dotNews - November 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...

  • Take a look at our IoT discussion starter and let us know your thoughts
  • What do kiwis think of the Internet - read our latest research
  • Don’t forget to register for Things and the Internet
  • Come along to our lunchtime speaker event: Dr. Rick Forno
  • Last chance to RSVP for our end of year celebration functions
  • You’re invited to our NZ Internet Research Forum pizza nights
  • Read our submission on Telco Property Access

Internet of Things discussion starter

The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the next waves of change enabled by the Internet. It’s going to make a big impact on the world and the way we live our lives. We want to ensure that New Zealand has the knowledge to take advantage of the economic opportunities but also keeps safety and privacy top of mind.

We have been speaking with many people across the sector and have written a discussion starter document posing many thoughts and questions we think are imperative to think about now.

You can read our full discussion starter here. We’d love to hear your thoughts to continue the discussion.

What do Kiwis think of the Internet?

In our activity plan for this year, we committed to commissioning research about Kiwi attitudes to the Internet.

We worked with market research company UMR research on a phone survey and a series of face-to-face focus groups, to ask questions about people's hopes and fears regarding the Internet.

We found that 94% of New Zealanders check the Internet daily with a third constantly connected. Top of mind perceptions of the Internet were predominantly positive with 89% of respondents believing the positives of using the Internet outweigh the negatives.

For more statistics and full reports, read our media release here.

Register now for our 8 December Speaker Series event: Things and the Internet

The final Speaker Series event for 2016 is coming up on 8 December: Things and the Internet. 

Panelists for the events are:

  • John Edwards, Privacy Commissioner
  • Hiria Te Rangi, Whare Hauora
  • Erika Pearson, Massey University
  • John Hart, FabLab 

They will discuss security, ethics, creations and skills around the Internet of Things. The free event will take place from 5.00pm, 8 December at our Wellington offices and will start with drinks, nibbles and networking before the event kicks off. It will also be online via live-stream - the link will be posted at this page:

You can RSVP here.

Dr. Rick Forno on crypto, security, and policy: grey areas, meta-issues and more

On Monday 21 November from 12.30pm we are hosting a lunchtime speaker, Dr Rick Forno. Rick is a Senior Lecturer in the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. The presentation and discussion will center on crypto, security, and policy: grey areas, meta-issues and more. A light lunch will be provided.

To find out more about the event or to register click here.

InternetNZ end of year functions

Today is the last day to register for the InternetNZ stakeholder events happening in Wellington on 24 November and Auckland on 29 November. Drinks and nibbles will be provided along with a fabulous opportunity to network with the Internet sector. Let us know if you would like an invitation by emailing

Researchers pizza nights

InternetNZ collaborates with Internet researchers to provide the New Zealand Internet Research Forum - a forum for researchers and people interested in Internet research to discuss their projects and issues and opportunities in the sector. The next NZIRF will be held in late 2017.

We’re holding pizza nights in Auckland on 30 November and Wellington on 1 December to brainstorm ideas for next year's NZIRF and to discuss the possibility of an InternetNZ hosted online forum for researchers. We’ll also outline details of the Internet research grants round which is currently open for applications.

For more information and to RSVP for either event click here.

Read our submission on Telco Property Access

The Commerce Select Committee ran a brief consultation on proposals to allow use of electricity infrastructure and power poles for fibre installs. We welcome the process as an innovative way to get fibre to rural homes. However, we do see some potential problems in the draft language.

You can read our full submission here.

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