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Impact ‘08 Water Management Seminar

InternetNZ Media Advisory – 13 May 2008

Impact ‘08 Water Management Seminar

The second of seven Impact ‘08 ICT seminar series, of which InternetNZ is a co-sponsor, is being held on 19 May from 12 noon to 2.00pm.

The topic for the seminar is Water Management and how Google Maps, wikis and other open source solutions are changing the way water is managed, used and studied.

Speakers include NIWA Manager of Operational Forecasting Bernard Miville, Environment Canterbury Chief Executive Bryan Jenkins and Dave Loubser from the Ministry for the Environment.

Speaker biographies are available in the attached document.

The seminar is being presented interactively on a national basis using Access Grid network nodes at Auckland, Waikato, Victoria, Lincoln and Canterbury universities. These are connected through the high speed KAREN network.

The Access Grid is an advanced videoconferencing system where people in different places meet in a 'virtual venue' using audio and video tools, and other shared applications.

You can register for this seminar by emailing impact[at] or by visiting the 20/20 Communications Trust website at

About Impact ‘08

The Impact ’08 Seminar series explores the Social, Cultural & Ethical Impact of ICT Innovation.

The seminars are organised and funded through a partnership of UNESCO New Zealand, the 2020 Communications Trust and InternetNZ.

The following seminars are also planned for June & July 2008:

Agriculture - June 16

What are the impacts for farmers with Rural Broadband, GPS and RFID technologies? What are the impacts on the consumer, food distribution & preparation operations and our health?

Identity - July 21

Does the sense of identify and privacy change with innovations in ICT? What is the impact on the rights of the individual when the ease of access to information becomes so easy and fast?

For more information visit the 2020 Communications Trust website:


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