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Labour ICT Document In Accidental Email

Labour ICT Document In Accidental Email

A planning document on the Labour Party's ICT policy has been released after a copy was sent to National MP and Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams.

Labour Associate Communications and IT Spokesperson Clare Curran has now circulated the document (in an email headed mistake but at least it shows we have ideas) with this note:

This morning this attached document (written by me) was mistakenly sent to Amy Adams Office.
It is a set of ideas. It has no status as Labour policy.
I am happy to take calls after question time

The text of the document is copied below.

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ICT Policy framework 2014
Principles

PrincipleMeaningImpactPolicies
ConvergenceTechnology is blurring the divisions between industries and functionsGovernment structures and policy settings need to be constantly reviewed and updatedGovt CTO or NZCTO
KiwiMap
Digital Bill of Rights
Strengthened ComCom
Digital
Inclusion
Digital technology is becoming the primary means of accessing content and servicesICT is both the means of delivery and the means of interaction. All NZ’ers therefore require an agreed minimum level of accessKiwiCall
KiwiCap
KiwiCloud
Structural
Separation
By separating the layers in the stack each level is optimised rather than hiddenInvestment is focussed on competition and innovation.

Vertical integration is discouraged.

Genuine Telco Review
Strengthened ComCom
Unbundled
Content
Digital content is multi-modal and can run on many platforms artificial restrictions frustrate wide spread consumption and adoptionContent production is encouraged, innovation across platforms shifts focus to producers. Broadcasters and publishsrs become aggregators and streamersRevised portfolio focus
Converged content funding
NZ content ‘access’ charter
Appropriate copyright regime
NZ access to geoblocked content
Regulated
Open Access
Monopoly
Platform infrastructure competition is wasteful and anti-competitive. It needs to be open access, regulated for maximum competition and run as a single platform monopolyResources are conserved, overbuild is discouraged and investment is rationalised.

Investment risk is shared and innovation is not fragmented. Competition focuses on services not access

Genuine Telco Review
Strengthened ComCom
Review of UFB/RBI
Review of International connectivity
Digital educationWidespread adoption of digital training methods in education delivery. (ie MOOC’s -Massive Open Online Courses)
Bring worlds best to NZ
Get core principles in place (problem solving, coding solution design)
Pupils interact with self paced Learning Tech, interacts with the teacher as a Facilitator/Mentor. Improves digital literacy in all career paths to enable the growth of a Digital Economy.
Provide a stream of Advanced Digitally Aware Graduates to grow thought leadership in digital possibilities
Digital careers structure through primary.secondary and tertiary education
ICT interns
ICT apprentices
ICT degrees
Clearly define IT career paths and specialities
ICT ‘X’ Prizes & scholarships
Digital Economic DevelopmentGrowing the NZ economy by creating more jobs for digital coders, developers, creators and makers.

Global focus on collaboration and opportunities

The creation of engaging job and business opportunities for NZ’ers

The reorientation of much of our educational curriculum

Government leadership by example

KiwiMap
KiwiCode
Govt ICT Procurement
KiwiMakers
ICT education
Maker Culture
Kiwis come home- incentives to bring home Kiwis with ICT skills, entrepeneurs in ICT businesses
Digital rights based frameworkA framework to ensure
privacy for citizens are enshrined in digital environment
NZ a trustworthy place to do business and to promote innovation.
Digital Bill of Right to sit alongside BORA within Human Rights Commission

Existing funding
ApproachPurposeMechanismApplicationFunding
Existing TSOLegacy of ‘Kiwishare’ funds provision of services to remote and underserved communities and ‘social’ services such as blind & deaf relaysA levy determined by Comcom on ‘telcos’ the ‘TDL’

Comcom decides who pays

Via the ‘TDF’ administered through MBie

Funding the RBI then winding back

$50m p/a shrinking to $6m p/a
Existing UFBDelivery of capacity for 75% households to connect to 100Mb/s fibre by 2019Chorus
3 x LFCs
Via CFHSee CFH for details, currently subject of Copper Tax campaign and ensuing Chorus Crisis (could bring down Govt!)
Existing RBIImproving rural backhaul and cellular coverageTDLTDFSee TSO
4G Spectrum auctionRedeploy 700Mhz spectrumAuction - nearly finishedThe result is looking like a big long term win for Vodafone and might mark decline and demise of 2DegreesStraight to Govt

