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TPP Intellectual Property and Technology/Internet Issues - Report from Meeting with Negotiators

InternetNZ has expressed concerns about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. Based on what we have seen from leaked texts, we are concerned about the process, and we are concerned about the content of parts of the agreement, particularly on intellectual property issues.

This week we and other technology sector organisations met with the New Zealand negotiators working on these issues, to share our concerns, and to hear their assessments of likely outcomes should the TPP conclude. Our news from this discussion is mixed.

Desperately seeking silver linings?

The TPP, transparency and minimising the downside for the Internet community

Lately we’ve been asking ourselves what should we at InternetNZ be doing about the TPP. If it's seemed like we've been a bit quiet on the issue, it's only because we’ve been been internalising some pretty complicated situations in our heads.

Guest Post: The times, they are a’changing…

This Guest Post is from InternetNZ Member, Don Hollander.

The domain name space is changing – both globally and within New Zealand – and we’re not keeping up.

What more is to be done for Rural Internet?

... is a question I've been working on a lot recently, and in particular through a number of engagements that I'd like to tell you all about. 

Copy wrong? Copy right.

Copyright. Its a big issue in an Internet context for a few reasons:

The ANZIAs are coming! The ANZIAs are coming!

Exciting times ahead - New Zealand is the host of this year's Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards, the ANZIAs! The ANZIAs will be held on 27 August, in Auckland at St Matthews in the City.

Parliament, Legislation, and the Internet

Wellington's BeehiveEarlier this week, I presented to a group of 15 Parliamentarians, plus a couple of dozen staffers, at an event we co-sponsored called the Parliamentary Digital Bootcamp. This was an initiative that we partnered with Google and Facebook on, designed to educate new MPs on how they can utilise the Internet in their work.

WikiNZ, and our new Internet data portal

PortalWhile we are talking about cool launches, big ups to Wiki New Zealand for their relaunch the other day. That is one gorgeous looking new website: http://wikinewzealand.org/