Anti-spam conference to kick off in Wellington

InternetNZ is bringing several international speakers to New Zealand for its anti-spam conference, to be held in Wellington on June 24.

InternetNZ is bringing several international speakers to New Zealand for its anti-spam conference, to be held in Wellington on June 24.

It will be InternetNZ’s second annual spam conference, this time with the emphasis on the anti-spam legislation discussion document released this week. Society vice president David Farrar says he hopes the speakers will encourage a healthy debate on the matter.

"It'll be good to have a different perspective on the issue".

The one-day conference has a morning of speakers followed by an afternoon of discussion.

"The whole idea is to spend the morning hearing viewpoints from mainly the international side of the issue and in the afternoon it's very much workshop based."

The conference speakers include representatives from Australia's Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (previously called the National Office of the Information Economy) as well as the Australian Communications Authority. Farrar also hopes to have a European point of view with UK MP Derek Wyatt, chair of the UK All Parliament Internet Group, although he has yet to be confirmed.

"We want to discuss the various talking points from the discussion document including the simple ones like should there be legislation through to the more difficult where there might be two equally valid views. We want to get them out on the table for discussion."

Associate minister of communication David Cunliffe has released a discussion document that he hopes will lead to legislation being drafted and introduced to parliament before the end of the year.

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