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Looking back at ICANN60

ICANN held its latest global public meeting in Abu Dhabi late October through early November, with a few main topics on the agenda.

InternetNZ and the new National Government - where to for the Internet

I've been thinking a lot about the General Election results and what they mean for the Internet in New Zealand. 

First off, we want to congratulate the National Party on their win. We've had a largely positive and constructive relationship with the National Party, particularly in the last year, and we respect Amy Adams as a Minister. We look forward to having an equally constructive relationship with her this term, or with whomever holds the ICT portfolio next.

NetHui South

New Zealand's Internet forum, NetHui, is coming to the South Island in November. 21-22 November in Christchurch will see a gathering of South Islanders interested in shaping the future of the Internet's development, and applying the opportunities the Internet presents to shape Canterbury's future development.

The Greens and the Internet Party

Our third post profiling party election policies deals with the Green Party and the Internet Party.

Certain uncertainty

Things often come in threes - last week was no exception. One of our team members spoke with an international investment group keen to understand the current telco regulatory environment in NZ, read the submissions made on the Commerce Commission Final Pricing Principle (FPP) determination along with a letter from the Commission about the FPP process and finally there was the Appeal Court's judgement and associated media regarding the Chorus appeal on the Commission's Initial Pricing Principle (IPP) determination.

National and United Future

In continuing our scan of ICT policies from the major political parties in Election ’14, this post looks at the National Party and United Future. Again, our goal in these posts is not to be comprehensive, but instead offer a scan of particular highlights. If you’re keen to know more, check the links – otherwise, we have also received survey feedback from a number of parties, which is available here: 

Political party survey responses

In July this year, InternetNZ released our Election '14 and the Internet document, outlining seven key Internet issues for focus and discussion during this year's election and over the next three years.

In order to understand the main political party perspectives on these issues, we have also posed to them a series of specific questions via a policy survey. 

InternetNZ at the Ninth Internet Governance Forum: #IGF2014

This coming week sees the ninth meeting of the United Nations Internet Governance Forum, a bells-and-whistles gathering of the global Internet community. The purpose of the IGF is to bring together the whole range of Internet stakeholders to talk through issues regarding the Internet's ongoing development.

A couple of policies out - NZ First, Labour

I've been paying some attention to the policy releases on Internet issues that political parties have been making as the general election approaches. This is the first of a series of posts that are just designed to draw attention to what parties are promising - not to critique them particularly, but to let members and others know what's out and where to find it.

Two parties in this blog post - New Zealand First, and Labour. 

Privacy: it's worth fighting for

Twelve months ago on Friday last week, a then-unknown NSA analyst released a trove of documents that has impacted the world in a way that is usually the domain of religious screeds.

Edward Snowden has claimed he was appalled at the level of surveillance being conducted by United States and other Government operatives on civilians and other world leaders. Beset by a sense of civic duty, he leaked a vast quantity of information that continues to come out even today. In doing so he created a global conversation that remains unresolved.