Over $100,000 of community grants given to Internet research

Ellen StricklandA blog post from Ellen Strickland, Community Programme Director at InternetNZ
10 March 2016 

We are very excited to announce the successful applicants for the latest Internet research community grants. InternetNZ's Internet research grant round for 2015-16 was launched in November 2015 with over $100,000 in funding made available to fund individuals or organisations conducting research projects focused on Internet topics and issues.

We received many interesting and high quality applications, including technical, legal and social sciences research on the Internet and its uses. After careful assessment by the Grants Committee and external assessors and decision by InternetNZ Council, we are very pleased to announce the following recipients.

Ulrich Speidel (University of Auckland) > $20,000
The long-term goal of this research is to improve the utilisation and performance of Internet connections that rely on shared satellite links.

Dr Haibo Zhang > $25,000
This research is to develop efficient solutions to eliminate multipath effects for better quality of mobile Internet services.

Dr Helen Robert (University of Otago) > $14,307
This study investigates the impact of ultrafast broadband and associated ICT innovations to the Dunedin economy.

Karaitiana Taiuru > $3,200
This research will result in a detailed analysis of the 18 Maori ICT groups detailing their structure, who they are, their purpose and history.

Dr Aniket Mahanti > $9,000
This recipient will study the content sharing dynamics in the piracy ecosystem using Internet measurements, and gauge the online media consumption characteristics of New Zealanders through a survey.

Dr Faraz Hasan (Massey University) > $15,000
This is the study of a Universal Mobility Management Framework for future wireless Internet.

Prof Samual Mann (Otago Polytechnic) > $20,000
This research benefits community and business by creating a proven, replicable system using Internet of Things tools to support citizen-driven science projects.

InternetNZ's community grants are an important part of our work to support the community who are developing and using the Internet to benefit Kiwis. We are so happy that we can support New Zealanders and people within our Internet community to conduct research that can help in creating a better Internet for us all. We look forward to seeing the results of these research projects and sharing this information with others.

InternetNZ will announce details of the community grant rounds for 2016-17 next month.