We need to protect our Internet rights

New Zealanders deserve the right to a thriving, open Internet which supports economic development, innovation and free speech. The Internet over the last twenty five years has changed everything; from how we communicate, how we buy and sell products and even how we fall in love. Our laws in many respects are trying to play catch-up with the rapid development of the Internet and in some cases have actually harmed its free and open nature.

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Paula Bennett must take responsibility for privacy breaches at her Ministry

Since the massive privacy breach at the Ministry of Social Development was made public on Sunday 14th October, Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has consistently passed the buck and refused to accept responsibility for the total failure of leadership she has provided. The release of the damning Deloitte Independent Review of Information Systems Security on […]

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ACC: what we really need to ask

There’s nothing quite like a ministerial resignation to send political insiders and journalists into a frenzy. There are big issues arising from Nick Smith’s interference in Bronwyn Pullar’s ACC claim. Such as: Are the four letters that Nick Smith wrote concerning Ms Pullar’s claim the extent of his interference in her claim, or is there […]

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Welfare reform goes Nanny Goat Gruff: The State gets mouthy on youth – Part 3 of many

According to the latest Cabinet papers, we can expect stage one of the legislative changes to be introduced to Parliament next week, ready for implementation in July 2012. I’ve blogged previously about the DPB work testing requirements, touched on the loss of the TIA for higher level studies, and Metiria has blogged about incentivising contraception […]

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