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September 17, 2017

This evening two brave Indian activists and academics - Dr Gopal Krishna and Dr Usha Ramanathan - will join the Internet Party's 6th consecutive #AntiSpyBill event to share their firsthand knowledge of gross intrusions of privacy being imposed en masse upon the world's second most populous nation.

Known as Aadhaar, the world’s largest biometrics system, implemented by the Indian government in conjunction with major corporations like telecommunications companies and banks, was engineered by for-profit international contracting companies connected to Western spy agencies.

Internet Party Leader Suzie Dawson will MC the event and says: "Do you want to be fingerprinted when you buy a SIM card? No? What about to open a bank account? Well, neither do people in India. But its happening there and if we don't help stop it, this phenomenon will likely spread around the globe."

The Internet Party is again inviting the public to join the roundtable event, which will continue the world-first effort to draft crowdsourced legislation to regulate governmental spying.

The initiative seeks to counter the damage to democratic and human rights inflicted upon New Zealanders by a string of draconian spying laws passed between 2013 and 2016. These laws have retroactively legalised previously illegal targeting of New Zealanders, including warrantless spying and covertly filming them inside their homes, Orwell-style - a practice referred to in law as "domestic visual surveillance".

Internet Party Leader Suzie Dawson said "New Zealand spies and their international counterparts have engaged in some of the most egregious conduct imaginable. The laws passed under urgency in recent years have only furthered the sense of invulnerability of these spies. They also violate international law. We must show that where our lawmakers fail to do so, the public are willing to step up and address these issues themselves."

The event will be simulcast live on the official Internet Party Facebook page and YouTube channel.

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Media enquiries: please contact media@internet.org.nz or add your email address to our mailing list at https://internet.org.nz/news.

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September 9, 2017

H.A. Goodman to appear at 5th #AntiSpyBill Event

He told the world that Hillary Clinton was corrupt and unelectable. They laughed at him, but he was right.

Journalist H.A. Goodman has written for The Hill, Salon and the Huffington Post and appeared on CNN and MSNBC. But as a Wikileaks fan and an avid Bernie Sanders supporter, his deeply progressive opinion became too inconvenient: that although the Deep State runs the world, Hillary Clinton was unelectable and would never become President of the United States.

H.A. began developing his own You Tube channel, where he now has nearly 100,000 subscribers, and discusses what's really going on behind the curtains of democracy, every day.

This Sunday, he joins the Internet Party live online at the 5th #AntiSpyBill event. The event will be held online between 8pm and 11pm Sunday the 10th of September, 2017, NZST (UTC+12) and follows on from the Internet Party's first four #AntiSpyBill events, which have featured appearances by internet entrepreneur and Internet Party Founder Kim Dotcom, award-winning journalist Barrett Brown, hacktivist Lauri Love, comedian Lee Camp, CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou, US drone program whistleblower Cian Westmoreland and two-time Nobel Peace Prize Nominee David Swanson.

Internet Party Leader Suzie Dawson will MC the event and says: "H.A. Goodman is part of a great tradition of journalists who won't let go of an important story even in the face of social or political pressure to do so. His dogged persistence in following up the countless immoral acts committed by the Democratic National Committee, who rigged their Primary and debates against Bernie Sanders to ensure Clinton would obtain the nomination, has been remarkable. Equally admirable is H.A.'s relentless support for whistleblowers and journalists who are persecuted for their work."

The Internet Party is inviting the public to join the roundtable event, which as well as discussing con-temporary issues of the day, will continue its effort to draft crowdsourced legislation to regulate government spying.

The initiative seeks to counter the damage to democratic and human rights inflicted upon New Zea-landers by a string of draconian spying laws passed between 2013 and 2016. These laws have ret-roactively legalised previously illegal targeting of New Zealanders, including warrantless spying and covertly filming them inside their homes, Orwell-style - a practice referred to in law as "domestic visual surveillance".

Internet Party Leader Suzie Dawson said "New Zealand spies and their international counterparts have engaged in some of the most egregious conduct imaginable. The laws passed under urgency in recent years have only furthered the sense of invulnerability of these spies. They also violate in-ternational law. We must show that where our lawmakers fail to do so, the public are willing to step up and address these issues themselves."

The event will be simulcast live on the official Internet Party Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Anyone can Join the Internet Party to help #UpdateNZ - and the world!


Media enquiries: please contact media@internet.org.nz or add your email address to our mailing list at https://internet.org.nz/news.

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September 9, 2017

Internet Party Denounces Election Meddling By Media; Releases Court Filings

As the New Zealand public now begins to receive their voting papers, many on social media are expressing surprise to find that there are registered parties listed as options to vote for, that they didn’t even know were running in the election.

