Friends, the end of the year is upon us. 2019 has been an exciting and, at times, challenging year. There’s been plenty of work to do to help New Zealanders harness the power of the Internet, while also thinking about how we build an Internet for the good of us all.
NetHui 2019 is over - we managed to pack a few months of planning and hard work into two days full of breakout sessions, panel discussions and keynotes. Looking back on it, it was the best NetHui ever, and we aim to make the next one even better.
$15,000 was available to fund individuals or organisations attending conferences and events related to the development of the Internet. We are pleased to be able support these individuals with their growth of knowledge and networks in the Internet space.
Filtering porn out of the Internet is back in the news again. To cut to the chase - don’t break the Internet in response to moral outrage about porn. There are other answers and solutions; the most important of which involve New Zealanders using the large number of solutions they have at their own disposal to manage content in their homes and with their families.
For this funding year, $100,000 was available for individuals or organisations whose research is focused on the Internet. The latest Internet research round opened at NetHui in November 2017. We received 39 interesting and high quality applications, including technical, legal and social sciences research on the Internet and its uses.