dotNews - December 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...

  • Announcing our Internet project grant recipients
  • Apply for our research and conference attendance grants
  • Take a look at our refreshed website
  • Check out our new online harassment resource
  • Watch the recording of our Things and the Internet event
  • Read Andrew’s 2016 predictions review
  • Read out NetHui Roadtrip 2016 report
  • Christmas wishes

Announcing our Internet project grant recipients

We are thrilled to announce the successful applicants for the latest Internet projects grants. We gave away $100,000 of funding to people who will work on projects that will support more widely available access to the Internet and deliver greater or better use of the Internet for New Zealand. We had 43 applicants in this round. Read our latest blog post to find out more about the successful recipients and their projects: $100,000 granted to make the Internet better in NZ

Apply for our research and conference attendance grant rounds

Our 2016-17 research and conference attendance rounds are now open. If you would like to attend an Internet related conference or conduct Internet focused research, you can apply for funding. Applications for both rounds close at 9am on 16 January 2017. More info can be found here.

We also provide sponsorship for Internet related events. If you are hosting an Internet related event before 31 March 2017, we are accepting sponsorship proposals. For more information please visit  

Take a look at our refreshed website

Our website has had a refresh! The new layout better showcases the work we do making it more user-friendly! Take a look here.

If you have any feedback about the new website please email

Check out our new online harassment resource

Following our Harassment and the Internet event back in September, we have created a useful one-pager explaining how online harassment can be defined, the options people have to report instances of online harassment and some general rules for online etiquette. Take a look here.

Watch the recording of our Things and the Internet event

Last week we hosted our final speaker series for the year: Things and the Internet. Our panel discussed privacy, security, ethics, innovation and skills around the Internet of Things. You can view the full recording here.

We’re pleased to announce that our speaker series will be back in 2017 so keep an eye out for details of our next event early next year. If you have any topics you'd like to see explored next year, please email with your ideas.

Our new resources page has video recordings and handy resources from our Sex, Death, Harassment and Things events should you wish to re/watch them or check out our accompanying resources.

Read Andrew’s 2016 predictions review

Last year our Deputy Chief Executive, Andrew Cushen, made 10 Internet-related predictions for 2016. A solid 7.5/10 of these predictions came true! Read the full 2016 review here and keep an eye out for his 2017 predictions in our January issue of dotNews.

Read our NetHui Roadtrip 2016 report

A report on the NetHui 2016 Roadtrip is now available online here. The report includes feedback from NetHui participants as well as information about attendance, media coverage highlights, and sponsorship details. We're so pleased the feedback shows the events were overwhelmingly enjoyed.

Have a great Christmas

Thank you to all our stakeholders and members for a wonderful year - it was great to see many of you at our stakeholder functions recently. This year, we will be shutting down at midday on Friday 23 December, returning back on Wednesday 4 January. We wish you all a safe and enjoyable Christmas period and look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

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