The ''massive scale'' of worldwide internet surveillance
provides the backdrop to an internet surveillance conference
starting in Dunedin today, organiser John Farnsworth says.
The conference is being held at the University of Otago and
has former Mega chief executive Vikram Kumar as one of the
keynote speakers. He recently resigned from Kim Dotcom's Mega
to run Mr Dotcom's Internet Party, which opposes internet
Other keynote speakers include independent author and
journalist Nicky Hager and Prof Graham Murdock, from the
University of Auckland.
About 40 people had registered for the conference late
yesterday, including Dunedin South MP Clare Curran, Labour's
associate ICT spokeswoman.
Dr Farnsworth said yesterday the conference would focus on
whether the open internet was dead.
A recent BBC report disclosed how the NSA and GCHQ spy
agencies might have tapped not only into the internet but
also into undersea fibre optic cables. A range of experts and
public figures would discuss internet surveillance along with
major privacy and copyright issues during the conference,
which ends on Saturday, he said.
''We expect this to be the start of a series. We know
internet surveillance will be an ongoing issue, so this
conference is the start rather than the end.''