Apart from incessant OIA delays - sometimes even having simple questions automatically turned into OIAs "for the sake of process" - isn't it marvellous how certain government agencies and departments wait until the last business day before a major public holiday to release information and important decisions?
Excellent post, David.
Would this happen to be our Search and Surveillance Act of 2012 in action?
You'd have to wonder why the minister responsible for the SIS wasn't briefed on Dotcom at the time.
Destroying notes is a silly suggestion, for a raft of reasons.
Bizarre stuff. Does it mean that literary or narrative journalism which is often published in books isn't protected as "news activity" in New Zealand because this can only be done in articles as per Justice Winkelman's reading of the law?
And yeah, Farrar. Lizard brain response there that was possibly unintentionally candid.
As the Americans say, the man is tone-deaf.
Not sure that either party, Labour or National, are in favour of Internet freedom. The guilty until proven innocent anti-file sharing law, the "voluntary" Internet filter, the online bullying moral panic legislation, TICS, you name it: not much in that soup of silliness that promotes and protects the rights of Internet users.
Putting PRISM resources to "good use"?
May be of interest:
Chorus Statement – Coalition for fair internet pricing
The estimates used today are based on a draft price issued at the start of a long regulatory process. That price has never been implemented and describing this as a “new tax” is clearly misleading and incorrect.
The issue at hand is deciding the extent to which wholesale prices may decline, at the same time as ensuring that consumers continue to benefit from investment in high quality broadband infrastructure and investors get a fair return. That process is ongoing.
New Zealand is already benefitting from consistently better value for broadband services, as well as faster connections than ever before.
On top of this, the Ultra-fast Broadband initiative is set to deliver one of the highest quality national broadband infrastructures in the world at the same time as further lowering prices for consumers.
“New Zealand is about 20% through a once-in-many-generation upgrade to our national broadband infrastructure, which will deliver significant social and economic benefits,” said Mark Ratcliffe, Chorus CEO.
“At the same time, the entry level fibre broadband wholesale price is significantly lower than the current copper broadband price, meaning that this initiative will also deliver savings for consumers.
“Given the many benefits of this initiative, it is important that the economics of the project remain in place for the Government’s partners, that investment is supported throughout the duration of the build and the transition to fibre is supported so consumers get savings and wider benefits.”
The size and scale of the "e-surveillance" is enormous and started some thirty years' ago, maybe longer. Paul Brislen wrote about it in the late 90s, Nicky Hager has covered it lots, and more and more pieces of the puzzle are falling into place - like your blog post Keith. Good work there.