InternetNZ awards funding for legal research projects

Wednesday 19 September 2012, 1:53PM
By Internet NZ

InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) is pleased to announce that it has awarded over $53,000 of community funding in its Policy and Legal Funding Round.

Funding recipients are James Mahuta-Coyle, Richard Best and Joy Liddicoat, with the following three projects being funded:

Jurisdictional Limits of New Zealand Privacy Law in the Cloud – James Mahuta-Coyle

This project will produce a report that attempts to map the existing jurisdictional limits of the New Zealand Privacy Act 1993, considers policy objectives behind regulating privacy-related aspects of the infrastructure-as-a-service market, and proposes alternatives for privacy law change.

Online Participation and the Law of Consultation – Richard Best

On the assumption that public bodies will increasingly move to online forms of consultation and wider engagement, this project will address questions as to how administrative law principles of consultation developed in the paper-based world ought to be applied in online contexts.

Developing a New Zealand Internet Freedom Index – Joy Liddicoat

There are few tools by which the local Internet community can measure the state of their Internet freedom. There is also a lack of adequate tools for prompting wider debate and improving awareness of the importance of an open and uncaptureable Internet. This project aims to address these gaps by developing an Internet Freedom Index suitable for the New Zealand context.

The focus of InternetNZ’s Policy and Legal Funding Round was on Internet-related public-policy and legal research projects. It was held between July and September 2012. Chief Executive Vikram Kumar says, “Community funding is a way for InternetNZ to recognise and back the best ideas from the community. We are very pleased to be able to fund good community ideas to deliver benefits for the community from protecting and promoting the Internet.”

Once the research projects have been completed, InternetNZ will co-ordinate a workshop in which the funding recipients will present the results of their work.

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