The Internet is a global network of networks, allowing people and computers all around the world to communicate. The Internet has a range of unique institutions that were developed to coordinate its functions, and its future, including through multi-stakeholder governance, which brings together governments, businesses, civil society and the technical community, to work together. A range of regional and international processes and laws also impact the Internet and its use.
InternetNZ does international work to help shape the Internet through these processes - to help keep it open and free as a way for New Zealanders to interact and work with others all around the world. We share our New Zealand perspectives in our work globally, and we draw on the lessons of other places and share and use them here at home.
While our international commitment represents a small part of what we do, it is important. No country is on its own in the global Internet.
InternetNZ act, as a respected country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) and as a voice on Internet issues, to help harness the power of the Internet for the benefit of all New Zealanders. We participate in international domain name system (DNS) and Internet Governance work that helps us keep .nz running well and keep the Internet open, secure and for All New Zealanders.
We also advocate for and support broader New Zealand participation in the international fora and processes which help shape the future of the Internet. We offer grants for New Zealand engagement in international events, and we work to be a part of coordination and, where appropriate, collaboration between stakeholders in New Zealand who participate in international processes and fora, including with government, businesses and community organisations.
International fora and processes we currently participate in, as appropriate, include: ICANN - the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the United Nations Internet Governance Forum, regional and national Internet Governance initiatives, the Christchurch Call, the Asia-Pacific Top Level Domain Association (APTLD), RightsCon, and a range of relevant DNS bodies including CENTR and RIPE and the Domain Name System Operations, Analysis, and Research Center.