Discussion on Future:Digital

October 26th, 2011 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

released earlier this month a discussion document called Future:Digital, talking about possible priorities for a future Government. It’s only nine pages so an easy read. There are five themes:

  1. The Internet drives economic growth
  2. A digitally inclusive society
  3. A vibrant, multi-cultural identity
  4. Protecting the environment for future generations
  5. A Government that “gets” the Internet

from talks about some of these themes in a blog post. He makes an interesting point:

In a paper looking back on 125 years of refrigeration (PDF), Dr Andrew Cleland explains, “In 1882 the first refrigerated meat left New Zealand for London, the pioneering use of a technology that was to transform the New Zealand economy. Animals were no longer grown for wool only, and the wealth of the nation developed rapidly. From 1882 until as recently as the early 1990s refrigerated food has returned at least 30% of New Zealand’s export income. Whilst much of the equipment has been imported, expertise in the application of refrigeration was developed in New Zealand.”

For New Zealand, the internet could be the best thing since refrigeration.

Reps from five of our political parties also debated Internet issues last week. If you missed it, you can view or listen to it at this page.

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7 Responses to “Discussion on Future:Digital”

  1. Lee01 (2,171 comments) says:

    3.A vibrant, multi-cultural identity

    Excuse me while I puke. Why does seemingly every organisation feel the need to trot out this meaningless PC tripe?

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  2. ben (2,384 comments) says:

    What is the purpose of that document?

    Governments tax, regulate, and subsidise things.

    The internet will be all of the five things listed in that document in exact proportion to the intrinsic value of the internet. Which, we know, is very high. The internet will achieve these things, or help achieve them, provided the government does NOT tax, regulate or subsidise it.

    So is InternetNZ writing this document as a way of telling the government to do what exactly? Stay away? I hope so, but doubt it. There is really only one reason to explain to government the enormous value of whatever it is that you’re pushing, and that is to seek favour: subsidy, tax breaks, new regulation, whatever.

    Colour me unimpressed, InternetNZ.

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  3. georgebolwing (978 comments) says:

    I have long suspected that a lot of the so-called ‘thought leaders’ of the internet community, which professing to be all about freedom and liberty are, in fact, central-planners who have a a very conservative nature; it is the job of Governments, aided, of course, by the truly informed (i.e. them) to tell the rest of the unwashed how to run their lives.

    The motor car is an equally transforming technology. Did we need a “chief motor car adviser” to tell the Prime Minister how people whould use motor cars to transform their lives? Did we need a “national motor car strategy”? Or a Government that “gets” the motor car?

    The Government should just get out of the way.

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  4. tristanb (1,127 comments) says:

    For New Zealand, the internet could be the best thing since refrigeration.

    Hahaha, I know what they’re trying to say, but I can’t help but laugh at how silly this sounds.

    The internet is simply connected computers with a common addressing system.

    1. The Internet drives economic growth
    – I’m sure it’s a contributor, but I don’t think it’s the driver.

    2. A digitally inclusive society
    – What the fuck does this mean? Seriously? Digitally inclusive? Sticking fingers in something? Making sure that the distribution of 0-9 is equal throughout?

    3. A vibrant, multi-cultural identity
    – I agree with Lee. Puke.

    4. Protecting the environment for future generations
    – What does this have to do with the Internet? You mean blocking Encyclopedia Dramatica?

    5. A Government that “gets” the Internet
    – We’re not doing too well. Especially if they get fed crap like the previous four points. I’d prefer a government that was good at getting its “digits” out of the internet.

    It looks like InternetNZ speaks needs a bit of work in “getting” the internet. It sounds like it’s trying to politicise something non-political. They’re like the New Zealand Institute or NetSafe – constantly rabbiting on about things that they feel are important for other people. Why thanks InternetNZ, I don’t have enough nanny’s trying to look after me as it is!

    And, InternetNZ, the one thing you could have done would have been to try and stop that MP3 downloading law, but you had no balls at all.

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  5. orewa1 (410 comments) says:

    Sorry, but while I agree with the analogy between the Internet and freezer ships, didn’t I hear it used repeatedly 10-15 years ago? This is yesterday’s simplistic message. We moved past that way, way back.

    Given its uncontested right to tax the public by creaming off a margin on domain names, we should expect genuine thought leadership from InternetNZ – not regurgitated 1990s platitudes. FUFO – front up or fuck off.

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  6. Viking2 (11,553 comments) says:

    Listen to this guy. The future of the INTERNET in his view. Now he has earn t a dollar or three using it and IMHO see’s what possibilities it has by catching onto why it will.
    Something he says I thought was so true. The Internet is so new its not even a fifteen year old and hasn’t had sex yet!
    Imagine as it grows up!

    Warning he’s a bit rough around the fringes so if you have a sensitive disposition don’t watch. Not that would apply to anyone on Kiwiblog. :lol:

    http://www.facebook.com/YourLocalMarketingConsultant

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  7. awb (304 comments) says:

    If you want a government that ‘gets’ the internet, National are a terrible choice. Remember how the Skynet law got its name? The only party that understands the internet is the Greens, even Labour are rubbish at it.

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