LIISA - thank you for carrying out that interview with Lessig. I will wait for the OGG podcast to go up so I can play it on Ubuntu. Fortunately Radio NZ are excellent at providing us with free choices.
On the TPPA front, not all of us have given up. NZRise (http://nzrise.org.nz) organised the following presentations to TPPA negotiators in Vietnam the week before last. It went well. And like many of these good things it received financial support from InternetNZ (as well as CCIA and Catalyst IT).
See this article for details:
Only one party can be delegated a ccTLD.
Yes, but there are plenty of ccTLDs to chose from. PublicAddress uses .net for example. Others are using .tv, .ly and .co
What INZ and their subsidiaries have done is set up a system of governance and transparency that makes .nz one of the most trusted ccTLDs in the world. That's one of the many reasons I am so proud to be associated with INZ. The work of those who have preceded people like myself has been remarkable.
So that’s why .nz domain names are $35-40 a year, while .net .org or .com names are only $15-20.
This obviously gives lie to the idea that INZ somehow has a "natural monopoly" on domain names.
What is also important to note is that wholesale fees have been falling in real terms year after year. The last actual reduction was last year. .nz domain names wholesale at $15/year.
content creators are, as I noted, thin on the ground
Well, no. My company, Catalyst IT, creates thousands of lines of "content" every single week. I really do object to not being included in the sector that has interest in content creation and therefore issues of copyright etc.
That said, it is a sad that members of the film and music sectors in particular may not be attending. This is a reflection of many in those industry's inability to harness business models that their consumers are demanding.
I will be at Nethui, as a sponsor and a member of the Internet NZ council. Very much looking forward to catching up with folks, and congratulations to Vikram and his team for putting together an event that has been so heavily subscribed.
I agree, this is very good news, and a great speech. Good on Mayor Bloomberg for paying his fellow Republicans to do some researchiness.
Oh yeah, no PO, no invoice. Worked a treat.
You need SAP for that rule? Why, did they patent it or something?
And in case you were wondering, Auckland could have looked no further than...Auckland for a solution - http://www.adaxa.com/
But no, your $$s are heading into never never land.
Senior council officers said a single new computer system was necessary to improve service to customers, reduce the risk of system failures, boost IT efficiency and capacity, meet regulatory and legal requirements, and produce savings.
Recipe for disaster, right there.
Keep them small, agile and moving in a common direction...that's the recipe for success, integration and finding points of co-operation.
Russell - does anyone know how much of that money will be spent on New Zealand companies? Is this a chance for the Auckland tech. community to shine and grow?
Or will the money be pissed away on overseas businesses who seem to find the idea of paying taxes in NZ laughable?
Anyone in Auckland care to ask for some contract cost breakdowns?
I'd be surprised if there was now a sudden rush of threat letters from lawyers demanding enormous amounts of cash from alleged infringers
Why would you be surprised? It has happened in every other country that has passed this sort of legislation. Indeed, it already happens here.
By the way, I don't see why we shouldn't criticise the act because it is less bad than before. The fact is, it is not much less bad. The language of the act still makes a presumption of guilt and termination is still on the cards.
There is another reason to make a big fuss now...the TPP agreement where the US has made demands that far exceed most peoples' worst expectations. That is happening right now. Next round of negotiations in Vietnam end of June. If the NZ public looks like it doesn't care then our negotiators (who do try and represent) won't care and, more importantly, the politicians who will make the final compromises won't care.