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InternetNZ and auDA announce 2011 ANZIA Judging Panel

29 Aug 2011

InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) and auDA are pleased to announce the judging panel for the 2011 Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards (ANZIAs).

The awards celebrate the achievements of organisations, businesses and individuals that have made significant contributions to the development and use of the Internet in Australia and New Zealand.
This year we have secured a panel of industry experts that represent both Australia and New Zealand in each category:

InternetNZ announces Community Projects funding opportunity

29 Aug 2011

InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) has today announced the launch of a one-off funding round for Internet-related projects that benefit the wider community.

The Community Projects Funding Round is aimed at encouraging projects or initiatives that advance InternetNZ’s objects, demonstrate a clear element of public or community benefit, and have tangible benefits for New Zealand.

A maximum of $50,000 is available, up to a maximum of $20,000 per project.

InternetNZ publishes discussion paper on data caps

05 Aug 2011

InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) has published a discussion paper on Barriers to Unmetered Domestic Internet Traffic. InternetNZ is seeking comments by 26 August on the paper as well as views on what goals can be set in the area of data caps.

Workstream: 
Data caps

Get ready for 3strikes law infringements by 11 August

04 Aug 2011

InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) has launched a new website 3strikes.net.nz to help people and organisations get ready for the new copyright law. While the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act 2011 comes into force on 1 September 2011, copyright infringements start counting towards the new notices and penalty regime under it from 11 August 2011.

Workstream: 
Copyright reform

Law Commission privacy report a step forward

02 Aug 2011

InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) has welcomed the Law Commission’s report on its review of the Privacy Act.

InternetNZ Chief Executive Vikram Kumar says “The Law Commission has done a fantastic and thorough job in addressing an area that’s of increasing concern to many New Zealanders.

The Internet provides us with a great platform for innovation. Yet its very nature challenges societal norms like privacy that are itself evolving. The Law Commission’s report is therefore very welcome”.

InternetNZ announces election results; awards Fellowships

29 Jul 2011

InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) is pleased to announce results of this year's InternetNZ Council elections and the appointment of three new InternetNZ Fellows.

Election results were announced at InternetNZ’s Annual General Meeting last night. There were six nominations for four vacancies on Council. Results are as follows:

Nat Torkington, Dave Moskovitz, Donald Clark and Michael Wallmannsberger have been re-elected to their Councillor positions. All will serve a three-year term.

Scope of copyright law changes limited to P2P file sharing

21 Jul 2011

InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) has obtained clarification from the Ministry of Economic Development (MED) that the intention of the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act 2011 is to cover copyright infringement by online file sharing using peer-to-peer protocols only.

The new notices and penalty regime introduced by these amendments is not intended to cover video/music streaming websites or online file lockers.

Workstream: 
Copyright reform

InternetNZ and Victoria University to tackle new opportunities

15 Jul 2011

InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) and Victoria University of Wellington have announced that their strategic partnership to develop capacity, expertise and public understanding of the Internet and the law has taken on a new focus.

The two partners have had an agreement since November 2003 to establish an InternetNZ Research Fellowship in Cyber Law at Victoria’s School of Law. Over this period, four Cyber Law Fellows have undertaken research; contributed to teaching at the Honours and Masters levels; and conducted outreach programmes to the wider public. They were:

InternetNZ welcomes changes to Criminal Procedure Bill

14 Jul 2011

InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) has welcomed changes to the Criminal Procedure (Reform and Modernisation) Bill recommended by the Justice and Electoral Committee.

InternetNZ had strongly opposed section 216 that sought to introduce a new criminal liability on Internet Service Providers (ISPs) for breach of name suppression by their customers. The Committee has recommended “that clause 216 be deleted, as we do not consider it an effective mechanism for policing breaches of suppression orders on the internet”.

InternetNZ signs on as platinum sponsor for Barcamp Auckland

04 Jul 2011

InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) is proud to announce it has signed on as the major sponsor for the fifth annual Barcamp Auckland Unconference.

Barcamp Auckland is being held on Saturday 16 July in East Auckland. It is a free event, unique for its ‘unconference’ format. Unconferences are facilitated, participant-driven conferences; everybody who attends also presents and contributes to the agenda.