Kelly Buehler - election statement

Kelly BuehlerHi! My name is Kelly Buehler, and I’m keen to continue my work with the InternetNZ Council for a second full term. 

For the 11 years I’ve lived in Aotearoa I have been deeply engaged in keeping the internet open and uncapturable, participating in many events including:

  • ICANN64 

  • The Future with High Speed Broadband Conference

  • Australian Digital Alliance (ADA) Copyright forum.

  • Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations in both NZ & Australia as an independent stakeholder.

  • Public ACTA

  • 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 part of the teams organising opposition to the Section 92A “guilt-on-accusation” Act, and ran the first Open Government Barcamp and Hackfest.

I strongly believe that internet access is a human right. Professionally, I've spent over 20 years working in strategy, innovation, technology, and governance. As a technologist, I'm excited to support the open internet and dedicate myself to our technical future. The internet must be available to everyone, and must be protected from capture, whether by corporations or by governments. I also believe that InternetNZ is one of the best organisations in the world at engaging with government for the betterment of the people.

In addition to a deep awareness of the policy issues facing InternetNZ, my 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 powerful understanding of ICT, Public Policy and how to communicate technical ideas to non-technical thinkers. My interests focus on the intersection of government and business, as shown by my MBA thesis on IT in the public sector, and in my coursework, including policy development at the Victoria School of Government. As an activist, I’ve spent many years on public policy, how public engagement models work, and being an active member of the Open Source and larger technology communities.

Having served on several boards (including Tohatoha Commons— formerly Creative Commons NZ), I bring a strong understanding of governance and what it takes to effectively provide forward-looking direction for organisations in transition. Combining that with my experience working professionally in large organisations, I’m keenly aware of the differences between governance and management, and where those boundaries are.

The past three years have seen an intense amount of activity in the InternetNZ Council, including the restructure of the entire organization. As the lead of the Organisational Review Working Group, I worked closely with a team of consultants to look at the way the three organisations (InternetNZ, DNC, RSNZ) worked, and made the key recommendations as to how those organisations should be reorganised to be stronger, faster, and more flexible.

On the Grants Committee, I read hundreds of applications and helped make decisions on grants. We have turned more of the grant-making process over to the staff to allow Council to focus on governance. And, as a member of the .nz Policy Committee, I’m helping review and update their current policies. I’ve also helped with early discussions on a financing plan.

I’m always increasing my knowledge of InternetNZ, our members, and the business through direct engagement. In addition to attending an ICANN meeting, I’ve also actively attended many Net Hui, member meetups, governance strategy meetings, special speaker and panel events, and NZRIF get-togethers. I work hard to help members feel engaged and consulted, as this is at the very core of what InternetNZ stands for. I put a lot of focus on knowing what members care about. I devote attention to ensuring InternetNZ does its best by our members as we move forward in building a better, more accessible, more open technical future.

The next three years are going to be just as intense as InternetNZ moves forward into its new shape, InternetNZ drives a truly impressive amount of input to world-level internet policy and governance. It’s 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 pivotal collaborator in a team that can make a positive difference to the future of NZ, as well as to internet freedom and accessibility worldwide.

This stuff really does excite me! It matters.

Please vote for me. I’m eager to continue doing the hard yards to adapt InternetNZ to the future needs of New Zealandand deliver the best, most-open, least-capturable internet possible.

Thanks for your consideration and your vote!