It’s been a big year for the Internet. When I look back and think about 2018, it feels that some things that had been stable for a while have started to change. And in that changing environment, InternetNZ has been changing too.
In late November both InternetNZ, who is responsible for .nz policy creation, and the Domain Name Commission, who is accountable for policy enforcement, started that examination process by doing something new and different. Together, we convened New Zealand’s first one-day forum devoted to the topic of domain name abuse.
This week our CE Jordan Carter and I have been attending the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Paris, an annual event where governments, business, technical community, academics and civil society organisations come together under the aegis of the United Nations to talk about Internet policy issues.
$15,000 was available to fund individuals or organisations attending conferences and events related to the development of the Internet. We are pleased to be able support these individuals with their growth of knowledge and networks in the Internet space.
We briefly spoke about local government's desire to trial online voting, but primarily we appeared to make one major point - the Committee, Parliament and our government agencies need to be thinking about influence campaigns and "fake news", or more importantly - disinformation.