December 05, 2022
Internet NZ retools for social media age
The chief executive of Internet NZ says the organisation has changed after failing to respond quickly to the posting of a racist YouTube clip calling for violence against Māori.
That incident 18 months ago led to the resignation of two Maori board members and the commissioning of an independent report on its culture by CORE Education chief executive Hana O’Regan.
Viv Maidaborn says that review identified the institutional racism baked into its culture and structure and helped it to change.
“The norms of our society today are influencing Internet New Zealand strongly and I think that means we are much better aligned to response to misogyny and racism than we ever have been before,” she says.
Internet NZ has seen its role merely to look after the .nz domain space and ensure access to the internet, but it will now use its influence with platform providers to get offensive material removed.
The are now 750,000 New Zealand domain names, up from the 2000 when Internet NZ was formed in 1995.