Proposed Funding

ApproachPurposeMechanismApplicationFunding
Broadband USODefines a minimum broadband spec for all (say 5Mb/s access) as well as essential social ICT servicesUsually funded out of general taxationVia wider Govt ‘Votes’TBD
‘ICT’ USODefines a minimum level of service access, may include some communication capability, access to online social services
& content
Usually funded out of general taxationVia wider Govt ‘Votes’TBD
Digital Content LevySupport for creation and ‘accessible’ distribution of NZ digital content A revenue based levy on ICT ‘carriers’Via a competitive mechanism c/f NZ on Air & NZ Film Commission etcTBD

Policy Options

PolicyDescriptionPurposeMechanismOutcomeFunding
KiwiMapAn annual ICT roadmap for NZ produced by the Govt CTOTo give NZ a neutral view of what’s coming and the implicationsNeutral Technology Roadmap Better decisions for Kiwi’s not just telcos

Avoid debacles

Directly funded thru new ‘office of Govt CTO’
KiwiCodeA requirement for Govt ICT projects to employ NZ ICT resourcesKeep projects grounded and realistic

Develop NZ ICT sector

Revised Govt tendering and procurement

Develop ICT sector

Jobs

Increased skill base

Built into projects
KiwiCallA revision of NZ telephony architecture to recognise technological advancesCreating secure, portable digital identity for all Kiwis

Facilitates eServices

Review with industry, users and Govt CTO
Allow NZ based service to compete with OTT threats
Removal of unnecessary costs
Can have social USO component for underpriviledged
Some USO
KiwiCapA fixed monthly amount of bandwidth per citizen
Can be provided to some as a ‘benefit’
Enable participation in digital society, e govt, e health etcGB at a Comcom determined regularly reviewed regulated price based on genuine wholesale costsDrive market to innovate
Digital ‘inclusion’
Eliminate ‘Cap Fear’ as barrier to uptake and adoption
Market & USO
KiwiCloudA fixed amount of encrypted digital storage provided to every citizen again can be provided to some as a benefit.
Must be NZ based
Provide all citizens with digital storage for key documents etcGB at a Comcom determined regularly reviewed regulated price based on genuine wholesale costsEliminate another digital divide barrier. Provide all with encrypted storage. Market can enhance offeringsMarket & USO
Kiwis Come Home
Provide a set of initiatives to attract Digital Kiwis home.Create the most attractive environment for returnees to continue digital business and lifestylesUnder MBIE provide Digital Business Migration IncentivesGrow NZ Digital Economy by capturing International Digital business opportunitiesUSO or DCL, MBIE
ICT CareersEnsuring Kiwis are equipped for 21st century careersOngoing social development through having high earning jobs to support NZ future needs.Education, experience and opportunity. Creating structures for successful participation in global collaborative digital economy
Foster real ‘Digital Trade Routes’ make international connectivity a strategic priority
Opportunities for domestic jobs and incomes from global sourcesFurther work required
Kiwi
Content
Ensuring NZ digital content can be created, shared and distributed without impedimentCreate the skills, tools, channels and safeguards for an authentic digital Kiwi presenceEnsure educational provides the skills and the market the opportunities while the legal framework provides the protectionA strong and self sustaining environment for NZ contentFurther work required
Modern Digital communitiesActually applying UFB, RBI and digital architecture in the real worldPersonal, economic social and community development by taking an integrated and holistic approach to availability of and access to digital infrastructureDeveloping digital architectures at the individual, family/whanau, community, regional and national levelsMany including improved social inclusion and cohesion, lower government service delivery costs with improved outcomes, digital workforce development, global economic opportunitiesNeeds further work
Digital Bill of RightsA Digital Bill of Rights would establish New Zealand’s as an innovative nation in a digital environment. It would guarantee a citizen privacy and also promote a digital economy is New Zealand with certainty around operating and setting up in a fair, open, and transparent environmentprivacy for citizens are enshrined in digital environment
NZ a trustworthy place to do business and to promote innovation.
to sit alongside BORA within Human Rights CommissionRights-based framework for digital rights for citizens and business. S
its alongside security laws to provide balance against intrusive surveillance
Needs further work


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