Ben Creet's blog

Policy team responding to Christchurch call

Last week Dr Ellen Strickland blogged about how InternetNZ has been engaging with the Christchurch Call. Here in the Policy team, we’re a part of that work and we wanted to follow up Ellen’s blog with an update on what we’ve heard from our members, and the things we’re thinking about when it comes to regulatory change here in New Zealand.

Johnny Foreigner and our elections

Last week we submitted to Parliament’s Justice Committee on the topic of foreign interference in our elections.

Talking to Parliament about disinformation

We briefly spoke about local government's desire to trial online voting, but primarily we appeared to make one major point - the Committee, Parliament and our government agencies need to be thinking about influence campaigns and "fake news", or more importantly - disinformation.

Links and thinks: censorship and a surveillance landmark in the US

Hi there Internet whānau, last week there were a couple of really interesting and thought provoking stories that came up. So, get a cuppa and let’s elucidate about censorship (bad), then dive into a recent US Supreme court case about unwarranted surveillance (bad, and under threat).

Links and Thinks: AI, EU and you

AI, it's so hot right now even Hansel doesn't stand a chance. There's been plenty of media

RightsCon 2018: a review

Last week I went to RightsCon2018 in Toronto, Canada. I'm back, rested and un-jetlagged (mostly) so I figured I'd take some time to reflect on RightsCon.

RightsCon 2018: Day One

What's a RightsCon you ask? It's a global conference, similar in style to the Internet Governance Forum or NetHui, but focussed on human rights online.

Links & thinks: refreshing the cybersecurity strategy

The Government has announced a refresh of the National Cybersecurity Strategy (the Strategy). Released in 2015, the current strategy has made some good progress, but with a new Government and a new Minister, there is a desire to undertake a refresh.

Links and thinks: satellites, shutdowns, and whistleblowers (oh my)

Kia ora koutou and welcome to this weeks links and thinks. We've been reading and talking about satellite Internet (and space), Bali's Internet shutdown (kind of), Cambridge Analytica's use of facebook, the crypto wars and of course, some schadenfreude about cryptocurrencies.

Links and Thinks... and fears?

Kia ora koutou and it's another sunny, rainy day in Aotearoa. Recently there's been a fair bit of Internet-y news that is either a) thought-provoking, or b) down-right troubling. So brace yourselves, here there by badness and cynicism.