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Issues round-up: speeds, laptops and cross-border digital markets

A blog post from Ben Creet, Senior Issues Advisor at InternetNZ
7 June 2016

Kia ora koutou,

Another blog with some articles that have caught the issues team's attention over the last week or so. 

Towards a world without mass surveillance

EFF image

A blog post from Ben Creet, Senior Issues Advisor at InternetNZ
1 June 2016

What the EFF are trying to do here makes a lot of sense to us. So I was tasked with analysing their plan, gauging whether we can do something to help and then identifying what parts of it we can contribute to.

Issues round-up: connected cars, Swift loses money, and the right to be forgotten

Kia ora koutou,

Another short post on a couple of stories that have caught our attention here in the Issues team. Enjoy and have a great week!

It's privacy week

It’s privacy week and the theme is “privacy in your hands.” We'll be attending a bunch of Privacy week events (I'm personally looking forward to Tuesday's talk about ransomware). So, with privacy on my mind and my mind on privacy here is a couple of recent stories and tools have bubbled up which y’all might be interested in.

Issues weekly: remote working, buttons, locks and canaries

Kia ora koutou,

This week us in the issues team have been thinking and talking about remote working (we are in two cities after all), open data, warrant canaries dying in the Internet mines and snappy logos for vulnerabilities.

Broadband, printing in space and FBiOS comes to a close

Kia ora koutou, Ben here with a short blog from the Issues team on some stories and developments that have caught our eye recently.

Fixed vs Wireless broadband

Bill Bennett did a couple of articles over the long weekend that I think deserve a mention. Bill wrote about Akamai’s State of the Internet and their recorded speeds for NZ’s broadband and mobile networks, and the Commerce Commission’s approval for Spark to buy Whoosh’s rights in the 2300Mhz band (one of the spectrum bands that can deliver 4G mobile Internet).

Weekly blog reboot: the end of free, vid-conferences and TPMs?

Kia ora!

Welcome to the (un)official resumption of the Issues team weekly blogs (well they were hardly official in the first place). This week we’ve been thinking about what free means online, whether we’ll be able to trust video conferences and we’re armpit deep in TPP implementation.

Crypto Wars 2.0: Apple vs FBI & 18th century law

Ben CreetA blog post from Ben Creet, Senior Issues Advisor at InternetNZ
18 February 2016

You may have seen some ‘brouhaha’ (as the media like to call it) online about Apple either: giving the FBI & US courts the finger; that Apple has ‘sided with the terrorists’; Apple are standing up for Freedom, Justice and all that good stuff.

#SecurityForAll

BenCreetA blog post from Ben Creet, Senior Issues Advisor at InternetNZ
19 January 2016

Secure the Internet is an international open letter to global leaders asking them to strengthen the security of communications and systems and: