Nicola's blog

Links and Thinks: Sci-fi, raybans and SPAAAAACE

This week on the Internet, rich men want to go to space, while building sci-fi dystopias back on Earth. Also, sunglasses! Let's discuss.

Links and Thinks: 10 May 2018

The line that runs through this week's blog is "how dystopic our future becomes depends on what we do next", hitting the topics of encryption, artificial intelligence, and of course, computer games.

Links and Thinks: 17 April 2018

This week we cover the news that many New Zealanders care about: where they can watch rugby. We also take a look at some emerging issues threatening privacy, security and freedom of expression abroad, from the Internet of Things to the censorship of Internet platform users

Links and Thinks: A Cambridge Analytica Long Read

Tech news the world over has been abuzz and aghast at the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica revelations (scandal? brouhaha?). InternetNZ's issues team has been thinking about some of the broader issues that have emerged in the past few weeks and their implications for the Internet.

Links and Deep Thinks: Cryptocurrency and how to ruin it for everybody

Cryptocurrencies have exploded into the mainstream in the last year or so, and this week we take a look at some of the negative repercussions of this rise in digital currencies

Links and Thinks: Webstock, Inclusive Design, and Dystopian (or Optimistic) Futures

Last week, we attended Webstock 2018, which brings together some of the leading thinkers on web development to inspire and challenge participants on a wide variety of technical and social topics. I am using this space this week to profile a few of the speakers who resonated with me.

Tweeting the Public Notices Act

The issues team have built a Twitter bot that will automatically tweet out important public notices, which are announcements required to be made to the public according to New Zealand legislation. Read more about how it works.

UNIGF Wrap Up: What we talk about when we talk about internet governance

This is the third part of the series on our week at the UNIGF. Nicola reflects on the overarching themes from the IGF that she thinks will affect the Internet in 2018

UNIGF Day 1-2: Connecting the Next Billions

This is the second part of the series on our week at the UNIGF. Jordan reflects on the Domain Name System and its future, while Nicola has been thinking about global digital divides.

UNIGF Day 0: A newcomers perspective on the Internet Governance Forum

This week, our CE Jordan Carter and a member of our issues team Nicola Brown are over in Switzerland attending the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (UNIGF). Nicola is jetlagged, but has made some time to update us on Day Zero of #IGF2017