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Security matters to the open Internet, so it matters to us. InternetNZ supports an open, uncapturable Internet. Capture comes in many forms, but an important one is the erosion of trust. Having an Internet which is trusted by the community is essential to build our vision of a better world through a better Internet.

Issues roundup: The Internet has freedom, (de)anonymisation and backing it all up

Kia ora koutou, welcome to another issues team roundup blog in which we highlight a selection of the access, use and security stories that have caught our eye recently. This blog includes the Internet and a new found freedom, (de)anonymisation and backing it all up.

UK national Internet filter: a chill runneth up my spine

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.

Issues Roundup: open wifi, losing Melbourne and poor ethics in infosec

A blog post from the InternetNZ issues team with cool things that caught their eye over the weekend. This week: open wifi, losing Melbourne and poor ethics in infosec.

Issues Round-up: FCC loses, 111 calls, #CensusFail and human rights online

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.

We're making transparency reporting easier

Ben CreetA blog post from Ben Creet, Issues Manager at InternetNZ
2 August 2016

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.

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.

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.