Victoria University has scooped up one of the Internet's leading governors to launch its new multidisciplinary research venture today.
The New Zealand Internet Institute will be launched with a speech by Don Heath, preseident and CEO of the international Internet Society. The US-based Internet Society oversees general governance, standards and development of the Internet, and initiated the current revamp of the international domain name system.
Heath was asked to come by the university's John Hine, who was programme chairman for last week's INET conference in Kuala Lumpur, which was organised by the Internet Society.
Unlike the Internet Society, the new Internet Institute will concern itself not with development and infrastructure "so much as the applications and the impact that the Internet will have on the wider society," says the institute's establishment manager, Frank March.
"Most of the research institutes at Victoria are associated with a particular faculty, but the Internet Institute is deliberately multi-disciplinary - it cuts right across practically everything going on," says March. "So we've set it up within VictoriaLink, which is the commercial arm of Victoria University. It's not for profit but by being outside the faculty structure we can give it a bit of independence."
The institute will probably undertake commercial joint ventures, but will principally be a long-term research organisation, working with staff from various faculties and raising research funding from both the private sector and public sector sources such as the Public Good Science Fund.
Heath's speech will be transcribed and made available on the Institute Website at http://www.nzii.org.nz