For New Zealand's largest television news program, TVNZ's One News, even the Internet Party, whose campaign events had trended #1 in New Zealand and achieved millions of social media impressions, were deemed beneath notice, and ignored. A disservice not only to the Party, but voters and democracy as a whole.

On Thursday 7th September, the Internet Party of New Zealand filed a Notice of Proceeding against Television New Zealand (TVNZ), in the High Court at Auckland.

Under advice and in conjunction with the Internet Party’s own Notice of Proceeding, the Party also filed an Interlocutory Application to join The Opportunities Party (TOP) attempt to obtain an interim injunction against TVNZ, compelling it to allow all minor parties to participate in its impending minor parties televised debate.

The practice of filing an Interlocutory Application is to show respect for the Court’s time and resources by offering for it to hear a new case alongside an existing one. But because TOP's case was ultimately unsuccessful, the Internet Party’s case subsequently was not heard. Yet the Internet Party’s case was filed on its own merits, based on its own set of unique circumstances and its own associated evidence. To demonstrate this, the Internet Party is today publishing copies of its filing.

Internet Party Leader Suzie Dawson said: “Media has reported the Internet Party as having 'jumped on' TOP’s bandwagon. This is simply untrue. While news of TOP’s original filing did cause the Internet Party to look more closely into the case law and history of the exclusion of some minor parties from televised debates, we had in fact been publicly discussing whether or not we should take a case against media since August 26th, well before the announcement of TOP’s filing.”

Unlike TOP's case, the statement of claim and supporting affidavit from Internet Party was not based on the inclusion or exclusion of any other Party from the debates, but simply on the democratic principles involved; namely the public interest, the fundamental right to participation, and what the Party believes is the discriminatory nature of the conditions of participation imposed by TVNZ.

Two of TVNZ’s three conditions for participation required a Party to already be in Parliament. The third, that a Party must have achieved 3% in TVNZ’s polls is a near-impossible feat for any Party’s campaign that had not been given any prior coverage by that network.

Ms. Dawson said “Democracy should be a level playing field. But New Zealand media, by excluding some registered parties from their election coverage, have created a vicious cycle. The lack of coverage produces muted poll results, which are then in turn used to justify the lack of coverage. This anti-democratic practice engineers a fait accompli situation that not only effectively sabotages the campaign in question but amounts to meddling in the electoral process itself, guaranteeing that Parties outside of Parliament can never meet the polling criteria to be invited to televised debates. The fact that some members of the public’s first awareness of a registered Party’s campaign is when they discover that Party’s name listed on the ballot, is a complete disgrace and indicative of the deep failings of New Zealand media organisations who supposedly serve the public interest.”

Accordingly, the Internet Party has provided popular New Zealand political blogsite The Daily Blog NZ with copies of its Statement of Claim, Affidavit and associated evidence relating to its High Court filings. Giving New Zealanders the opportunity to assess for themselves, the merits of their case.

Party Leader Suzie Dawson concludes: “Once again, the dinosaur-like mass media disappoints. In a real democracy, everyone should have a voice. Now it will fall to citizens to take matters into their own hands and provide for ourselves the critically important services to democracy which for too long we have relied upon conflicted corporate bodies to provide.”

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September 3, 2017

Two-time Nobel Peace Prize Nominee David Swanson to appear at 4th Internet Party #AntiSpyBill Event

Tonight, one of the greatest anti-war activists of all time is joining the panel of the Internet Party's 4th consecutive #AntiSpyBill event. World renowned author, radio show host, activist and Charlottesville, Virginia resident David Swanson, who is also the Campaign Coordinator for Roots Action, and a Director of World Beyond War, will talk about the importance of taking a stand against war, armaments, nuclear weapons, the fossil fuel industry and other major threats to our peoples and planet.

The event will be held online between 8pm and 11pm today Sunday the 3rd of September, 2017, NZST (UTC+12) and follows on from the Internet Party's first three #AntiSpyBill events which featured appearances by internet entrepreneur and Internet Party Founder Kim Dotcom, award-winning journalist Barrett Brown, hacktivist Lauri Love, comedian Lee Camp, CIA torture whistle-blower John Kiriakou and US drone program whistleblower Cian Westmoreland.

Internet Party Leader Suzie Dawson will MC the event and says: "We are so honoured to host one of the most prolific and accomplished voices for anti-war activism of our times, David Swanson. David has dedicated his life to speaking out - and acting - against incredibly powerful, yet utterly immoral forces who might be on the right side of their precious corporate profit margins but are on the wrong side of history."

The Internet Party is inviting the public to join the roundtable event, which as well as discussing contemporary issues of the day, will continue its effort to draft crowdsourced legislation to counter government spying. There are one hundred first-in-first-served tickets for those who register for the #AntiSpyBill webinar that grants direct access to panelists.

It is possible to participate in the event without registering, as it will be simulcast live on the official Internet Party Facebook page and You Tube channel.

