Congratulations Jordan

July 3rd, 2013 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

has appointed its former policy manager and one-time Labour Party candidate as chief executive.

Carter had been serving as acting chief executive of the non-profit society since January following the sudden departure of former boss Vikram Kumar, who quickly went on to secure the role of chief executive of Kim Dotcom’s new online storage service, Mega.

InternetNZ said 36 candidates had applied for the position.

Carter stood down from InternetNZ in May 2011, after seven years at the organisation, when he was confirmed as a Labour-list candidate in the November 2011 general election. He was 40th on Labour’s list and missed the cut-off.

He today ruled out a return to politics “in the next few years” and said he would not be standing in the 2014 election.

He did not believe his decision to stand for Labour in 2011 would cause complications in InternetNZ’s relations with the current Government.

“I have been involved in this sector for so long, people know my roots are in the ICT policy area. It is completely transparent what my political views have been but they don’t colour what I do professionally.”

InternetNZ president Frank March said Carter had a deep understanding of internet policy and research and was “fully across the intricacies of regulation concerning the internet and ICT more generally.”

Carter said an “open and uncapturable internet” was essential to New Zealand’s prospects.

I think Jordan will do an excellent job, and he did well to beat out many top class candidates who applied.

I’ve worked closely with Jordan on Internet issues for well over a decade. He has a superb grasp of policy, a strategic mindset and is also an excellent administrator. The nice thing about InternetNZ is that it has members from all over the political spectrum, united in their belief that the Internet should remain open and uncaptureable and sharing InternetNZ’s goal of protecting and promoting the Internet in New Zealand. In 2005 I was the Acting President, and Jordan the Acting Chief Executive for a couple of months. We also happened to be rival campaign managers for National and Labour in Wellington Central. We would meet or talk several times a day on InternetNZ issues – and then inevitable see each other in the evenings at Meet the Candidate meetings as wee would vocally support our chosen candidates. It was surreal, and amusing.

I don’t see Jordan’s political background as a big issue. I was always grateful that when David Cunliffe was Labour’s ICT and Comms Minister he would work with me on Internet issues, despite my National background.  I was very supportive of Cunliffe’s efforts to bring in anti-spam legislation, and to increase competition in the telco sector by requiring operational separation of Telecom.  Part of politics is working in good faith with people on issues you agree on, even when you disagree on other issues.

So congrats to Jordan and InternetNZ. Next week is the annual Net Hui in Wellington, which as usual already has a large waiting list, as (off memory) already over 500 people registered to attend. Hope to see many people I know there.

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12 Responses to “Congratulations Jordan”

  1. Redbaiter (9,098 comments) says:

    I am sorry Mr. Farrar, Jordan Carter may well be a good friend, but I cannot ever share your enthusiasm for having any left winger in charge of any entity that has any role in the governance of freedom of political expression. In my experience it is only extremely rarely that they share the same reverence for FREE SPEECH as the right.

    Sure, they talk the talk, but when it comes down to it, given their natural progressive reluctance to accept any rock hard principle, on free speech or anything, they frequently fold.

    You can see an example of this when they frequently set up websites or blogs advocating their respect for free speech, but then heavily censor any contributions that might confront their precious leftist sensibilities.

    Another example is the recent decision to remove the tax exempt status of Family First, an act that would appear to be driven by that group’s advocacy against the redefinition of traditional marriage. Progressives in the IRD making decisions that should be objective but are in fact driven by political ideology.

    I hope Jordan Carter lives up to your expectations, but for myself, I would never ever entrust any of the staple requirements of our civil society to any left wing entity or any left wing individual. In the end, they will always let you down.

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  2. burt (8,275 comments) says:

    Jordan

    Carter said an “open and uncapturable internet” was essential to New Zealand’s prospects.

    I remember the moderation on Jordan’s blog …. he must have a short memory claiming an open and uncapturable internet is essential… Guess he’ll be a lefty and apply the normal lefty policy of free speech is fine as long as you agree with me !

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  3. RRM (9,933 comments) says:

    Redbaiter:
    You can see an example of this when they frequently set up websites or blogs advocating their respect for free speech, but then heavily censor any contributions that might confront their precious… sensibilities.

    :lol: ROFLMAO

    Please Weddy, stop it… I’m in agony. Coming from YOU, that is simply too rich for words!

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  4. Redbaiter (9,098 comments) says:

    Go for it Andrew, laugh your stupid fucking head off. I’m just too tired of your idiot misconceptions to be bothered any more with correcting them.

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  5. RRM (9,933 comments) says:

    Andrew??

    At least you’ve learned to spell “laugh” correctly at long last, I guess there’s hope for us all.

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  6. Urban Redneck (234 comments) says:

    Great !

    Yet another homosexual, former student politician, Labour Party activist and candidate ensconced at the public trough until the day arises when he manages to snivel his way into a position high enough on the Labour Party list to allow him to enter parliament.

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  7. Manolo (13,837 comments) says:

    Oh, oh, an unabashed left-winger and avowed socialist in charge of InternetNZ. Good luck to the poor organisation.

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  8. tristanb (1,127 comments) says:

    InternetNZ’s goal of protecting and promoting the Internet in New Zealand.

    We pay people to promote the Internet?!?

    I guess if we didn’t do this it might never take off!

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  9. Cactus Kate (551 comments) says:

    In abusing Jordan you have all missed the point
    He has announced he won’t be standing for Labour in 2014.
    Given his keen interest in becoming an MP it is the clearest sign yet from within Labour there will be a) no renewal and b) the Greens will clear out their list vote. One of their staunchest advocates has chucked in the towel.
    He’s gone and got an actual job. Albeit one where he had far more than a 90 day trial and it seems to be a non-profit with no conceivable chance of having competition that promotes something equally in demand as the air we breathe, it’s still a step away from a path as an MP

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  10. thedavincimode (6,800 comments) says:

    He was 40th on Labour’s list

    Hmmm. One could interpret that in two quite different ways.

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  11. Fairfacts Media (372 comments) says:

    I wonder if Paul Brislen, the ubiquitous and excellent CEO of TUANZ should have got the job.

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  12. Mark (1,488 comments) says:

    If what we are reading is correct the government has already sold the freedom of NZ’s internet to the US by giving the GCSB Carte Blanche to ignore the law and do as they please. A festering sore for John Key and National and a worrying chink in Nationals armour given the alternative option for governing the country. Can you imagine the catastrophe of a Labour/Green/Winston coalition and yet Key has floundered on this issue now for some time and it simply does not look like going away.

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