The Internet Party: A progressive force?

Article – Byron Clark The Internet Party is going to fundamentally change this countrys political landscape, apparently. Its unusual for a party that has not registered with the electoral commission, and who havent announced any concrete policy or candidates, to be … The Internet Party: A progressive force? By Byron Clark February 3, 2014 http://fightback.org.nz/2014/02/03/the-internet-party-a-progressive-force/ The Internet Party is going to fundamentally change this country’s political landscape, apparently. It’s unusual for a party that has not registered with the electoral commission, and who haven’t announced any concrete policy or candidates, to be viewed in such high regard by the media, yet we are seeing comments like “something fantastic is brewing for New Zealand and I for one am watching happily as it unfolds,” from Derek Handley in the National Business Review, the publication that for one reason or another has given the party the most coverage. “Kim Dotcom will unleash the force of innovation and the internet in the electoral and democratic process,” claims Handley; what exactly he means by that is unclear. The vague policy points that Internet Party have so far around issues of surveillance and high speed internet are not exactly new and exciting. “The emergence of the Internet Party is somewhat frustrating for the Greens,” writes former Green MP and intelligence spokesperson Keith Locke on The Daily Blog, “given that pretty much all of the...

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