The initiative seeks to counter the damage to democratic and human rights inflicted upon New Zealanders by a string of draconian spying laws passed between 2013 and 2016. These laws have retroactively legalised previously illegal targeting of New Zealanders, including warrantless spying and covertly filming them inside their homes, Orwell-style - a practice referred to in law as "domestic visual surveillance".

Internet Party Leader Suzie Dawson said "New Zealand spies and their international counterparts have engaged in some of the most egregious conduct imaginable. The laws passed under urgency in recent years have only furthered the sense of invulnerability of these spies. They also violate international law. We must show that where our lawmakers fail to do so, the public are willing to step up and address these issues themselves."

Internet Party Leader Suzie Dawson said "New Zealand spies and their international counterparts have engaged in some of the most egregious conduct imaginable. The laws passed under urgency in recent years have only furthered the sense of invulnerability of these spies. They also violate international law. We must show that where our lawmakers fail to do so, the public are willing to step up and address these issues themselves."

It is possible to participate in the event without registering, as it will be simulcast live on the official Internet Party Facebook page and You Tube channel.

Anyone can Join the Internet Party to help #UpdateNZ - and the world!


Media enquiries: please contact media@internet.org.nz or add your email address to our mailing list at https://internet.org.nz/news.

Authorised by J. Booth, 40 Hartford Crescent, Upper Hutt, Aotearoa 5018, New Zealand.

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August 27, 2017

Kim Dotcom, US Drone Whistleblower Cian Westmoreland to appear at 3rd #AntiSpyBill Event

US drone whistleblower Cian Westmoreland and other special guests will join tech entrepreneur and Internet Party founder Kim Dotcom on the panel of the third #AntiSpyBill live event this Sunday afternoon.

The event will be held online between 2pm and 5pm on Sunday the 27th of August, 2017, NZST (UTC+12) and follows on from the Internet Party’s first two #AntiSpyBill events which featured appearances by Dotcom, award-winning journalist Barrett Brown, hacktivist Lauri Love, comedian Lee Camp and CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou.

Internet Party Leader Suzie Dawson will MC the event and says: “In recent weeks, the Internet Party of New Zealand has hosted some of the most significant voices of our time. Our last event nearly doubled the reach of the first; gaining over 5.8million impressions in just a few hours. Today, we will gain valuable insight into the future of surveillance and warfare by delving into the issue of the weaponised drone programs which have been terrorising civilian populations in at least seven countries worldwide. It is now inevitable that the consequences of the use of this technology will come home to us in the West and it is of critical importance that the public understands what the real costs and dangers of this technology are.”

The Internet Party is inviting the public to join the roundtable event, which as well as discussing contemporary issues of the day, will continue its effort to draft crowdsourced legislation to counter government spying. There are one hundred first-in-first-served tickets for those who register for the #AntiSpyBill webinar that grant direct access to panelists.

The initiative seeks to counter the damage to democratic and human rights inflicted upon New Zealanders by a string of draconian spying laws passed between 2013 and 2016. These laws have retroactively legalised previously illegal targeting of New Zealanders, including warrantless spying and covertly filming them inside their homes, Orwell-style - a practice referred to in law as “domestic visual surveillance”.

Internet Party Leader Suzie Dawson said "New Zealand spies and their international counterparts have engaged in some of the most egregious conduct imaginable. The laws passed under urgency in recent years have only furthered the sense of invulnerability of these spies. They also violate international law. We must show that where our lawmakers fail to do so, the public are willing to step up and address these issues themselves.”

It is possible to participate in the event without registering, as it will be simulcast live on the official Internet Party Facebook page and You Tube channel.

Anyone can Join the Internet Party to help #UpdateNZ - and the world!


Media enquiries: please contact media@internet.org.nz or add your email address to our mailing list at https://internet.org.nz/news.

Authorised by J. Booth, 40 Hartford Crescent, Upper Hutt, Aotearoa 5018, New Zealand.

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August 18, 2017

Kim Dotcom, Veteran Intelligence Professionals For Sanity (VIPS) To Appear Together At Internet Party #AntiSpyBill Event

Acclaimed CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou and other special guests will join tech entrepreneur and Internet Party founder Kim Dotcom on the panel of the next #AntiSpyBill live event this Sunday night.

This comes hot on the heels of several major American publications reporting on technical evidence recently presented by the group Veteran Intelligence Professionals For Sanity (VIPS), of which Kiriakou is a member, to the White House regarding the DNC leaks of 2016.

The event will be held online between 8pm and 11pm on Sunday the 20th of August, 2017, NZST (UTC+12) and follows on from the Internet Party’s flagship #AntiSpyBill event which featured appearances by Dotcom, award-winning journalist Barrett Brown, hacktivist Lauri Love and comedian Lee Camp.

