Our Work

InternetNZ works across a range of public and technical policy issues. Each item of work sits under one of four workstreams - Access, Openness, Right & Responsibilities and Security. InternetNZ also makes regular submissions to the Government, regulators and Parliament that cross all workstreams.

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Access

Current Projects

World Internet Project

Last updated: 28 Mar 2013
Status: In Progress

The World Internet Project is an international research project that tracks the global trends of the Internet over a number of years by surveying both users and non-users. The New Zealand research is part-funded by InternetNZ and conducted by the Institute of Culture, Discourse & Communication at Auckland University of Technology.

Unconstrained broadband

Last updated: 18 Mar 2013
Status: In Progress

There is almost universal agreement that broadband is to the 21st century what roads and rail were to the 20th century – critical infrastructure, and a basic requirement for ongoing economic growth - and InternetNZ is active in the campaign for better broadband for New Zealanders.

New Zealand Internet Statistics

Last updated: 28 Nov 2012
Status: In Progress

Key statistics in respect to the Internet in New Zealand are complied by the Auckland University of Technology, the Department of Statistics and the Commerce Commission. We have also included a variety of other statistics links.

Digital Dividend

Last updated: 22 Sep 2011
Status: In Progress

New Zealand can anticipate significant economic and social benefits from the sub-1GHz radio spectrum becoming available from 2013. This spectrum, known as the ‘digital dividend’, is to be freed through digitisation of broadcast television. It is well suited for cost-effective and widespread deployment of mobile broadband services, delivering better coverage in rural and urban areas with fewer sites than required with higher frequency spectrum.

Convergence

Last updated: 18 Feb 2013
Status: In Progress

There has recently been a rising tide of commentary on and interest in convergence in New Zealand, with the blurring of boundaries between media and telecommunications markets creating new challenges to existing policy and regulatory frameworks.

Discussion document

InternetNZ has put together a discussion document that unpicks the myriad challenges of convergence and brings an Internet perspective to the debate.

Feedback sought

Your feedback on the discussion document is very welcome. Please email susan@internetnz.net.nz with your thoughts.

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Openness

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IPv6

Last updated: 28 Mar 2013
Status: In Progress

Every Internet-capable computer or device needs a numeric IP (Internet Protocol) address to be able to connect to the global Internet. Most computers and devices connect using the IPv4 (Internet Protocol Version 4) address standard, which allows for over four billion addresses. The problem is that the number of Internet-enabled devices is growing so quickly that there are now not enough IPv4 addresses to go around.

Internet Filtering

Last updated: 22 Jun 2012
Status: In Progress

In 2009/2010 the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) deployed a voluntary filtering system that allows ISPs to block access to a blacklist of child abuse material. This attracted robust comment among InternetNZ members and a working group was formed to technically analyse the filtering system and consider its policy implications.

Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement

Last updated: 03 Dec 2012
Status: In Progress

New Zealand is one of nine countries negotiating the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, which aims to bring states from East Asia, the South Pacific and North America towards greater economic integration. The TPP could require countries to enact stronger intellectual property laws, some of which could undermine an efficient and open Internet.

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Rights and Responsibilities

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Copyright reform

Last updated: 28 Mar 2013
Status: In Progress

The New Zealand Government has come up with a proposal to deal with the vexed issue of illicit peer-to-peer filesharing. The Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill will repeal Section 92a of the Copyright Act 1994. It sets out a fairer regime that is focused on public education via notices and tests allegations of infringement through a Tribunal process.

Law and the Internet

Last updated: 28 Mar 2013
Status: In Progress

The Internet has transformed communications in New Zealand as the number of information sources easily available to the public has exploded from barely a dozen media outlets to thousands of websites, blogs, Facebook pages and Tweets on Twitter. 

Human Rights & the Internet

Last updated: 05 Apr 2011
Status: In Progress

In recent years, the United Nations has proposed that Internet access be made a 'human right'. Finland and a range of other European countries, including Estonia, France and Greece are leading the way, having already enshrined access to the Internet as a basic human right.

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