$100,000 of grants given to Internet research

A blog post from Andrew Cushen, Outreach and Engagement Director at InternetNZ.

The Internet research grant recipients for 2017/18 have now been confirmed. InternetNZ is excited to support the seven successful applicants in their research.

For this funding year, $100,000 was available for individuals or organisations whose research is focused on the Internet. The latest Internet research round opened at NetHui in November 2017. We received 39 interesting and high quality applications, including technical, legal and social sciences research on the Internet and its uses.

After careful assessment by InternetNZ’s Grants Committee and External assessors, a decision by the InternetNZ Council was made. We are happy to announce the following recipients:


Dr. Holly Randell-Moon from Media and Information Literacy ($7,179)

Digital Divide/s: Indigenous communities, digital infrastructure, and creative futures. This project investigates some innovative information and communication technologies (ICT) strategies in Aotearoa New Zealand used by Indigenous organisations to create opportunities for sustainability.


Dr. Philippa Smith from Auckland University of Technology ($6,686)

Freedom of speech on the Internet – where do we draw the line? This research analyses inappropriate online behaviour to gain a better understanding about its impact on the notion of freedom of speech which has implications for every user of the Internet.


Dr. Aniket Mahanti from University of Auckland ($10,000)

Longitudinal study of adoption of Top-level Domain (TLD) Names and Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC). Past research has primarily focused on understanding technical behaviour and properties of DNS requests and responses, DNS security, and usage of TLDs. This research will be the first to look at the adoption of new gTLDs and how these gTLDs have implemented DNSSEC.


Dr. Farkhondeh Hassandoust ($14,840)

Information Security Online: A Critical Evaluation of College Students’ Security Awareness in New Zealand. This proposed research has two interrelated aims: to evaluate and compare students’ actual InfoSec practices and their perception of their own InfoSec awareness, then to design and propose InfoSec awareness programmes (e.g., workshops, brochures, posters) to improve students’ Internet InfoSec knowledge.  


Dr. Haibo Zhang from University of Otago ($25,000)

Accurate synchronization for coherent joint transmission to provide better mobile Internet service. This research aims to develop efficient solutions for coherent joint transmission in 5G networks, where multiple Access Points (APs) cooperate to perform simultaneous data transmission to a single user device to achieve high-quality communication.


Dr. Simone Rodda from University of Auckland ($25,000)

To research behaviour change strategies for Internet Addiction: An exploratory study. The study will provide preliminary evidence as to the feasibility of self-managed treatment using action and coping planning for Internet Addiction. And will help to determine whether a large-scale trial should be undertaken in the future.


Dr. Yun Sing Koh from University of Auckland ($10,500)

Investigating Changes in Phishing Models for Social Networks. The aim of this research is to develop a robust spam phishing detection system to investigate how the New Zealand community is affected by spam phishing in social networks.


We congratulate these applicants for your time, energy and expertise to help build a better world through a better Internet.  

Our next round of grants will be open later this year. Find out more about our community grants programme here.