Laurence Millar stands for InternetNZ vice presidency

Former government CIO takes on Macaulay, Baddeley

Former government CIO Laurence Millar is standing for the post of vice president of InternetNZ.

Election, he says, will enable him to “contribute to New Zealand's future in a globally connected 21st century economy”.

Millar probably has the highest profile in the wider ICT world of the 23 candidates standing for election or re-election to the society’s ruling Council at this year’s annual general meeting, but has not done his time as an ordinary member of the InternetNZ council.

Millar acknowledges this and says he may, therefore, start at something of a disadvantage. However, he expresses confidence that he can “rapidly assimilate, the history of the issues facing Council". He will bring experience in strategy, governance and leadership, he says.

While he is best known as former government CIO, Millar points to a lengthy career in the private as well as public sector.

He resigned his positions as Government CIO and Deputy Commissioner in charge of the State Services Commission’s ICT Branch in May, following controversy over the tender process for the Government Shared Network.

Millar expresses support for InternetNZ’s aim of an “open and uncapturable internet” and particularly for the growing movement towards opening access to government information online, as espoused by www.opengovt.org.nz.

“This is an initiative that we should all get behind,” he says; “another area where New Zealand has a strategic opportunity to establish a position of world leadership.”

Millar will be standing for the vice-president's post against current president Peter Macaulay and Jamie Baddeley, president of the ISP Association of New Zealand (Ispanz). ISPANZ recently achieved a profile of its own through putting the ISPs’ case against the contentious Copyright Act Section 92A.

Candidates for the post of president are current councillors Hamish MacEwan, Frank March and Michael Wallmannsberger.

The AGM will be held on July 30, but members have the chance to vote online from mid-July.

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