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Election 2014 is around the corner

media release from Steven Joyce yesterday reminded me that policy announcements are still coming out from last month's Budget, and that we are on the cusp of the debate really starting to focus on the decisions facing the country at Election 2014:

State surveillance revelations: toward an InternetNZ position

Background 

Since June 2013, the Guardian, the New York Times and Der Spiegel have published a series of revelations that indicate government intelligence agencies have been collecting very large quantities of information from users of the Internet. These allegations have had wide coverage, and include suggestions that various Internet security protocols were weakened to allow easier intelligence gathering. 

Net neutrality

The hot button topic in recent times has been net neutrality; the notion that every data packet is equal. Right now the global Internet community is facing a far bigger threat to net neutrality than ever before and there are a lot of voices making a lot of noise.