ICT Minister Amy Adams to address NetHui South delegates

Thursday 25 October 2012, 1:21PM
By Internet NZ

InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) announces that Hon Amy Adams – Minister for Communications and Information Technology – will deliver a Ministerial keynote at the upcoming NetHui South event. 

NetHui South will be held over two days from 23 – 24 November 2012 at  Otago University and Otago Museum. Costing a low $40 inclusive of GST, registrations can be made online through 

Also featuring at NetHui South will be computer security expert and self-proclaimed ‘professional paranoid’ Peter Gutmann, who will deliver a keynote speech on ‘usable security’. Another keynote presenter is Joy Liddicoat, who will be talking about a ‘rights-based approach to the Internet’. She is the Internet Rights are Human Rights Project Co-ordinator at the Association for Progressive Communications and Chair of the Domain Name Commission Ltd.

Following a welcome by Dunedin City Council Chief Executive Paul Orders,  Deputy Mayor Cr Chris Staynes will update delegates on the city’s Digital Strategy. In addition, Stuart Dillon-Roberts from the Dunedin Digital Office will present on a number of other South Island digital strategies.   

A diverse line-up of panellists including Kiwiblog’s David Farrar, University of Otago Professor George Benwell, and Dr William Rolleston of Federated Farmers has also been confirmed. Labour MP Clare Curran and Greens MP Gareth Hughes have also agreed to speak at NetHui South.

Full programme details are available at   

In keeping with NetHui South’s Internet and regional theme, Christchurch-based ISP Snap Internet will provide free wireless Internet connectivity for all delegates during the event. 

InternetNZ Chief Executive Vikram Kumar says NetHui South is shaping up to be a banner event and encourages all those with an interest in the Internet to attend.

“With six roundtable sessions and a number of panels and debates there is something for everyone. Topics under discussion reflect many of the major touch points shaping the Internet today, including cloud computing, ‘big data’, cyber-security, copyright and online behaviours,” he says.

Kumar says NetHui South is half way between a traditional conference and an unconference or barcamp. “Like a traditional conference, NetHui South has a pre-agreed agenda. However, much like an unconference, people ‘participate’ rather than passively ‘attend’. A key feature of NetHui is the roundtable sessions where everyone’s views are encouraged to provide a true community-led conference.”

NetHui South represents multi-stakeholderism in its true form, where everyone’s views are valued and everyone is encouraged to fully participate. We warmly invite everyone with an interest in the economic, social, cultural and political opportunities the Internet provides New Zealand to come along and join the conversation.”

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