dotNews - August 2016

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...

  • Registrations for NetHui are now open 
  • Apply for an Internet community grant by 28 August 
  • Come along to our next event - harassment and the Internet
  • Our latest project making it easier for companies to complete transparency reports 
  • InternetNZ's new elected Council for 2016/17.

NetHui logo

Register now for NetHui 

We are so excited to be taking NetHui on the road in 2016, and can't wait to visit Nelson, South Auckland and Rotorua in October to bring one-day NetHui events to these local communities. Registrations are now open for all three events, and we can't wait to see the local communities there.

Our NetHui roadtrip is all about expanding our horizons and making sure we hear a variety of voices from the Internet community. More info on dates, venues and locations are on the NetHui website. Tickets are only $25 so everyone from business owners, educations providers and people from the public interested in the Internet can participate. So make sure you take part in NetHui and register for one or more of the events today.

Register now!

Community grants - apply before 28 August

community grants logoInternetNZ supports the Internet community with a range of community grants. At the moment grants for 'community projects' and 'conference attendance' are available and applications are open until midnight on the 28 August. 

We have $15,000 available for conference attendance and $100,000 available for community projects that benefit the Internet and its users. 

If this sounds like you, or someone you know, make sure to get an application in before 28 August. We'll be announcing the conference attendance recipients in late September and community project recipients will be announced in late November.

Online Information Sessions
Online information sessions (aka webinar) about the current InternetNZ Community Grants Round will be held next week.

Applications close Monday 28 August so this is a great chance to ask any questions you may have about your application or the process before applications are due.

Staff will provide an overview of the Community Grants criteria and process and then have time for questions from webinar attendees. Two webinar times are available:

  • Tues 23 August 12.30- 1.15pm
  • Thurs 25 August 5.30- 6.15pm

Webinars will be held on Skype. If you would like to attend please email gertrud@internetnz.net.nz to register

Attend our next event - Harassment and the Internet

event logoOur next speaker series - harassment and the Internet - is happening on 8 September. 

Online harassment is an unfortunate reality for many Internet users, especially women. We'll be hosting a session looking at how harassment can be prevented and dealt with, and how we can address the harm it causes. The event will feature Niels ten Oever, Head of Digital at Article 19, and Ruth MacIntrye, Digital Media Advisor at Women's Refuge as panellists. We'll also have representatives from NetSafe and Justice sharing their perspectives on the social and policy layers of Internet harassment, and the challenges of balancing this with freedom of speech on the Internet. 

The free event will take place at our Wellington offices and also online via live-stream. 

Registrations are open. RSVP here

Easy Transparency project to highlight government surveillance 

InternetNZ has released our Easy Transparency project, which builds on from earlier work on ISP Spotlight and Towards a world without mass surveillance. Transparency reporting simply means an organisation reporting on the number of times government agencies asks them to hand over customers personal information - and how many times that organisations approves or denies these requests.

Easy Transparency is a set of tools that will make it easier for New Zealand organisations to complete transparency reports. We believe it's important for organisations to complete these reports so that New Zealanders are able to see how often their information is requested by government agencies and if mass surveillance is happening here in New Zealand. Transparency reports are a healthy part of a modern democracy, as independent parties are able to access the information they need to hold the government to account over information requests.

Currently few New Zealand businesses complete transparency reports. Our Easy Transparency tools and templates have been designed to make it easier for businesses, like Internet providers and banks, to complete transparency reports and begin to publically track government requests for information.    

InterenetNZ Council members for 2016/17 confirmed

InternetNZ's Council is elected by members the organisation - and four spots come available each year. On 29 July we held our Annual General Meeting and saw a competitive race with eleven nominees for the four available spots. Final results saw three Council members re-elected and one new person join Council. Read more in this blog post from our CE Jordan:

New Council 2016/17

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