Tag: Innovation

Last Days to Contribute to NZ Open Government Action Plan

Article – Open Source Open Society New Zealands Open Government Partnership Action Plan is open for consultation until the end of day on this Friday 26 August. If you care about transparency, accountability participation and better use of technology in the way our government is run then …Last Days to Contribute to NZ Open Government Action Plan New Zealand’s ‘Open Government Partnership’ Action Plan is open for consultation until the end of day on this Friday 26 August. If you care about transparency, accountability participation and better use of technology in the way our government is run then you should make a submission here. If you are in Wellington there is also a final full day co-creation workshop on this Friday where you can get involved at a deeper level. See the Press release published on Scoop yesterday here for further details. Our position as a leader in this space is at threat New Zealand has had very good fiscal and government accountability and transparency reputation, however recent developments such as the Panama Papers and increasingly poor public consultation processes are threatening this reputation. As Susanne Snively, chair of Transparency International New Zealand said at yesterday’s Open Source Open Society Conference in Wellington, our position as a leader in this space is slipping due to complacency and lack of ambition to look towards transparency and accountability in a modern...

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Patronage, Journalism and Open Society.

Article – James Littlewood A panel discussion this morning shone a very bright light on a very familiar problem: the problem of journalism; knowing whats going on; keeping the bastards honest. Marianne Ellion (of Action Station) hosted the discussion with Mark Jennings (Mediaworks), … A panel discussion this morning shone a very bright light on a very familiar problem: the problem of journalism; knowing what’s going on; keeping the bastards honest. Marianne Ellion (of Action Station) hosted the discussion with Mark Jennings (Mediaworks), Jan Rivers (Scoop) and Bernard Hickey (Hive News). The problem is all too familiar. But here...

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InternetNZ presents TPP views to Select Committee

Press Release – InternetNZ InternetNZ Chief Executive Jordan Carter and Issues Advisor James Ting-Edwards appeared today before Parliaments Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee as it conducts its examination of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement.InternetNZ presents TPP views to Select Committee InternetNZ Chief Executive Jordan Carter and Issues Advisor James Ting-Edwards appeared today before Parliament’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee as it conducts its examination of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. “We made four key points to the Select Committee,” says Chief Executive Jordan Carter. “First, the longer copyright term required by the Agreement is not in New Zealand’s interests. The twenty-year extension to the duration of copyright will cost the country more than the gains it might offer to a few New Zealand creators. “Second, the criminalisation of breaches of digital locks (so-called “Technological Protection Measures” or TPMs) by ordinary users of technology marks a far-reaching change. For the first time, people who open these locks just to access a movie, song, or book will risk legal liability – even if they have the right to view the underlying content. These legal risks threaten innovation and inhibit competition. To make this system work, New Zealand will have to make extensive and clever use of the allowed exceptions – and will have to update those exceptions regularly. “Third, the negatives in the Agreement mentioned above can be balanced...

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Little: Backing The Kiwi Dream

Speech – New Zealand Labour Party The reason I wanted to open with that is our economy is a bit like that story the machines started, theres nothing we can do to stop it, its coming towards us and weve got to decide what to do about it. CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY State of the Nation speech Andrew Little, Leader of the Labour Party Auckland, 31 January 2016 Jacinda, thank you so much for that kind introduction. It’s a pleasure to be introduced by the next MP for Auckland Central. Can I also acknowledge our Labour Caucus, including our deputy Annette King and finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. I’d also like to acknowledge Phil Goff. It’s funny, Phil seems to be at every gathering in Auckland with more than three people for some reason. Phil, this is going to be a big year for Auckland, and I know you’ll do a fantastic job as Mayor. Right, I want to tell you a quick story about the Future of Work and I promise it’s 100% true. When I ran the EPMU, I got an incredible insurance claim form to sign off from one of our senior organisers. He’d taken his union car into the carwash to have it cleaned. He’d punched his code into the computer and had driven in. The machine was running, the car was covered in soapy water and...

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Gordon Campbell on the TPP deal reached in Atlanta

Column – Gordon Campbell If the TPP was the Rugby World Cup, the New Zealand team probably wouldnt be making it out of pool play. While the final details will not emerge for a month, the TPP is offering disappointing returns for New Zealand and over a very long … Gordon Campbell on the TPP deal reached in Atlanta If the TPP was the Rugby World Cup, the New Zealand team probably wouldn’t be making it out of pool play. While the final details will not emerge for a month, the TPP is offering disappointing returns for New Zealand… and over a very long phase-in period… of up to 25 years in major areas important to us, even though many of the concessions we have made would take immediate effect. Typically, Prime Minister John Key has already been spinning the “93% tariff free” outcome across the TPP region, as if that situation was entirely due to the TPP deal. To get that figure, Key is adding all pre-existing tariff reductions and adding them to the TPP. To take a relevant example… 80% of US trade with other TPP members is already duty free. Yes, the TPP has helped to knock a few points off the tariffs facing our exporters. Yet some of those alleged dollar gains may well have been made regardless over time – and without the negative...

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