Talk of the internet and how it's shaping our society never gets old. To that end, NetHui is back in 2012 – but if you can't make it, the event will also be video-streamed online.
NetHui 2012 – Shaping our Future Together is being held at Auckland’s SkyCity Convention Centre from July 11-13; registrations cost $40 and can be made at www.nethui.org.nz .
Panel sessions will discuss the digital divide, open government, and making the most of economic and creative opportunities online, while discussion sessions cover digital copyright, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, Internet accessibility and human rights, online safety and security, online health services, the future of education, empowering artists and content producers and more.
“Panel and open mic sessions have been reinvigorated and a stream of ‘get to know the basics’ sessions have been added," says InternetNZ chief executive Vikram Kumar.
"There are even more networking opportunities and we are working with other groups to bring some great associated events targeting innovation and creativity.”
Events planned so far around NetHui 2012 include a Creative Commons Aotearoa meet up, the Orcon Great Blend creative event and a one-day technical infrastructure conference. And InternetNZ will use the opportunity to hold its annual general meeting in Auckland for the first time.
Microsoft has thrown its weight behind the event, and other sponsors include Google, TradeMe, online publisher Scoop, the Ministry of Economic Development, Orcon, and more.