It's an election year! And the Internet’s potential as a tool for citizen-led democracy, campaigning, activism and potentially even voting is more important than ever.
We held our first Auckland Speaker Series event, Democracy and the Internet, to discuss the opportunities and challenges the Internet brings to democracy.
Our panel included:
- Nicola Kean, Producer of The Nation - New Zealand's weekly politics programme, discussed political use of the Internet
- Karl Kane is Director of the Design+Democracy Project, a research unit at Massey University's School of Design. The Project explores the role that design and ‘design thinking’ can play in advancing 21st century citizenship, and the potential of technology to engage citizens with social issues
- Ryan Ko, Director, New Zealand Institute for Security and Crime Science, and Head of Cyber Security Lab at the University of Waikato talked about online voting.
Paul Brislen MC'd the event. Paul has a vast history in the tech sector working as a journalist, lobbyist and in a variety of communications and leadership roles. He makes regular appearances in the media - commenting on all things tech.