report argues CBDCs could level the playing field for private sector innovation but that network security remains a significant challenge
21 Jan 2022
Singapore and Madrid named biggest movers in latest data centre rankings
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data centres

Singapore and Madrid named biggest movers in latest data centre rankings

However Singapore remains one of the most expensive places to buy data centre land in the world
20 Jan 2022
UK and Australia partner on cyber security investment
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Policy & legislation

UK and Australia partner on cyber security investment

The countries are set to invest in infrastructure for Indo-Pacific states as well, in the areas of energy, investment, and technology
20 Jan 2022
Rackspace fortifies APAC footprint with new acquisition
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cloud computing

Rackspace fortifies APAC footprint with new acquisition

The company has acquired Just Analytics, a cloud-based data, analytics and AI firm
19 Jan 2022
IOC defends China Olympics app after 'devastating flaw' revealed
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Security

IOC defends China Olympics app after 'devastating flaw' revealed

The app may even be breaking Google and Apple’s app store policies when it comes to privacy, according to Citizen Lab
19 Jan 2022
US airlines warn of “catastrophic” crisis days before 5G rollout
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5G

US airlines warn of “catastrophic” crisis days before 5G rollout

The companies have warned that the harm from 5G deployment is substantially worse than originally anticipated
18 Jan 2022
NSW ditches e-voting system after glitch left citizens unable to vote
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digital transformation

NSW ditches e-voting system after glitch left citizens unable to vote

The electoral commissioner is also seeking the validity of the results in three councillor elections
18 Jan 2022
Tonga communications could be down for "weeks" following volcanic eruption
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Network & Internet

Tonga communications could be down for "weeks" following volcanic eruption

Tsunami-hit Tonga remains largely uncontactable after internet links were severed by the undersea eruption
17 Jan 2022
Singapore discourages cryptocurrency trading with new regulations
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cryptocurrencies

Singapore discourages cryptocurrency trading with new regulations

It has warned that trading is highly risky due to the fact that prices are subject to sharp speculative swings
17 Jan 2022
Singapore to resume construction on new data centres following energy efficiency review
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data centres

Singapore to resume construction on new data centres following energy efficiency review

New data centres will need to be more resource efficient and existing ones may need to be retrofitted
14 Jan 2022
China to accelerate construction of national integrated big data centre system
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Policy & legislation

China to accelerate construction of national integrated big data centre system

This comes as part of its next five-year plan which underlines the importance of developing the digital economy
12 Jan 2022
IBM ramps up sustainability efforts with Envizi acquisition
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Business strategy

IBM ramps up sustainability efforts with Envizi acquisition

The company is aiming to help customers better measure their environmental impact
12 Jan 2022
Nvidia warns rivals are exploiting uncertainty surrounding Arm’s future
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mergers and acquisitions

Nvidia warns rivals are exploiting uncertainty surrounding Arm’s future

The company claims Intel and AMD have been getting ahead due to the drawn-out regulatory process
11 Jan 2022
Canon to sell chip-free printer cartridges as semiconductor shortage bites
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components

Canon to sell chip-free printer cartridges as semiconductor shortage bites

The company has also revealed how to get around DRM warnings on its products
10 Jan 2022
Chinese laboratory hails 6G breakthrough with record speed test
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Network & Internet

Chinese laboratory hails 6G breakthrough with record speed test

Lab claims results could be used to make existing 5G transfers up to 20 times faster
7 Jan 2022
Google banned from importing patent-infringing tech following Sonos IP victory
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Policy & legislation

Google banned from importing patent-infringing tech following Sonos IP victory

However, it appears Google has been working on product redesigns to circumvent the patents
7 Jan 2022
Google, Facebook fined €210 million for making it difficult for users to reject cookies
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Policy & legislation

Google, Facebook fined €210 million for making it difficult for users to reject cookies

Data regulator CNIL gives companies three months to provide a system for refusing cookies that is as easy as single click consent
6 Jan 2022
Microsoft and Qualcomm to develop custom AR chips for the metaverse
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augmented reality (AR)

Microsoft and Qualcomm to develop custom AR chips for the metaverse

The two companies are looking to expand and accelerate the adoption of AR and Microsoft Mesh
5 Jan 2022
China to introduce cyber security reviews for companies listing overseas
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Security

