dotNews - June 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 information about:

  • the Death and the Internet video recording
  • New Zealand and a world without mass surveillance
  • our latest grants rounds
  • State of the Internet report
  • NetHui 2016 - coming soon
  • ITx conference - earlybird tickets extended
  • latest comms and upcoming events.

    Death and the Internet

    mic iconLast week we ran an event called Death and the Internet. It was an interactive session that looked into what happens to your digital assets when you die - and importantly, what you should do now to get things in place. This is a topic of evermore interest in today's digital age and we had lots of great feedback about the event and the knowledge that came from it. If you didn't get along to the event, you can watch the video recording at the link below. Also, keep an eye out for some useful resources from us soon including a checklist so you can be prepared.

    This was the first event in our speaker series. Our next event will be Harassment and the Internet and it will take place on 8 September in Wellington and via live-stream. More details to come!
    Death and the Internet video recording

    Towards a world without mass surveillance

    security iconAt InternetNZ we want to help New Zealand be part of a world without mass surveillance. On 1 June we released a position paper that explains how InternetNZ can help New Zealand in this goal. This was formed off the back of a paper from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) called a Game Plan for Ending Global Mass Surveillance.

    As well as feeding into legislative changes for our intelligence agencies, we want to do an easy transparency project with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner; and a project we're calling Easy Encryption, focussing on encouraging user-side encryption.

    If you are interested in how exactly our government and intelligence agencies are spying on us, take a read of our paper. There are also ways for you to get involved.

    Towards a world without mass surveillance

    Grants rounds opening

    community grants logoInternetNZ supports and engages the Internet community with a range of community grants, to help maintain or extend the use and accessibility of the Internet for New Zealanders. We are pleased to announce the timeline for the 2016-17 community grants round: 
    • Community projects and conference attendance applications will open later this month, in late June, and will close in late August.
    • Internet research and additional conference attendance applications will open in late November and will close in late January 2017.
    For more information including more details on grant categories, criteria, application process and the timeline click here:

    InternetNZ community grants

    State of the Internet

    In April we sent members our draft State of the Internet report. This report has a goal of creating an almanac of information relating to how the Internet is accessed, used and protected in New Zealand. We've worked with our Strategic Partners Figure.NZ to present a range of datasets from StatisticsNZ, the OECD and the Web Index to highlight New Zealand's Internet story.

    We want this report to be collaborative from the ground up. That means that this document is an open space for your ideas, insights, challenges and questions. We've extended this collaborative drafting process by another month until the end of June and would welcome your input! View the report and the google doc version here:
    State of the Internet (website)
    State of the Internet (Google doc for your comments and suggestions) 

    NetHui 2016 - info coming soon

    NetHui logoOver the past few months we've been busy planning NetHui 2016 and it's going to look a little different this year...we're taking NetHui on the road!

    We will have three one-day events happening in three different locations across the country. We're finalising details at the moment and in the next month aim to announce the locations and dates. We are looking at dates in October for these events but all will be revealed soon. So keep your eyes peeled for this announcement. We hope you'll be able to make it along to at least one of the three events.

    If you have any questions, please send these to and we will get back to you asap.

    ITx - earlybird tickets extended

    ITx 2016 is happening in less that a month from 11-13 July in Wellington. If you haven't registered now's your chance - earlybird pricing has been extended.

    ITx will bring 13 conferences together under one roof so there will be sessions to suit everyone - including NetHui sessions! The programme includes a number of international speakers with expertise from right across the spectrum of ICT disciplines. Check out the programme and registration info here:

    ITx 2016 conference website

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