Greens’ Rimutaka candidate helps shape bill championing internet freedoms

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Championing Internet rights and freedoms, the Green Party has today launched New Zealand’s first ever crowdsourced Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill. With her unique background and experience in human rights law and ICT, Green Party candidate for Rimutaka, Susanne Ruthven, helped Gareth Hughes MP to shape this Bill.

“I became a candidate for the Green Party to champion the rights and freedoms of New Zealanders”, said Mrs Ruthven.

“The Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill will not only protect the rights and freedoms of New Zealanders in the digital world, but the crowdsourced platform is a democratic way of empowering the public to have their say. As well as enshrining these emerging rights and freedoms, this Bill will encourage innovation, protect users and ensure New Zealand’s ICT sector continues to grow”

Awarded the New Zealand Open Source Advocate of 2010 for her role as Co-Director for linux.conf.au held in Wellington in 2010, Mrs Ruthven advocates for a free, open and thriving Internet.

As a human rights barrister, Mrs Ruthven found it increasingly disheartening that the laws being passed are creating inequalities. Mrs Ruthven is standing as a candidate for the Green Party, with a view to becoming an MP in Parliament, where she can better protect the rights and freedoms of all New Zealanders.

The Green Party is a natural fit for her beliefs with a fairer, more compassionate New Zealand at the heart of good Green change.

The Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill proposes:
• 10 ‘Internet Rights and Freedoms’, including the right to access and net neutrality; the right to encryption technology; and the right to privacy
• Establishment of an Internet Rights Commissioner, as part of the Human Rights Commission, to allow New Zealanders to seek effective remedies for human rights violations online
• A Chief Technology Officer for New Zealand, similar in scope to the role of Chief Science Advisor, to champion the Internet economy
• A call for New Zealand to support a global Internet Rights Treaty.

To view the main Greens news release, go to: https://www.greens.org.nz/press-releases/green-party-launches-internet-rights-and-freedoms-bill

To view or participate in the Bill’s draft, go to: www.greens.org.nz/InternetRightsBill

 

1 comment:

  1. Simonzee1, 25. April 2014, 4:18

    All global citizens should be concerned about the freedoms of the internet. Obama tried to put the internet in the hands of the intelligence agencies by giving up its last controls that would negate any congressional oversight. But he has gone to plan B with the FCC for Hollywood, as he has met stiff opposition with giving up the last controls including from Bill C.

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg are all Jewish supporters of Obama who C.S Lewis referred to as classic do-gooders’ like we have come to expect from most left-wing liberals who want to rid the world of guns…upsized sodas and oil including the Keystone pipeline and a free internet.

    “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” – C.S. Lewis

    Essentially these attacks on the freedom of the internet are about money and the operations of lobbyists….If Hollywood can have this much clout…. then all should be concerned. [Abridged]

     

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