The New Zealand Computer Society’s new president, Andrew Mason, sees relevance as the main issue facing the society over the next two years.
“The challenge for us is to make the society relevant to people in their working lives,” says Mason, who believes the immense changes in the computer industry during the past 30 years will force the society to change its methods.
“The Computer Society has been through an enormous amount of metamorphosis over the past couple of years,” says Mason, who claims to have an easy job to do after all the hard work of the previous president.
Mason believes there are two main reasons for someone to join the society — “either because they take issues of professionalism seriously, and we insist members sign up to our code of ethics, or because they want to attend events or seminars to which members get preferential rates.
“I see the function of the society being to foster that sort of thing and assist without muscling in.”
Mason wants the society to engage in more strategic issues, such as working with government on privacy issues.
“We provided quite a bit of input when the [Privacy] Act was being developed. We’d like to contribute to the debate.”