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Friday, November 13, 2009

New Zealanders’ Internet rights for sale

Today I wrote a guest post on Publicaddress about ACTA, the secret treaty that could take away your right to an Internet connection. It’s all being driven by overseas lobbyists, and they have quite a number of countries negotiating a treaty to force draconian laws on all of us.

This isn’t idle scaremongering. The previous government showed it was quite willing to give the right to cut off your Internet connection to appease a handful of unaccountable industry lobby groups, and the current government is negotiating an international treaty to guarantee it.

You don’t have to put up with this. Just say no. Write to your MP. Write to the responsible Minister, Simon Power. Or write to John Key. Tell them: you wouldn’t cut off the power to a household whose neighbours said it played music too loud. And you can’t cut off the Internet for a house where someone has been accused of downloading a song. And tell them that New Zealand doesn’t need its Internet damaged – and New Zealanders don’t deserve to have their rights curtailed – to suit the needs of a very few companies.

posted by colin at 11:22 pm  


  1. Colin, if you supply the proper addresses to be used
    for communication with Power and Key, you will get a
    better response. Internet users like to be spoon-fed…

    Comment by Ed Murphy — 14 November 2009 @ 2:38 pm

  2. I like to think Internet users know how to use search engines.

    Comment by Lawrence D'Oliveiro — 16 November 2009 @ 9:31 am

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