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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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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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Transparency and openness needed in TPPA IP negotiations

Press Release – InternetNZ InternetNZ says today’s protest actions on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) draws valid attention to concerns regarding the secrecy surrounding the deal.Transparency and openness needed in TPPA Intellectual Property negotiations InternetNZ says today’s protest actions on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) draws valid attention to concerns regarding the secrecy surrounding the deal. “The Internet community in New Zealand and worldwide negotiates standards, protocols, policies and governance arrangements in the full light of day,” says InternetNZ Chief Executive Jordan Carter. “This has two beneficial effects. “First: anyone who is interested can add their voice to the discussion. All relevant perspectives are on the table. Contributions are judged on their merits – strength of argument and logical coherence tend to win the day. “Second: this entrenched transparency helps make sure special privileges for selected groups are hard to allow or to defend,” Jordan Carter says. InternetNZ is a strong supporter of the open creation of requirements for Internet policy for these reasons. Other debates on intellectual property have historically happened the same way – for example, in the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s procedures. Mr Carter says this open approach has given the world the open Internet we all benefit from today. “The huge gains it generates now – and will keep generating if allowed to continue – must not be put at risk. Unfortunately, that is precisely...

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Top 10 predictions for the Internet in 2015

Press Release – InternetNZ In the spirit of bravery and Christmas Cheer, and with the knowledge of almost certainly being proven wrong on many of these, InternetNZ has made its Top 10 Predictions for the Internet in 2015.Top 10 predictions for the Internet in 2015 In the spirit of bravery and Christmas Cheer, and with the knowledge of almost certainly being proven wrong on many of these, InternetNZ has made its Top 10 Predictions for the Internet in 2015. 10. More large-scale Intenet security incidents. The world has already seen a lot of angsting about the hacking of Sony Pictures, with fingers being pointed at the North Koreans. We also know that these large-scale, public attacks are likely just the tip of the iceberg too. Unfortunately, as more and more data moves online, it is inevitable that the attractiveness of online attacks increases too. This is one of the big reasons why InternetNZ commissioned research into what a Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) could look like for New Zealand, and why continuing to work with agencies in this area will be important for InternetNZ in 2015. 9. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICAAN) will get to grips with becoming more accountable. Most in the Internet Community probably already know about the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) transition to ICANN, and what that means for Internet...

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NSA whistleblower Snowden says kiwis are ‘being watched’

Article – BusinessDesk Sept. 15 (BusinessDesk) – Fugitive spying whistleblower Edward Snowden put in an appearance via the internet at tonight’s Internet Party Moment of Truth event to back up his claims that mass surveillance of New Zealanders is already taking place … NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden says kiwis are ‘being watched’ By Fiona Rotherham Sept. 15 (BusinessDesk) – Fugitive spying whistleblower Edward Snowden put in an appearance via the internet at tonight’s Internet Party Moment of Truth event to back up his claims that mass surveillance of New Zealanders is already taking place despite government denials. Snowden had earlier posted an article on The Intercept website entitled “New Zealand’s Prime Minister isn’t telling the truth about mass surveillance”, where he said any statement that mass surveillance isn’t performed in New Zealand, or that internet communications are not comprehensively intercepted and monitored, is categorically false. “If you live in New Zealand, you are being watched,” he said. He also told the event there were two US National Security Agency facilities in New Zealand – one in Auckland and one further north. Prime Minister John Key released declassified documents just before the Moment of Truth event, where 800 people had to be turned away from the packed Auckland Town Hall while more than 22,000 viewers watched on the YouTube livestream. Key again denied the claims by Snowden and American journalist...

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