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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Govt goes blog

This hardly the first time government people have dabbled their toes in blogging, but it’s well worth looking at.

Over at, the government’s Digital Strategy team has put up a blog to discuss New Zealand’s digital strategy. The Digital Strategy is what drives the government’s overall approach to digital policy, and it led among other things to last year’s regulation of Telecom. Take a look at the blog and think about writing them a comment.

Anyway, the Digital Strategy is up for revision this year, and part of that is a meeting in Auckland next month to talk about how we need to be digital, and how we can be. The meeting will even have a feed into Second Life!

This ain’t your Grandma’s policy summit – unless she’s a seriously wired lady, that is.

posted by colin at 9:18 pm  


  1. The link to th eblog doesn’t work! I think it should be, not

    Comment by Peter Lynch — 24 October 2007 @ 10:58 am

  2. Fixed, thanks.

    Comment by colin — 24 October 2007 @ 11:03 am

  3. I find somewhat ironic that this blog is not hosted in NZ. A excellent case of walk not matching talk.


    Comment by Jamie — 28 October 2007 @ 7:33 pm

  4. Jamie’s quite right to point out that the govt’s digitalfuture blog is hosted in the US. So is this blog, so I can’t complain too loudly! Even so, I think it’s a bit on the nose for govt to host offshore.

    And the reason I host offshore is, quite simply, the risk of a high bill due to low traffic caps. This is made all the more ironic by the fact that the reason often given for data caps is paying for the Southern Cross. This is a New Zealand blog with a mainly NZ audience, but if I host it here I pay by the byte for the Southern Cross cable which I’m not using, and if I host in in the US I don’t pay for it even though I’m using it! Depeering drives up local prices further. I’ve discussed this problem on air before.

    But fear of bill shock shouldn’t be quite such an issue for a government department as it is for an individual. It would be good to see government putting its money where its mouth is on this one.

    Comment by colin — 29 October 2007 @ 6:14 am

  5. I meant the digitalfuture blog…

    Comment by jamie — 29 October 2007 @ 8:07 am

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