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InternetNZ to hold name suppression workshop

21 Dec 2010

InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) is convening a free public workshop in February 2011 to examine the vexed issue of name suppression in the digital age.

The workshop will focus specifically on a section in the Criminal Procedure (Reform and Modernisation) Bill that creates a new offence for ISPs who host material that breaches suppression orders.

An ISP is defined in the Bill as anyone who enables transfer of digital material or who hosts material online, so this has the potential to catch a huge number of people.

Law and the Internet

InternetNZ launches NetHui 2011 - Shaping our Future Together

17 Dec 2010

InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) is pleased to announce planning is underway for NetHui 2011 – a conference that brings together everyone involved with Internet issues in New Zealand. NetHui is based on the format of multi-stakeholder collaboration successfully introduced by the global Internet Governance Forum (IGF). The inaugural NetHui will be held over three days from 29 June – 1 July 2011 in Auckland. In future years the conference will be held in other cities of New Zealand.

Telecom’s UFB inclusion requires effective structural separation

13 Dec 2010

InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) strongly supports today’s progress on the Ultra Fast Broadband initiative, while highlighting its ongoing concern in respect to market structure and regulatory holidays.

Crown Fibre Holdings Ltd today released details of its next set of prioritised bidders in the Ultra-fast Broadband initiative. The bidders include Telecom NZ, covering twenty-five of the thirty-three candidate areas.

Unconstrained broadband

Constructive suggestions to improve Copyright bill released

09 Dec 2010

A coalition of organisations and concerned citizens has today released a letter and briefing paper proposing final improvements to copyright legislation currently before Parliament.

InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) is one of the signatories to the letter, which was sent yesterday to Commerce Minister Simon Power and the members of the Commerce select committee.

Copyright reform

Survey highlights trends in New Zealand computer crime and security

08 Dec 2010

Results from the 2010 New Zealand Computer Crime and Security Survey have been released, noting an overall reduction in security incidents and costs per organisation.

The Survey, funded by InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc), highlights a range of trends, including incidence of the Conficker virus, the frequency and cost of cyber security breaches, security awareness and percentage of IT budgets spent on security across a broad range of private and government organisations relating to calendar year 2009.

First UFB signings welcomed

07 Dec 2010

InternetNZ Chief Executive Vikram Kumar welcomes today’s announcement by Minister of Communication Steven Joyce that the first two partners have signed deals with Crown Fibre Holdings to create local fibre companies and roll out Ultra Fast Broadband.

The two areas chosen are a range of Central North Island towns and cities, and Whangarei.

“I am delighted with today’s announcement,” Vikram Kumar says.

Unconstrained broadband

New scholarship in honour of Paul Reynolds – the ‘No Numpties Award’

06 Dec 2010

The National Library of New Zealand (NLNZ), Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) and InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) are honouring the memory of internet pioneer and commentator Paul Reynolds with a scholarship for international study.

InternetNZ critiques structural separation proposal in cross-submission

08 Nov 2010

InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) has today released the cross-submission it lodged last Friday with the Ministry of Economic Development. This submission sets out InternetNZ’s response to issues raised in the initial submissions on the Ministry’s discussion document “Regulatory Implications of Structural Separation”.

Both submissions are available at:

Unconstrained broadband

Internet account suspension on hold, other improvements made, but new flaws evident in copyright bill

03 Nov 2010

Today’s release of Select Committee revisions of the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Bill shows a win for the public with account suspension put on hold, but introduces reversal of proof that raises concerns, says InternetNZ.

“I am pleased that the Committee has recommended that account suspension not be introduced now,” says InternetNZ Chief Executive Vikram Kumar.

Copyright reform

New Zealand organisations win at 2010 Australia and New Zealand Internet Best Practice Awards.

03 Nov 2010

The winners of the 2010 Australia and New Zealand Internet Best Practice Awards have been announced, including two from New Zealand - Aotearoa People's Network Kaharoa, and the Lindauer Online Initiative.

The Awards, convened by .au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA) and Internet NZ Inc recognise organisations, businesses, groups and individuals that have contributed to the development and take up of the Internet in Australia and New Zealand.

InternetNZ congraulates all the winners.