Past funding

Annually we have approximately $500,000 available for community grants. See what work our grants are currently funding below.

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Community Projects

Date

Recipient & Title

Amount

Project

2018/19 Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa - Building Digital Well-Being: A Community Pilot in Hutt City. $21,000 Creating and piloting a new whanau-focused digital well-being programme for delivery in libraries and community centres throughout New Zealand. Final report.
2018/19 Hutt City Libraries - Stepping Out to Grow Stepping UP, digital skills programme. $6,720 Expanding the digital inclusion programme Stepping UP in Lower Hutt, through increased tutor time and training, in order to meet demand for digital education. Final report.
2018/19 Blind Foundation - Voice activated access to information — phase 1 implementation. $30,000 Rolling out a voice activated information delivery channel to people with vision impairment, and developing resources to maximise skills for safe use of the device.  Progress report.
2018/19 Te Ora Hou Wellington East - Digital Bridge. $10,000 To increase digital literacy among disadvantaged groups by using a community-led development approach and building community leadership. Final report.
2018/19 Digits - Digital Inclusion Community Hub. $8,970 Developing a drop-in-centre pilot project in Palmerston North focused on solving a range of digital inclusion issues and creating a business study for the broad Digits Hub idea. Final report.
2018/19 Greater Christchurch Schools’ Network ConnectED Aranui. $20,000 Providing students with free in-home filtered Wifi access with usage targeted for educational purposes, to support internet access for members of Aranui community. Progress report.
2018/19 Ten Forward Technology Lounge Beginner Tech Workshops for Non-Tech Adults/Seniors. $5,000 To offer daily workshops on a variety of topics for older adults, enabling them to embrace the internet and phone apps for the time, money and effort saving features. Final report.
2018/19 Te Aka Toiu Trust - Help underprivileged students with learning online. $30,000 To ensure wifi access into each household in Whakatane and Kawerau to help students and their families overcome the digital divide. Progress report.
2017/18
Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision - Develop Data API and front-end application for Ngā Taonga AudioVisual Collection (Phase I) $12,500 To develop a new collections management system with external access for collaboration with peer organisations and engagement for audiences. Final report.
2017/18
Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind (Blind Foundation) - Accessible content for the visually impaired $25,000 To build a proof of concept, a prototype model that enables written content to be digitised and made available for delivery orally. Final report.
2017/18
EOS Ecology - STREAMED – A community-based online water clarity monitoring tool

$20,000 Providing an online digital presence that will allow real-time logging and interpretation of water clarity data, giving communities/schools a deeper understanding of the sediment issues facing their waterways. Final report.
2017/18
Faucet Foundation - Faucet Foundation Incorporated
$12,000 The Foundation will provide open fora for users to interact with developers and establish a roadmap for development and appropriate support mechanisms for the Faucet SDN controllerFinal report.
2017/18 Skylight Trust - Resilience Hub/ Digital Resources/ Community Training Modules
 $20,000 To deliver trauma informed training to diverse and geographically isolated communities of New Zealand utilising the internet. Final reportFinancial report

 

Internet Research


Date

Recipient & Title

Amount

Project

2018/19 Dr Caroline Keen from Massey University - Children’s rights to privacy in the era of Big Data $22,920 Protecting children’s privacy in relation to commercial online data practices has become a global issue but we have yet to assess how we might address this in New Zealand. The objective of this project was to explore whether parents and teenagers are equipped to manage children’s personal data privacy in relation to current commercial data practices online. Final report.
2018/19 Dr Maggie Hartnett from Massey University - The Library as a Space for Digital Inclusion: Connecting Communities Through Technology.  $20,000 This project sought to investigate the role of public libraries in promoting digital inclusion and overcoming the digital divide. Final report.
2018/19 Paua Interface - Marae Connectivity - critical success factors to getting an innovation domino effect. $35,000 There is an opportunity to use Mitimiti on the Grid case to inform a greater understanding of critical success factors that can help to inform how marae connectivity might be achieved and scaled, and how subsequent innovation projects have been leveraged. Progress report.
2018/19 Laurence Zwimpfer from Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa - Measuring Digital Divides in Disadvantaged Communities: A Pilot Study.  $25,000 National surveys relying on data collection using telephone or internet surveys do not reach the people who are the most digitally disadvantaged and therefore a different approach is called for. This research explores an innovative approach for measuring and monitoring the digital divide for identified digitally disadvantaged groups. Final report.
2018/19 Dr Claire Henry from Massey University - Preventing child sexual offending online through effective digital media.  $25,130 This research will investigate the potential for online advertisements to prevent potential offenders accessing Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) via the Internet. Final report.
2018/19 A/Prof Kerry Gibson from University of Auckland - Improving Young New Zealanders’ Mental Health: How the Internet Puts Young People in Touch with Psychological Support.  $28,000 This research designs Internet interventions that will assist young people to recognise when they need offline support, gives them information about what resources are available in their communities and helps them to overcome barriers to making use of offline support. Report in progress.
2017/18
Dr Holly Randell-Moon from Media and Information Literacy - Digital Divide/s: Indigenous communities, digital infrastructure, and creative futures.
$7,179 This project investigates some innovative information and communication technologies (ICT) strategies in Aotearoa New Zealand used by Indigenous organisations to create opportunities for sustainability. Final report.
2017/18
Dr Philippa Smith from Auckland University of Technology - Freedom of speech on the Internet – where do we draw the line?
$6,686 This research analyses inappropriate online behaviour to gain a better understanding of its impact on the notion of freedom of speech which has implications for every user of the Internet. Final report.
2017/18
Dr Aniket Mahanti from University of Auckland - Longitudinal study of the adoption of Top-level Domain (TLD) Names and Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC). 
$10,000 Past research has primarily focused on understanding technical behaviour and properties of DNS requests and responses, DNS security, and usage of TLDs. This research will be the first to look at the adoption of new gTLDs and how these gTLDs have implemented DNSSEC. Final report.
2017/18
Dr Farkhondeh Hassandoust - Information Security Online: A Critical Evaluation of College Students’ Security Awareness in New Zealand.
$14,840 This proposed research has two interrelated aims: to evaluate and compare students’ actual InfoSec practices and their perception of their own InfoSec awareness, then to design and propose InfoSec awareness programmes (eg. workshops, brochures, posters) to improve students’ Internet InfoSec knowledge. Final report.
2017/18 Dr Haibo Zhang from University of Otago - Accurate synchronization for coherent joint transmission to provide better mobile Internet service. $25,000 This research aims to develop efficient solutions for coherent joint transmission in 5G networks, where multiple Access Points (APs) cooperate to perform simultaneous data transmission to a single user device to achieve high-quality communication. Final report.
2017/18 Dr Simone Rodda from University of Auckland - Behaviour change strategies for Internet Addiction: An exploratory study $25,000 Funding supported participant recruitment in three pieces of research which sought to assess the feasibility of brief self-managed online planning interventions for reduction of problematic or addictive-like internet behaviours: internet / social media, gaming and pornography consumption. Final report.
2017/18 Dr Yun Sing Koh from the University of Auckland - Investigating Changes in Phishing Models for Social Networks.  $10,500 The aim of this research is to develop a robust spam phishing detection system to investigate how the New Zealand community is affected by spam phishing in social networks. Final report.


