New InternetNZ exec director starts recruitment drive

He's barely had time to get his shoes under the desk, but already the newly appointed executive director of InternetNZ is keen to get his feet wet with a recruitment drive.

He's barely had time to get his shoes under the desk, but already the newly appointed executive director of InternetNZ is keen to get his feet wet with a recruitment drive.

Peter Macaulay has arrived at the society at the end of a lengthy period of change that has seen a new shared registry system (SRS) introduced as well as changes to the society's own structure. However Macaulay says he'll start the new year looking for new members and trying to revive the idea of a code of practice for ISPs.

"We need to be an organisation that's delivering value for our members. We need to establish what our members' expectations are and we need to expand the member base."

Macaulay says he hopes to see more individuals join as well as more corporate and academic memberships taken out.

"More of everyone. Basically the internet is pretty much the whole country's property and therefore we have a constituency out there that needs to be involved."

Macaulay says he is aware of the roots of InternetNZ in the "geeks and academic" groups and wants to acknowledge the work done by many individuals in helping New Zealand get on the internet map.

"We also need to put in place something that shows the individual members that they are contributing to something which is doing some worthwhile work."

On the international side of things, Macaulay expects InternetNZ to involved in the future direction governance of the internet takes.

"We've got a huge amount of work to do internationally. Clearly the administration of the internet as a global entity is a huge problem and we need to be on top of that. We need to be representing New Zealand well."

Part of Macaulay's drive to promote the internet in New Zealand will involve assisting users who have concerns about the internet as well as re-igniting the voluntary code of practice for the ISPs.

"We need to be a point of reference for those people that do have concerns about the internet to come to and get answers." Macaulay expects InternetNZ to work closely with organisations like the Internet Safety Group.

"We're not here to be police but on the other hand we need to make sure we're putting pressure in the right places to get things done. At the same time we'd better make sure that freedom aspect is maintained as well."

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