Ten things we learned from NetHui 2013

By Bill Bennett Three busy days, a total of 65 sessions and hundreds of conversations meant NetHui gave everyone who took part plenty to think about. It’s an open conference, organisers encourage delegates to participate. That makes it New Zealand’s biggest technology learning experience. There’s no way to squeeze all the insights into a single, simple… Read more >>

NetHui 2013: GCSB bill too important to rush

By Bill Bennett Legislation proposing to extend the powers of the Government Communications Security Bureau is too important to rush through Parliament without more debate. That’s the consensus of the panel discussing state surveillance and the GCSB at NetHui 2013. Significantly the panel included former GCSB director Sir Bruce Ferguson who told delegates there’s a need… Read more >>

NetHui 2013: Quinn Norton’s chaotic, swirling internet vision

By Bill Bennett Keynote speaker Quinn Norton connects what is happening in today’s society as a result of the internet revolution and what happened 400 or so years ago when the printing press arrived. In itself that’s not a particularly orignal observation. We’ve heard it a dozen times before. However Norton brings the idea bang up… Read more >>

Former GCSB director to join panel at NetHui 2013

Former Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau, Sir  Bruce Ferguson will tomorrow participate in a NetHui 2013 panel discussion on state surveillance and the GCSB. The panel is titled ‘State Surveillance of Online Communications’ and will be held at 11.30am at the Wellington Town Hall Auditorium. Discussion will revolve around the proposed legislation that… Read more >>

NetHui 2013: Adams to update TSO regulations

By Bill Bennett Communications minister Amy Adams used her NetHui 2013 keynote to announce a review of the Telecommunications Service Obligations (TSO) and a wider review of New Zealand telecommunications regulations. The review seems long overdue. Many of the rules now in place were written for an earlier era. Adams says the minimum speed requirement… Read more >>

Nethui 2013: Taking action at InTAC

By Bill Bennett Monday at Nethui is largely given over to workshops. At InTAC (Internet Technical Architecture Conference) a series of team exercises attempted to answer two questions: What do we want the New Zealand internet to look like in five years? What five actions can the industry can perform in the next five months… Read more >>

NetHui 2013: The real trouble with journalism

By Bill Bennett TLDNR – too long, did not read. It’s the kind of comment you might expect to hear in an online forum, not from a senior news executive at the nation’s largest newspaper. And certainly not in the context where it was used in front of former New Zealand Herald feature writer Chris… Read more >>


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