IGF underway in Brasil

EllenA blog post from Ellen Stickland, Community Programme Director at InternetNZ
11 November 2015

The 10th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is officially underway in Joao Pessoa, Brasil, with the official opening ceremony having just taken place.  The IGF is a multistakeholder, democratic and transparent forum which facilitates discussions on Internet issues. You can read more about the history and purpose of the IGF here: 

Education, CSIRTs and disruption - some stimulating content

Andrew CushenA blog post by Andrew Cushen - 9 November 2015

Welcome to the start of the week all!

Less milk, more kitteh

This blog post is about the TPP, the possible benefits from it, and how we as a country can make WAY more money through using the Internet better(er).

Firstly - if you want to read about how bad or evil the TPP is move along. This honestly isn’t about throwing stones at the TPP. Instead, it’s about showing that while it’s worth decent money to our economy - there are other, even bigger, amounts up for grabs in our economy.
So with that out of the way…

auIGF 2015: James goes to the red planet

Part of our work at InternetNZ is to link up local Internet issues with what’s happening overseas. This month, my own small part of that was to cross the ditch and join our Aussie cousins at auIGF 2015. Like the New Zealand Internet community’s NetHui event, the auIGF is meant to be a forum for a wide range of interested people to share ideas and discuss Internet policy. This year’s theme was “how the Internet is transforming Australian society”.

So, my first overseas work trip to a land baked red, where scientists have recently found signs of water. Or was that a movie I saw?

InternetNZ Comments to the 52nd APECTel Meeting, Auckland

It's been a wee while since I blogged, but I thought I would share with you all the comments I made today at the (to use the full formal title) 52nd Meeting of the APEC Telecommunications and Information Working Group, which is currently being held in Auckland, New Zealand.

As always, keen to discuss these points with our members!


Please note, this statement is not a verbatim copy of InternetNZ’s comments to the Plenary, and instead the notes from which that statement was made.

Vision through the broadband murk

I have said before that things always seem to happen in threes, and so it is again. A month or so ago, the Minister of Communications, Amy Adams, released a discussion document on a review of the Telecommunications Act. This is a fundamental look at how the country regulates the communications sector beyond 2020.

Hopes for Dublin

As the 54th ICANN Meeting in Dublin approaches, CCWG-Accountability member and InternetNZ Chief Executive Jordan Carter sets out his hopes for the meeting, and his firm conviction that a path to consensus and speedy resolution of the accountability debate is open – and should be grabbed. 

It’s crunch time.

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.