dotNews - July 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...

  • Applications open for community grants
  • Read our encryption discussion starter and position paper
  • Register for our next Speaker Series: Democracy and the Internet
  • Join the live-stream for the Digital Future Panel
  • Find out about our new whakataukī
  • Tell us what you want to see for NetHui 2017
  • Come along to our AGM
  • An update on our organisational review

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 give away for Internet projects and $15,000 for conference attendance. Both rounds close 4pm, 21 August.

More information about our community funding can be found here.

Read our encryption discussion starter and position paper

Encryption is vitally useful for privacy and security on the Internet. Think secure online banking, password storage and secure web pages (https). But it's also being used for bad by some criminals. There are many conversations happening across the world about encryption and it poses the question - what should NZ do about this? Check out our new papers about encryption and let us know your thoughts.

    Register for our next Speaker Series: Democracy and the Internet

    During an election year, the Internet’s potential as a tool for citizen-led democracy, campaigning, activism and potentially even voting becomes more important than ever. Come along to our next Speaker Series event: Democracy and the Internet.

    22 August, 5.30pm - 7pm

    AUT City Campus, Auckland

    Our panel includes:

    • Nicola Kean, Producer of The Nation
    • Karl Kane, Director of the Design+Democracy Project at Massey University

      (with more to be announced)

      Paul Brislen, with his public relations, public affairs, media relations and technology PR experience, will MC the event.

      For more info and to register visit


      Digital Future Panel: Political parties and the tech sector

      IT Professionals NZ (ITPNZ) and NZTech 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
      • Tracey Martin 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. The panel debate will kick off promptly at 5:30pm.

        Our new whakataukī 

        We are very pleased to have been gifted a whakataukī in January 2017 by Takawai Murphy from Ngāti Manawa, Ngāti Rangitihi and Ngāti Hinekura.

        A whakataukī is a Māori proverb or saying embodying the values, wisdom, wit, and common-sense of tangata whenua (people of the land). They are usually short and concise - using symbolism and metaphor to convey key messages.

        Our whakataukī reads:

        Kua raranga tahi tātou he whāriki ipurangi mo āpopo.

        Together we weave the mat, in terms of the Internet, for future generations.

        More information on when we will use our whakataukī can be found here.

        NetHui 2017: share your ideas!

        We’re looking for people to contribute their ideas and get involved in creating NetHui 2017. We have set up a form so you can tell us if you want to help organise a session, host a side event, volunteer or even just want to hear about a particular topic. Let us know your thoughts by 31 July here:

        NetHui is happening on 9-10 November at Auckland’s Aotea Centre with the NZ Internet Research Forum and possible other events on 8 November.

        Come along to our AGM

        On 27 July from 5.30pm we will hold our AGM. Only members can vote on the four council positions up for election but anyone is welcome to attend. The meeting hears reports on the year’s work done from the Council, the Chief Exec and the subsidiaries. It’s also a chance to find out the results of the members’ survey.

        This year we will also offer a sneak peak of the State of the Internet report 2017 just before the meeting begins.

        Aside from the formalities the meeting is a chance to mix and mingle between staff and members across the organisation.

        The meeting will be held at the Majestic Centre in Wellington and live-streamed so you can take part from anywhere in the country. You can RSVP for the AGM here.

        An update on the InternetNZ organisational review

        Last month the InternetNZ Council set out a proposal for a change to how the InternetNZ group is organised. Council received over 50 submissions – the Council would like to thank those who took the time to provide feedback. Half of all submitters were happy for their submissions to be published and these are available here. Council is now in the process of analysing the submissions and expect to share a summary of those around the time of our AGM on 27 July. This summary will cover the full range of submissions, including the half that requested their submissions be kept private, however no identifying information will be included. Council is working to the original timeframes and aim to provide final decisions sometime in August.


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