Blogs

InternetNZ 2017 wrap up

This is an organisation with a pretty simple premise: that from openness comes good, and that the Internet can help create a better world. We’ve had a busy year doing work that can help achieve that vision.

Net Neutrality failure in the U.S. risks hurting all internet users

InternetNZ Chief Executive Jordan Carter has condemned the decision by the United States communications regulator to undo 2015 open Internet rules, warning that all Internet users will end up worse off as a result.

Mapping Digital Divides in New Zealand

This week Communications Minister Clare Curran released "Digital New Zealanders: The Pulse of Our Nation", a report outlining the digital divide in New Zealand.
We welcome the look at how New Zealanders experience digital divides and what we can do as a nation to overcome them. Given the release of the Pulse of the Nation report, our boss Jordan on the radio talking digital divides and then the BIMs coming out - we thought it would be timely to reshare the Digital Divide map we launched in August.

Bsides Wellington 2017: Better understanding “our fellow flesh friends”, for better security outcomes

Last week the inaugural Bsides Wellington was held, an infosec (information security) conference which brings together information security specialists, hobbyists, and policy nerds who are trying to fit in. I went along as an infosec outsider but was never made to feel that way, and instead, I got to join in on the discussion, and use as many bee puns as anyone else. Here are a few highlights from us.

Announcing State of the Internet 2017

Today we’ve published our 2017 State of the Internet report. This report is a look at some key aspects of the Internet in New Zealand. It looks at access to the Internet, and creative uses of the Internet, and has an in-depth look at trust and security issues in New Zealand as the focus for the 2017 edition.

America's Net Neutrality fail

I was on TVNZ's Breakfast programme this morning talking about the forthcoming decisions in Washington DC to remove Obama-era open Internet protections. You can catch the interview on TVNZ's site here.

Looking back at ICANN60

ICANN held its latest global public meeting in Abu Dhabi late October through early November, with a few main topics on the agenda.

A rollercoaster called the TPP

Over the weekend, the Trans-Pacific Partnership was again in the news. A series of different stories veered between very different potential outcomes. It was finally concluded. It was dead, because Canada had called talks off. It was alive, but in a different form. For me, these stories felt a bit like a rollercoaster ride. That's because this agreement with its shifting names has been a big part of my work over the past couple of years.

Hot topics of NetHui 2017: Policies and social implications

How should we run our Internet in a way that is inclusive and as safe as possible for everyone? How do we rebalance rights and interests that new Internet enabled technologies imbalance? What implications could the Internet have on our society, and our rules and norms for living together?

Analog Regulation, Digital World

Authored by Dr Eric Crampton, The New Zealand Initiative and James Ting-Edwards, InternetNZ. The Report will be launched at NetHui 2017. You can check out the report summary here.