China to introduce cyber security reviews for companies listing overseas

The country continues to gain oversight of its tech sector as it begins to implement laws proposed last year
4 Jan 2022
US delays 5G rollout over aviation safety concerns
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5G

US delays 5G rollout over aviation safety concerns

The new tech has been delayed following concerns from the aviation industry around the C-Band 5G spectrum
4 Jan 2022
Oracle buys healthcare company Cerner for $28.3 billion
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mergers and acquisitions

Oracle buys healthcare company Cerner for $28.3 billion

The enterprise software company is aiming to use the acquisition as its anchor asset into the healthcare sector
21 Dec 2021
China Mobile aims to raise up to £6.6 billion in Shanghai listing
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Network & Internet

China Mobile aims to raise up to £6.6 billion in Shanghai listing

The moves comes after it was removed from the New York Stock Exchange amid escalating US-China tensions
21 Dec 2021
Australia doubles down on digital economy with $252.5 million investment
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Policy & legislation

Australia doubles down on digital economy with $252.5 million investment

The government is spending more money to transform the country into a modern and leading digital economy by 2030
20 Dec 2021
US pushes for Google and Meta to operate US-APAC undersea cable
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Network & Internet

US pushes for Google and Meta to operate US-APAC undersea cable

The government cited concerns around the Chinese government’s efforts to acquire US citizen personal data when making the recommendation
20 Dec 2021
Why it's time for a three-day working week in 2022
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flexible working

Why it's time for a three-day working week in 2022

Over decades, productivity has risen while wages have stagnated, and work pressures have intensified. Is now the time for change?
14 Dec 2021
Six nations partner to build undersea cable in Pacific
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Network & Internet

Six nations partner to build undersea cable in Pacific

This comes after the US warned the island nations about a bid from a Chinese company last year to build an undersea cable
13 Dec 2021
HCL Technologies accused of underpaying H-1B workers by $95 million per year
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Careers & training

HCL Technologies accused of underpaying H-1B workers by $95 million per year

Report claims the Indian IT outsourcing firm has committed wage theft and called on the federal government to curb abuses of the visa programme
13 Dec 2021
Biden nominates Meg Whitman for ambassador role in Kenya
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Policy & legislation

Biden nominates Meg Whitman for ambassador role in Kenya

The former HPE CEO has plenty of business experience as well as having been involved in politics for a number of years
10 Dec 2021
South Australia government data breached in ransomware attack
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ransomware

South Australia government data breached in ransomware attack

Between 38,000 to 80,000 government employees might have been affected and potentially have had their data posted on the dark web
10 Dec 2021
Over half of UK workers would consider quitting if hybrid working was removed
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flexible working

Over half of UK workers would consider quitting if hybrid working was removed

This comes as UK leaders urge citizens to work from home following the rise of the Omicron variant in the country
9 Dec 2021
NSW to pilot digital tech institute with Microsoft
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Careers & training

NSW to pilot digital tech institute with Microsoft

Australia continues to invest in initiatives that aim to counteract its skill shortage
9 Dec 2021
Australia plans reforms to tackle digital wallets and cryptocurrency regulations
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digital currency

Australia plans reforms to tackle digital wallets and cryptocurrency regulations

The treasurer has warned that if the country doesn’t introduce reforms, it will be Silicon Valley that determines the future of the sector
8 Dec 2021
Apple CEO reportedly signed $275 billion deal with China
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Business strategy

Apple CEO reportedly signed $275 billion deal with China

Tim Cook is said to have signed the agreement in 2016 to avoid regulatory pressure and gain greater access to the Chinese market
8 Dec 2021
Australia to invest $10 million in data tool to tackle skills shortage
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Careers & training

Australia to invest $10 million in data tool to tackle skills shortage

The tool will provide a comprehensive, near real-time view of the country's workforce
7 Dec 2021
Microsoft seizes domains used by Chinese hacking group
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cyber attacks

Microsoft seizes domains used by Chinese hacking group

The tech giant claimed that there’s often correlation between the group’s targets and China’s geopolitical interests
7 Dec 2021
Australia film archive gets $41.9 million to digitise audiovisual heritage
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digitisation

Australia film archive gets $41.9 million to digitise audiovisual heritage

The funding will be used to boost the archive’s cyber security and expand its digital storage capacity too
6 Dec 2021