dotNews - April 2017

Welcome to dotNews - our monthly newsletter - giving you a brief update of what's happening in the world of New Zealand's Internet.

This dotNews includes...

  • Register for our Tech Week Speaker Series: Food and the Internet
  • Come along to our joint Speaker Series with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner
  • Announcing our Internet research grant recipients
  • Read our analysis of the RBI2 bids

Tech Week Speaker Series: Food and the Internet

Lettuce dazzle you this Techweek at our next Speaker Series event, Food and the Internet.

Thursday 11 May, 12pm-1.30pm

PricewaterhouseCoopers Tower, 113-119 The Terrace, Wellington

Even we can admit food is more important than the Internet!

The Internet has changed the way we access food - think online supermarket shopping, food bloggers (when was the last time you used a cookbook?), nutrition info at your fingertips and what your friend had for dinner last night plastered over social media.

What is considered food? Your genetically modified chicken? Your meat made in a lab? 3D printed meals? (Yes, this is a thing!)

Panelists include:

  • Emma Foley, who launched UberEATS here in NZ, will discuss the impact that the Internet is having on the food market, and opportunities for entrepreneurs

  • Collier Isaacs, Farm IQ will talk about what is happening overseas with farm to plate tech and what the main opportunities for NZ are

(with more to be announced)

Come along to an eat and greet with us, and yes, there will be food. Or, if you can't make it in person, you can watch on our live-stream (link to be posted on our website here).

You can RSVP for this event here before Monday 8 May: Food and the Internet

Now that’s some food for thought.

Privacy Week Speaker Series: Privacy and the Internet

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner and InternetNZ together bring you a Speaker Series and PrivacyLive collaboration during this year’s Privacy week (8-12 May).

Privacy and the Internet

9 May, 12pm-1pm

InternetNZ offices, Level 11, 80 Boulcott St, Wellington

Come along to hear from Angela Webster, Education Advisor at Netsafe, on her research into pre-teens and privacy.

Ben Creet Issues Manager of InternetNZ, will discuss direct messaging apps and which ones are actually private!

The event will be chaired by Jordan Carter, CE of InternetNZ. RSVP for this event before Thursday 4 May here: Privacy and the Internet

Announcing our Internet research grant recipients

We are very excited to announce the successful applicants for the latest Internet research grants. We’ve awarded over $100,000 to fund people undertaking research projects that can help in creating a better Internet for us all.

We received nearly 30 applications - all of which were very interesting and worthy of grants. Check out the successful recipients in our blog here: More than $100,000 given for Internet research

RBI2: Who wants to make a bang with the bucks

The second phase of the Rural Broadband Initiative aims to address the challenge of providing better Internet to rural New Zealanders. The Government has committed to spend $100 million on this second phase of RBI, alongside another $50 million for the Mobile Blackspots Fund.

Read Andrew’s blog on the bidders, what they say they want to do if they win the bid and what sounds good and what will be challenging about each of the bids.

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