Conference Attendance


Date

Recipient

Amount

Conference

2019/20 Sreenivas Sremath Tirumala $3,500 To attend 12th International Conference on COMmunication Systems & NETworkS, COMSNETS 2020. Report.
2019/20 Dr Ulrich Speidel $3,500 To attend IEEE Globecom. Report.
2019/20 Holly Grover $500 To attend National Digital Forum 2019. Report.
2019/20 Simeon Mitteff $1,500 To attend FaucetCon2019. Report.
2018/19 Leon Salter $1,54.52 To attend the ANZCA (Australian & New Zealand Communication Association) conference. Report.
2018/19 Cameron Findlay $3,375 To attend the Creative Commons Global Summit. Report.
2018/19 Dr Farkhondeh Hassandoust $3,500 To attend the Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems conference. Report.
2018/19 Dr Grace Wang $3,092 To attend the 6th International Conference on Behavioural Addictions (ICBA). Report.
2018/19 Zoë Haughton $3,500 To attend the California State University (CSUN) Assistive Technology conference. Report.
2018/19 Dr Ethan Plaut $3,500 The ACM Global Computing Education Conference (CompEd) 2019. Report.
2018/19 Dr Elizabeth Berryman $3,500 To attend the International Conference of Digital Health. Report.
2018/19 Dr William Liu $1,875 To attend the Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM) ASIA PACIFIC 2018 - Innovating for Resilience. Report.
2018/19 Nils Pokel $550 To attend the National Digital Forum 2018 in Wellington. Report.
2018/19 Laura Jamieson $350 To attend the National Digital Forum 2018 in Wellington. Report.
2018/19 Lina Hao $3,500 To attend the 43rd IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN). Report.
2018/19 Dr Kathleen Kuehn $3,589 To attend the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS). Report.
2018/19 Dr Ulrich Speidel $3,600 To attend the IEEE Global Communications Conference (IEEE Globecom). Report
2018/19 Prof Paul S. Pang $3,600 To attend the 2018 AI x Cybersecurity Summit associated with the 2018 International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security (AICS 2018). Report.
2017/18 Guiying Huang  $1,626 To attend the 42nd IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks (9-12 October 2017, Singapore) Report.
2017/18 Winston Roberts $2,800 To attend the Internet Governance Forum (18-21 December 2017,  Geneva, Switzerland) Report.
2017/18 Emma Barker-Clarke $1,977 To attend Online Safety on the Edge conference (1-3 November, Sydney, Australia) Report.
2017/18 Lorraine Wiliamson & MOA Kluster $2,800 To attend International Society for Technology in Education conference (24-27 June 2018, Chicago, USA) Report.
2017/18 Dr Aniket Mahanti $4,000 To attend the IEEE Local Computer Networks Conference (LCN) (1-4 October 2018, Chicago, USA) Report.
2017/18 Jessica Manis $3,500 To attend the AWE – Augmented World Expo in (30 May- 1 June 2018, Santa Clara, USA) Report.
2017/18 Siobhan Leachman $745 To attend the National Digital Forum 2018 (20-21 November 2018, Wellington, NZ) Report.
2017/18 Timothy Johnson $4,000 To attend the ICANN GDD Industry Summit 2018 (14-17 May 2018, Vancouver, Canada) Report.
2017/18 Dr Farkhondeh Hassandoust $4,000 To attend the Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems 2018 (28-30 June 2018, Yokohama, Japan) Report.

On-demand


Date

Recipient

Amount

Use

2018/19 Aleksei Fedorow $3,000

Conference Attendance.

To attend the IFIP Networking 2019. Report

2018/19 Anna Pendergrast $1,960

Conference Attendance.

To attend the Theorizing the Web conference. Report

2018/19 Sreenivas Sremath Tirumala $3,210

Conference Attendance.

To attend the IEEE International Conference on Computer Communication and Informatics (ICCCI -2019). Report

2018/19 Mark Boddington $1,800

Conference Attendance. 

To attend the Center for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Report

2017/18 Aimee Whitcroft $2,500

Conference Attendance.

To attend the #CivilTechFest. Asia's first-ever civil tech conference. Report