Tag: Telecommunications

Gordon Campbell on the security services review

Column – Gordon Campbell T o no-ones real surprise, the Cullen/Reddy review of the security services has recommended an extension of the powers of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), mainly to legally enable the agency to use its technological expertise … Gordon Campbell on the security services review, and Bernie Sanders’ victory against the TPP To no-one’s real surprise, the Cullen/Reddy review of the security services has recommended an extension of the powers of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), mainly to legally enable the agency to use its technological expertise to spy on New Zealanders. So… a review that was triggered by the GCSB breaking the letter (and the clear intent) of the existing law– which clearly forbade it to engage in the surveillance of New Zealanders – has now rewarded the miscreants, by legalizing their behavior. Yep, that’s the way to engender public confidence – give more power to the foxes, to enable them to better guard the henhouse. Why should we, in future, place our trust in organisations that have shown in the recent past that they either cannot understand or – more credibly – simply do not respect the boundaries placed on their activities by the current law? The Cullen/Reddy review makes much of the need to integrate the various laws governing the SIS and the GCSB, which are depicted as being confusing and...

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Adams: Our plan to keep New Zealand Cyber Secure

Speech – New Zealand Government You are here because we share a common belief that cyber security is a critical issue for New Zealand.Hon Amy Adams Minister for Communications 10 December 2015 “Our plan to keep New Zealand Cyber Secure” Launch of the New Zealand Cyber Security Strategy Good evening, You are here because we share a common belief – that cyber security is a critical issue for New Zealand. I want to start out by saying that the Government is as committed to a secure, resilient and prosperous online New Zealand as you are. And I’m here tonight to announce a step-change in the way we combat cyber threats. It is particularly pleasing to be here in front of such a wide ranging audience, including leaders from the business sector, key government agencies, and a range of non-government organisations involved in the information technology and communication area. Many of you are Connect Smart partners – and I want to make special mention of those Connect Smart partners who are here and commend you for your ongoing support. I’ve said it before, but to me it’s a “no brainer” that the government and the private sector need to work together to improve the country’s cyber security. We are all in this together. This is what the Connect Smart partnership is all about. Launched in 2014, Connect Smart is a...

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First official TPP text confirms IP concerns

Press Release – InternetNZ InternetNZ is pleased that the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is finally out in the open. InternetNZ CEO Jordan Carter said our concerns about the IP Chapter are confirmed by the final text.First official TPP text confirms IP concerns InternetNZ is pleased that the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is finally out in the open. InternetNZ CEO Jordan Carter said our concerns about the IP Chapter are confirmed by the final text. “Based on our first read, the IP Chapter is the same as the version leaked last month. For New Zealand, this means longer copyright terms and a new offence for removing digital locks on content, even where there is no copyright infringement. “Until now, New Zealand has not criminalised people just for bypassing a TPM ‘digital lock.’ Article 18.68 of the IP chapter could change that, meaning people who tinker with technology could be made into criminals. “New Zealand depends on innovation to overcome our small size and distance from the rest of the world. We must ensure that legitimate tinkering, which does not infringe copyright, is still allowed.” The TPP also requires longer copyright terms, which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has said will cost consumers $55 million a year. With the TPP we are getting US-style copyright terms, says Carter. “New Zealanders may have to ask whether we can...

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TPP Treaty: Intellectual Property Rights Chapter Released

Press Release – Wikileaks Today, 9 October, 2015 WikiLeaks releases the final negotiated text for the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Intellectual Property Rights Chapter. The TPP encompasses 12 nations representing more than 40 per cent of global GDP. Despite a final agreement, the …TPP Treaty: Intellectual Property Rights Chapter – 5 October 2015 Today, 9 October, 2015 WikiLeaks releases the final negotiated text for the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Intellectual Property Rights Chapter. The TPP encompasses 12 nations representing more than 40 per cent of global GDP. Despite a final agreement, the text is still being withheld from the public, notably until after the Canadian election on October 19. The document is dated four days ago, October 5th, or last Monday, the same day it was announced in Atlanta, Georgia that the 12 member states to the treaty had reached an accord after five and a half years of negotiations. The IP Chapter of the TPP has perhaps been the most controversial chapter due to its wide-ranging effects on internet services, medicines, publishers, civil liberties and biological patents. “If TPP is ratified, people in the Pacific-Rim countries would have to live by the rules in this leaked text,” said Peter Maybarduk, Public Citizen’s Global Access to Medicines Program Director. “The new monopoly rights for big pharmaceutical firms would compromise access to medicines in TPP countries. The TPP would cost lives.” Hundreds...

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