IT leaders wary of Dotcom

TOM PULLAR-STRECKER
Last updated 05:00 15/01/2014

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Information technology industry leaders are keeping their distance as internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom prepares to take the wraps off a new political party concerned with internet-related issues.

Xero founder Rod Drury said he had no comment on whether the party would be good or bad for the industry.

"I don't want to get associated with anything like that; it's not my thing," Drury said.

The chief executive of the Institute for Information Technology Professionals, Paul Matthews, said the institute would also "prefer to stay out of this one".

Candace Kinser, chief executive of the industry body NZICT, whose members include multinationals as well as locally owned firms, said it would be interesting to see its policies "that may work for or against the wider technology industry and the wider corporate industry as well".

Yesterday Dotcom offered 2000 free tickets to a party that he will hold at Auckland's Shed 10 venue on Monday.

He said he would use the event to provide more details of his new political party and to launch his Baboom online music service, work on which has been under way for about 18 months.

Baboom, previously dubbed Megabox, has attracted criticism for some website owners as consumers would agree to substitute some advertisements served up by third-party websites with adverts delivered by the Dotcom-owned business, in return for free music. That would affect the income of those online businesses whose advertisements were substituted.

Monday marks the second anniversary of the raid on Dotcom's Coatesville mansion and is also the eve of his 40th birthday.

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- BusinessDay.co.nz

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