KELLY BUEHLER - Election Statement

Kelly BuehlerHi! My name is Kelly Buehler, and I'm honoured to be standing for the InternetNZ Council for the second time. Last year I was elected to fill out the final year of a resigning Councillor's term. A long-time member of InternetNZ, I have a strong admiration for the work InternetNZ does. To me, there is little as important to New Zealand as an "open and uncapturable" internet, and that vision has never been under such threat.

My year as a councillor has been amazing and I'm keen to return to council for a three-year term so that I can continue with this important work. One year is not enough- the learning curve is steep, there is a lot of study to be done by any new councillor and now that I have done that work, I'm eager to use that knowledge to support and improve InternetNZ.

I've been extremely active this year and have done my best to contribute, work hard for Internet NZ, and devote a lot of focus in ensuring we do our best by our members. As Chair of the Member Engagement Committee, I oversaw the process of defining the role of members and began the work of improving engagement so all New Zealanders understand what is in it for them in joining InternetNZ, and members know what they can do to be more engaged.

As Chair of the International Travel Policy Working Group, I led the production of a new International Travel Policy across all three organisations (InternetNZ, DNC, RSNZ) that is appropriate to the type of travel our staff do and strongly supports their Health and Safety. I was also on the committee to appoint subsidiary Board Members.

If re-elected, I will continue working hard to improve InternetNZ's strategy regarding communications, engagement, and responsiveness to all members. This is at the very core of what InternetNZ stands for and my strong feelings on this led me to accept my previous nomination.

Professionally, I've spent over 20 years working in strategy, innovation, technology and governance. As a technologist, I'm quite excited to support the Open Internet and dedicate myself to our technical future by leveraging my professional capabilities.
In addition to a deep awareness of the policy issues facing InternetNZ- and us all- today, my "paper" qualifications include the Institute of Directors' Strategy and Governance Courses, an MBA from Victoria University, and a qualification in Enterprise Architecture. My studies, hobbies, and career have given me a deep understanding of ICT, Public Policy and how to communicate technical ideas to non-technical thinkers.

My interests have long been at the intersection of government and business. My MBA work focussed on this, both in my thesis on IT in the public sector and in my coursework including policy development and advising from the Victoria School of Government. As an activist, many years of my life have been spent on public policy, how public engagement models work, and being an active member of the Open Source and larger technology communities.

In my "spare" time, I have participated in tonnes of events including: The Future with High Speed Broadband Conference, the Australian Digital Alliance (ADA) Copyright forum, attended Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations in both NZ & Australia as an independent stakeholder, Public ACTA, and the International Association for Public Participation conference (IAP2) which provided insight on public engagement. I've been on the teams that helped create unconferences at GOVIS and Net Hui, and - back in the day - was one of the team behind the Section 92A Protest at Parliament.

InternetNZ brings a truly impressive amount of input to world level internet policy and governance. It is my belief that in bringing my IT understanding, passion for policy, and skill in applying the tools of governance to the InternetNZ council, I've become a useful collaborator in a team that can make a positive difference to the very future of NZ, as well as to internet freedom and accessibility, worldwide.

This stuff really does excite me! It matters.

Please re-elect me. As your returning councillor, I'll continue to work hard to help members feel fully engaged and consulted as InternetNZ moves forward in building a better, more accessible, more open technical future for all New Zealanders.

Thank you for your consideration.