The UK has just set up a National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which is based in London, but is a business unit of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), Britain's signals intelligence agency, and a partner of the GCSB here.
The Internet creates lots of great opportunities for communication and for commerce - but that’s no good if you can’t get a good Internet service at a reasonable price. The government is currently reviewing the rules in this area - from 2020, these rules will determine how good our services are, and how much we pay for them. InternetNZ is engaging with that process to support better services, at fair prices, throughout New Zealand.
Every year we enter into strategic partnerships with organisations that align with our vision and goals. We work with these partners on a range of issues and provide funding so that they can keep doing what they do best.
We're pleased to announce our strategic partners for the 2016/2017 financial year. We're providing them with $280,000 over the year to ensure they are able to make improvements to the Internet and technology sector.
We are very excited to have Niels ten Oever visiting New Zealand next week. Niels is an international expert in human rights in a digital world, and is the Head of Digital at Article 19, an international organisation dedicated to defending freedom of expression and information.
Right now, the Government is part-way through a review of the Telecommunications Act. This will set rules for how broadband services operate in New Zealand, ultimately determining the quality of services we all get and the prices we pay for them. It’s a complicated process and as a nation we need to take the time now to get it right.
Phew, now that we're done giving up our weekly blog spot to guests to talk about ISP Spotlight we're back into our weekly round-ups of Internet access, use and security stories that have caught our eyes recently.