Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


InternetNZ welcomes growing debate on Internet issues

Updated 1.30pm

InternetNZ welcomes growing debate on Internet issues

InternetNZ is pleased to see evidence that debate on Internet issues is taking hold, with today’s release by the Green Party of a for-comment Internet rights and freedom bill.

InternetNZ CEO Jordan Carter says that there is a lot of merit in having this discussion, but he’s not sure that new legislation is quite the right way to deal with the issues highlighted in the draft Bill.

“This draft bill includes good ideas on a wide range of topics. Putting out a draft Bill and seeking public feedback is a good idea. Crowd sourcing provides a way to tap into broader expertise, and it lets ideas be tested before they become commitments.

“InternetNZ encourages all political parties to embrace this approach to developing policy on Internet issues. There are a lot of people in the community with a lot of brilliant ideas and tapping those minds shows a willingness to learn and get the best possible result.

“On the substance, our initial analysis is that many of the issues that are raised in this Bill could be addressed with targeted changes to the Bill of Rights Act or to other existing legislation (e.g. the Privacy Act and the Human Rights Act). This fits in with a core InternetNZ policy principle, that laws governing behaviour online should not generally be different to those aimed at behaviour offline.

“Surveillance is a good example. There is nothing that a Digital Bill of Rights Act could do in outlawing mass surveillance that the current Bill of Rights Act does not. The framework of law that enables surveillance is contained in other statutes and those would need to be changed to change surveillance practice.

“Overall, this draft bill does contain some very useful principles, and they are generally articulated well. There is no doubt these ideas could be developed further to act as a guide for how legislation should be “recast” interms of the Internet, and that may end up being a more useful outcome than legislation in and of itself.

“We look forward to seeing what other parties bring to the table in terms of their policy suggestions for making the Internet better – and in how they use the Internet to develop their plans. InternetNZ will develop a statement of issues for political parties to take into account as they develop policy, as it has done in previous years. This is anticipated for release next month. Following the election, the organisation will again present a briefing to the incoming Government on Internet issues.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

#Kexit: Prime Minister John Key Announces Resignation

Prime Minister John Key has announced that he’s resigning as Prime Minister in seven days’ time. He made the unexpected announcement at a 12.45 press conference at Parliament, called with less than an hour’s notice.

“It has been an enormous privilege to be Prime Minister of New Zealand, and these last eight years have been an incredible experience. Throughout these years I have given everything I could to this job that I cherish, and this country that I love...“ More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Resignation

The resignation of John Key is one thing. The way that Key and his deputy Bill English have screwed the scrum on the leadership succession vote (due on December 12) is something else again. It remains to be seen whether the party caucus – ie, the ambitious likes of Steven Joyce, Judith Collins, Paula Bennett, and Amy Adams – will simply roll over... More>>

 

Q+A: Labour's Michael Wood Wins Mt Roskill

Labour’s Michael Wood, who last night won a 6,000 vote majority in the Mt Roskill by-election, says the reason for the win was simple, clear messaging... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Anne Tolley’s Callous Folly

Last week’s conflict between Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and District Court judge Carolyn Henwood illustrated quite a few of the flaws in the system. More>>

ALSO:

Members’ Bills: Greens' Domestic Violence And Loans Bills Pulled From Ballot

Jan Logie’s Domestic Violence-Victims' Protection Bill introduces workplace protections for victims of domestic violence, including allowing victims to request paid domestic violence leave for up to 10 days... Gareth Hughes’ Bill allows Kiwis with student loans to defer their student loan repayments into a first home savings scheme. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Police Did Not 'Deliberately' Use Pepper Spray On 10-Year-Old

"When spraying the man, the officer did not properly consider the necessity of using pepper spray in a confined space, the likelihood that it would affect the other innocent passengers or the fact that he was using a more powerful spray." More>>

ALSO:

Donor Bill Passes: Full Income Compensation For Live Organ Donors

Unanimous cross-party support for the Compensation for Live Organ Donors Bill represents a critical step in reducing the burgeoning waiting list for kidney donations, according to Kidney Health New Zealand chief executive Max Reid. More>>

ALSO:

Earthquake Response: Emergency Legislation Prepared

Three new Bills have been drafted in the wake of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake on November 14 to ensure the government can enable affected communities to respond quickly and efficiently. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news