dotNews - September 2017

Welcome to dotNews - InternetNZ's monthly newsletter - giving you a brief update of what's happening in the world of New Zealand's Internet.

This dotNews includes...

  • See the stats from our 2017 Internet research
  • Check out our digital divide map
  • Watch our recording of Democracy and the Internet
  • Apply for a NetHui fellowship before 20 Sept
  • Register for NetHui - 9&10 Nov, Auckland
  • Organisational review update

See the stats from our 2017 Internet research

Each year we commission research about Kiwis’ attitudes to the Internet. We commissioned market research company UMR to undertake a survey and ask New Zealanders about their hopes and fears about the Internet.

This year’s research shows a few interesting findings:

  • 64% of New Zealanders are concerned about the amount of misleading or wrong information available online.
  • 74% of New Zealanders are concerned about cyber-bullying.
  • 94% of New Zealanders check the Internet at least once a day.
  • 88% of New Zealanders think the positives of using the Internet outweigh the negatives.
  • 73% of New Zealanders said that access to information is the main benefit of the Internet.
  • Compared to 2016, concern levels fell by 5% for the speed of New Zealand Internet (35%), the cost of Internet access (37%) and threats to your privacy (62%).
You can see the full 2017 results, our video and infographics here.

    Check out our digital divide map

    We have teamed up with our strategic partner 20/20 Trust to build an interactive map of New Zealand that shows the divides across the country for Internet access, use, skill and social deprivation.

    This is the first tool that shines light on the digital divides in New Zealand, allows you to see the different types of digital divides that affect our communities and enables you to find information about what support is out there in communities to address digital divides.

    More information about the map can be found on our website here and the map itself can be viewed at

    Watch the recording of Democracy and the Internet

    The Internet plays a huge role in election campaigns and how candidate info and party policies are communicated to us. On 22 August we held a Speaker Series event in Auckland: Democracy and the Internet.

    Our panel included:

    • 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, was the MC for the event.

      There was some great conversation among the panelists and the audience. Watch the recording here.

      NetHui fellowships are open for applications

      We are proud to have the Asia-Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) fellowship programme. This year, we are focusing on bringing more youth, women, Māori and Pasifika to NetHui.

      Applications for NetHui 2017 fellowships close next week on Wednesday 20 September. For more information and to apply, see the fellowships page.

      NetHui 2017: registrations are open!

      Registrations for NetHui 2017 are open! NetHui brings Kiwis interested in the Internet together. You'll meet a wide array of people, build new connections and learn about the Internet and its impact.

      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’re 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 the 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.

        InternetNZ organisational review update

        On 25 August 2017, the InternetNZ Council agreed to a revised proposal for a final round of consultation as part of the organisational review that has been underway since late 2016.

        This revised proposal takes into account the well-considered feedback from staff, members and stakeholders during the first round of consultations in June 2017.

        The revised proposal is available here.

        If you would like to make a submission please read the proposals and share your feedback using the process set out in the proposal document.

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