ISP Spotlight: why data breach notification?

In this guest blog, looking at the issues behind the ISP Spotlight, New Zealand's Privacy Commissioner John Edwards talks about why it is important that ISPs tell customers when their data is breached.

Losing information, communicating honestly and taking control

If you trusted someone to look after something for you, you'd expect them to tell you if they lost it, right? Personal information is no different. If your ISP loses your information, sends it to the wrong place, has it stolen by hackers or accidentally publishes it, you expect them to tell you.

WHOIS Review - update from Domain Name Commission Ltd Chair

This post is by David Farrar, chairperson of the Board for Domain Name Commission Ltd.

As the third round of consultation on the WHOIS policy has concluded, I thought members and stakeholders would be interested in an update from me as DNCL Chair.  An update from the office has also been published at

I’d like to thank the 65 people and organisations who took the time to make a submission on the third consultation paper.

ICANN56: policy forum in Helsinki

Ellen StricklandBlog post from Ellen Strickland, Community Programme Director at InternetNZ
14 July 2016

Late last month, I attended the first ICANN Policy Forum - the new name and format for the midyear meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). It took place in Helsinki, Finland.

Spotlight on coordinated disclosure

This ISP Spotlight guest blog focusses on coordinated disclosure. It is by Barry Brailey, Chair of the New Zealand Internet Task Force which wrote New Zealand's only guidelines on coordinated disclosure back in 2013.

All software has vulnerabilities. The larger your code base, the more likely your software has bugs. That's why projects like the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) exist. They highlight the 10 most common web application bugs that people code, and train people not to do them.

We need to talk about your killer robot problem

11 July 2016

Over the last few days, the news has been full of articles about the Dallas police department using a robot to deliver, and detonate a bomb in order to end a standoff with an alleged offender.

Three reasons why ISPs should deploy IPv6 now

Guest blog from George Michaelson, Senior R&D Scientist, APNIC
7 July 2016

The need to move to IPv6 is something that ISPs have known about for many years. Despite this, adoption of IPv6 across New Zealand’s ISPs has been low. According to APNIC Labs statistics, current IPv6 capability across NZ’s Internet infrastructure is about 2%.  

The first community grants rounds of 2016 are open!

Nicole Skews-PooleBlog post from Nicole Skews-Poole, Community Programme Liaison at InternetNZ
6 July 2016 

Until midnight 28 August, we are taking applications for 'conference attendance' and 'community projects' grants, worth $15,000 and $100,000 respectively.

Issues round-up: clash of the titans, building blocks and bad judgement?

Doing things this decade

Before we get cracking into the articles and our goofball takes on them I wanted to talk about how the Issues team is trying to do things “this decade”.

Our recent attempt at this is to use Github. Got a blog post? I have to admit, when we started doing using Github I was rather intimidated. But, it turns out old policy analysts can learn new tricks.

ISP Spotlight: conscious consumerism comes to Internet services

A blog post from Ben Creet, Issues Manager at InternetNZ
30 June 2016 

ISP banner imageToday we launched ISP Spotlight - and boy am I proud of this product.