Greens launch Internet Rights website

Last updated 15:12 23/04/2014

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The Green Party has launched its Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill and, in a New Zealand first, is crowdsourcing for feedback through a new website.

The Greens are calling on the public to shape the proposed law, which would set up an internet rights commissioner and a chief technology officer for the country.

Information and communications spokesman Gareth Hughes said the bill would instil 10 "basic rights" for internet users.

"As well as protecting users, the Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill aims to encourage innovation, digital democracy and the growth of New Zealand's ICT sector," he said

Hughes said the crowdsourced platform of the bill meant New Zealanders had the chance to influence its final draft.

The Internet Party launched New Zealand's first application that allowed digital membership sign-up.

Internet Party chief executive Vikram Kumar had said one of the next phases of the app would be to allow members to shape the party's policies.

Hughes said he had been working on the Greens' since last year, and the website was the first to allow the public to shape the party's policy.

"The Green Party wants to make laws more accessible and engaging for New Zealanders," he said.

"Whether it is the right to free speech, privacy or anonymity Kiwis most value, they will have a chance to have their say."

The bill proposes:

❏ Ten internet rights and freedoms, which include the right to access, the right to encryption technology and the right to privacy, which includes the right to be forgotten online.

❏ An internet rights commissioner as part of the Human Rights Commission.

❏ A chief technology officer, similar to the role of the chief science adviser.

❏ That New Zealand supports a global internet rights treaty.

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