NetHui 2015: programme update #1

This year's NetHui will be filled with discussion on important Internet issues in New Zealand. It'll also see an injection of international perspective as the global Internet Society joins the event.

As our programme firms up, we want to share with you some of the great sessions we have planned.

Day 0 (Wednesday 8 July)

We have:

InterCommunity 2015. Join the Internet Society for the global Internet Society’s InterCommunity 2015, a global event bringing together hubs from all over the world to talk about Internet issues. 'Following the sun' across the world, this event will broadcast online live to the world from NetHui 2015. There will be two sessions:

  • in the morning as part of JumpStart - connected with the American and European hubs
  • in the evening (5:30pm nibbles and a 6pm start) - connected with the Asian and African hubs.

More about InterCommunity 2015

By connecting the world, working with others, and advocating for equal access to the Internet, the Internet Society strives to make the world a better place.
More about the Internet Society

Evening events. As well as InterCommunity 2015, there will also be a range of exciting offsite events on the Wednesday evening, including Refactor and a University of Auckland public lecture "Magna Carta Online: Security and Privacy in the Online Age".
NetHui 2015 offsite events


Day 1 (Thursday 9 July)

To kick off the main event, Minister Amy Adams will join NetHui where participants will have the opportunity to hear from the ICT minister and discuss Internet issues with her.

Also on Thursday morning will be a highlight of NetHui 2015, a keynote from Kathy Brown, CE of ISOC on the rise of mobile internet, drawing from a new global internet report to be launched by the Internet Society.
More about Kathy Brown

Thursday afternoon will also feature a Parliamentary Internet forum panel to discuss internet issues with NetHui participants. MPs Ria Bond (NZ First), Clare Curran (Labour), Brett Hudson (National) and Gareth Hughes (Green Party) will make up the panel.


Day 2 (Friday 10 July)

The last day of NetHui will have two exciting plenary panels on important topics:

  • exploring the future of media in an Internet age (morning):
    media transformations taking place due to and through the Internet will be tackled by a panel including perspectives from radio, TV, the creative industries and online media. Paul Brislen, ex CE of TUANZ and sometime media personality, will host this panel.

  • discussing digital inclusion issues (afternoon):
    "Digital Inclusion: Internet for Everybody" is the theme of the final plenary panel of NetHui. Flowing from the event's theme - The Internet is Everybody's Business - this panel will look at how we can ensure everybody is able to be online and benefiting from the Internet.
    Community groups working on digital inclusion as well as researchers and advocates will come together to discuss digital inclusions challenges and work with NetHui participants and explore the path forward for an inclusive Internet for the benefit of all New Zealanders.

At the heart of the NetHui programme are the community-led discussion sessions, which are currently being finalised by community leaders and the NetHui community. The details of these sessions and the programme timing will be released next week. 



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About NetHui

NetHui isn’t a conference. It isn’t a barcamp. It isn’t about spending days being spoken at.

NetHui is a conversation.

Every year, the event brings together anyone and everyone interested in the Internet and its part in our society.

It takes many different forms. There are talks in the forms of keynotes and panels, and plenary sessions. The heart of the event are the hour-long discussions which run throughout the event, on topics and issues put forward by the NetHui community.

There are also side events in the evenings, where people can unwind and have some fun.

Everyone’s opinions and ideas are equally valued at NetHui. It’s open to all people regardless of age, background, gender or ethnicity. A respectful, open attitude towards others is expected from all participants, speakers, exhibitors and volunteers. Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated and may result in your removal from the event.