Blogs

ICANN Accountability - the chronology and Dublin thoughts

This post shares a referenced chronology of recent accountability-related milestones in the ICANN environment, and offers some thoughts about the stakes at ICANN's Dublin meeting next week.

You’ve probably had an experience in your life of being part of a difficult or complicated project – sometimes things go into a blur, or after months or years you find it hard to remember the order of significant events.

The Internet and the golden age of surveillance

At the moment, in New Zealand, there is an independent review of our intelligence and security agencies going on. That has brought out some dedicated protest movements (which you can read about below), and a recent early stage public consultation.  This will, hopefully, at some point in the future lead to some positive changes to the New Zealand's intelligence agencies and the laws they operate under.

NZ Cyber Security Challenge a huge hit

A blog post from Ellen Strickland, InternetNZ's Community Programme Director

Cyber SecurityLast Friday, the New Zealand Cyber Security Challenge was held at the University of Waikato, organised by the Cyber Security Researchers of Waikato and Computer Science Student Society.

ICANN Accountability and IANA Stewardship update

This is a brief update on the state of play of the two intertwined processes I’ve written about on and off over the past eighteen months: the IANA stewardship transition and the ICANN accountability improvement process.

On the transition…

The long-titled IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) has pulled together the proposals from the three operational communities affected by the transition. Names, Numbers and Protocols have all set out how they see stewardship after the USA relinquishes its contract with ICANN.

#NZCopyrightComics

Copyright affects what you can do online. A couple of weeks ago we put up a video asking for your input:

Video - passport control at the supermarket

Our comic below raises the same question - how can we develop a copyright law that works for NZ consumers and creative people?

NZ Copyright Comic

Judge content by its character, not its medium

This week Andrew has blogged about Amy Adams' kicking off an ambitious programme of policy review and work that relates to Convergence (read his blog post).

Initial thoughts on convergence

Pretty big news recently in the Government's release of their Exploring Digital Convergence "Green Paper". You've likely already seen our press release on this; in case you didn't its here: https://internetnz.nz/news/digital-convergence-paper-great-first-step

NetHui 2015 – session videos and event report

The 2015 NetHui took place in Auckland's SkyCity Convention Centre from 8-10 July and brought together hundreds of people from New Zealand’s Internet community and even some from far abroad. The theme for the event was “the Internet is everybody’s business” and covered the importance of the Internet to all Kiwis.

We at InternetNZ are very proud to organise and host the annual NetHui event and we were pleased to hear all the positive feedback after this year’s get together.

Passport control at the checkout

Copyright law affects what Kiwis can access and share online. What do you want from copyright law?

Today we put out a video about shopping - about the options New Zealanders have to buy things they want online. Like everyone else in the world, Kiwis enjoy a range of movies, music, TV, and other media. We’re getting used to buying these online, just as easily as we buy food at the supermarket.

TPP Intellectual Property and Technology/Internet Issues - Report from Meeting with Negotiators

InternetNZ has expressed concerns about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. Based on what we have seen from leaked texts, we are concerned about the process, and we are concerned about the content of parts of the agreement, particularly on intellectual property issues.

This week we and other technology sector organisations met with the New Zealand negotiators working on these issues, to share our concerns, and to hear their assessments of likely outcomes should the TPP conclude. Our news from this discussion is mixed.