dotNews - August 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 next Speaker Series: Democracy and the Internet
  • Applications open for community grants
  • Register now for NetHui 2017!
  • NetHui fellowships are open for applications
  • Read about our InternetNZ election results
  • Join the live-stream for the Digital Future Panel

Register for our next Speaker Series: Democracy and the Internet

It's election year and things are heating up! The Internet plays a huge role in election campaigns and how candidate info and party policies are communicated to us. Come along to our next free Speaker Series event in Auckland or participate in the live-stream from anywhere.

Democracy and the Internet
22 August, 5.30pm - 7pm
Room WA224, AUT City Campus, Auckland

Our panel includes:

  • Nicola Kean, Producer of The Nation
  • Karl Kane, Director of the Design+Democracy Project at Massey University
  • Ryan Ko, Director, New Zealand Institute for Security and Crime Science, and Head of Cyber Security Lab at the University of Waikato
  • Paul Brislen, with his public relations, public affairs, media relations and technology PR experience, will MC the event.

    For more info and to register click here.

    NetHui 2017: registrations are open!

    Registrations for NetHui 2017 are officially open!

    NetHui is known for its low cost of attendance which ensures genuine cross-sector participation and discussion. So tickets for NetHui 2017 are only $55 for the two days. This year we are also introducing a ‘champion ticket’ - for those who would like to support the cause. These champion tickets are $150, and along with your registration, you will receive a NetHui champion name badge and will be acknowledged during the closing ceremony.

    Register here now.

    We are also very excited to announce our keynote speakers for NetHui 2017.

    • All the way from Berlin, we are privileged to host Jillian York – the Director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
    • We are also thrilled to host Pia Waugh who is an open government and data ninja. She is working at the Service Innovation Work Programme to reinvent government services through open source software.

      And...back by popular demand – the brilliant and witty Michele A’Court will be the MC for NetHui 2017.

        NetHui fellowships are open for applications

        We are proud to have a fellowship programme for people who wish to come along to NetHui but who for any reason may struggle on their own means.

        Asia-Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) are our fellowship sponsor and we thank APNIC for their support in making NetHui fellowships possible. The fellowships can help someone pay for travel, accommodation, childcare or other expenses. Fellowships also can provide a free registration.

        This year, we are focusing on bringing more youth, women, Māori and Pasifika to NetHui.

        Applications for NetHui 2017 fellowships are open. For more information and to apply, see the fellowships page.

        InternetNZ election results

        We held our InternetNZ AGM on 27 July. There were four Councillor positions being contested. These positions are for a three-year term (ending at the AGM in July 2020).

        The successful candidates were:

        • Sarah Lee
        • Dave Moskovitz
        • Don Stokes
        • Kate Pearce

        A big congratulations also to Rick Shera who was elected as a Fellow of InternetNZ.

          Thank you to recently departed Councillors Rochelle Furneaux and Hayden Glass.

          Applications open for community grants

          Got a cool Internet-related project or want to attend an Internet-related conference? We have $100,000 in funding to award for Internet projects and $15,000 for conference attendance. Both rounds close next Monday, 21 August, at 4pm.

          More information about our community funding can be found here.

          Digital Future Panel: Political parties and the tech sector

          On 30 August, IT Professionals NZ (ITPNZ), NZTech and us at InternetNZ are bringing together a panel of the main political parties talking about the future of tech and debating which policies are likely to see our sector, and New Zealand, flourish.

          Panelists include the ICT spokespeople from all the major parties:

          • Brett Hudson from the National Party
          • Clare Curran from the Labour Party
          • Gareth Hughes from the Greens
          • A panelist (to be confirmed) from NZ First

          The panel will be facilitated by Rob O'Neill and will be focused on New Zealand's Digital Future, the tech manifesto released by ITPNZ, NZTech, InternetNZ and 17 other national tech bodies in May this year.

            We are sponsoring the live-stream of this event. The link will be available on our website here closer to the date. You will also be able to register to attend the event at this page.

            The panel debate will kick off at 5:30pm.

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