Internet Party Leader Suzie Dawson will MC the event and says: “In the age of fake news, the truth is more valuable than ever. The Internet Party is proud to provide a platform to some of the world’s most significant whistleblowers; to work alongside top minds in technology and internet policy; and to educate the global public. The response to our last #AntiSpyBill event was phenomenal, with millions of Twitter impressions and tens of thousands of views. The public have voted with their voices and clicks - truth matters and that is precisely what the Internet Party will continue to dish up in spades.”

The Internet Party is inviting the public to join the roundtable event, which as well as discussing contemporary issues of the day, will continue its effort to draft crowdsourced legislation to counter government spying. There are one hundred first-in-first-served tickets for those who register for the #AntiSpyBill webinar that grant direct access to panelists.

The initiative seeks to counter the damage to democratic and human rights inflicted upon New Zealanders by a string of draconian spying laws passed between 2013 and 2016. These laws have retroactively legalised previously illegal targeting of New Zealanders, including warrantless spying and covertly filming them inside their homes, Orwell-style - a practice referred to in law as “domestic visual surveillance”.

Internet Party Leader Suzie Dawson said "New Zealand spies and their international counterparts have engaged in some of the most egregious conduct imaginable. The laws passed under urgency in recent years have only furthered the sense of invulnerability of these spies. They also violate international law. We must show that where our lawmakers fail to do so, the public are willing to step up and address these issues themselves.”

It is possible to participate in the event without registering, as it will be simulcast live on the official Internet Party Facebook page and You Tube channel.

Anyone can Join the Internet Party to help #UpdateNZ - and the world!


Media enquiries: please contact media@internet.org.nz or add your email address to our mailing list at https://internet.org.nz/news.

Authorised by J. Booth, 40 Hartford Crescent, Upper Hutt, Aotearoa 5018, New Zealand.

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August 10, 2017

Internet Party lauds “phenomenal success” of #AntiSpyBill event; confirms date of next

The Internet Party of New Zealand has announced it is extending its recent #AntiSpyBill online event to become an ongoing series stretching to the September 23rd 2017 general election and beyond.

Internet Party Leader Suzie Dawson said “The Internet Party is delighted by the phenomenal success of our #AntiSpyBill event, which garnered more than 3.3 million Twitter impressions on the night, with a Facebook reach of nearly half a million and more than 10,000 viewers.

It was a great first effort and wonderful to see conscientious citizens around the world spreading the word to their friends, families and communities; filling the gap left by the New Zealand media who are so far abjectly failing in their obligation to pursue journalism in the public interest about this event.”

The Internet Party is inviting the public to participate in the follow-up event, which will be held online between 8pm and 11pm on Sunday the 20th of August, 2017.

Panelists will include surprise international guests who are experts in the field of state and private intelligence gathering practices, human rights violations and mass surveillance.

Guests at the flagship event included award-winning journalist Barrett Brown, hacktivist and Courage Foundation beneficiary Lauri Love, comedian Lee Camp and Internet Party Founder Kim Dotcom.

The #AntiSpyBill events feature speeches from and conversation with the panelists, a question-and-answer session, then collaboration on the Internet Party’s world-first crowdsourced draft anti-spying legislation.

Last Sunday the first eight principles of the Bill were ratified by attendees. Once finalised, the draft Bill will be submitted to human rights, privacy and political organisations and groups around the world, to lobby for its adoption.

The #AntiSpyBill initiative seeks to undo some of the damage to democratic and human rights inflicted upon New Zealand by the GCSB, Countering Terrorist Fighters, and Intelligence and Security Bills of 2013, 2014 and 2016 respectively.

The August 20 event will again be simulcast live on the official Internet Party Facebook page and You Tube channel.

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Media enquiries: please contact media@internet.org.nz or add your email address to our mailing list.

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August 5, 2017

Internet Party Announces Special Guests for #AntiSpyBill LIVE Event

The Internet Party of New Zealand is pleased to announce some of the special guests attending their #AntiSpyBill live event.

Internet Party Founder Kim Dotcom, award-winning investigative journalist Barrett Brown, hacktivist Lauri Love and stand-up comedian Lee Camp will join the event panel.

Internet Party Leader Suzie Dawson will be MC’ing the event and says: "We are proud to be bringing some of the world’s brightest citizen heroes together to once again shine a spotlight on the crimes of the spy agencies against New Zealand citizens and residents, and indeed the world. These luminaries of anti-surveillance activism know well the cold touch of the attentions of the spy agencies and have a wealth of knowledge and personal experience to share with us. We are honoured by their participation."

The Internet Party is inviting the global public to join this world-first live online event to draft citizen-initiated legislation to counter government spying.

The event will be held online between 8pm and 11pm on Sunday the 6th of August, 2017, NZST (UTC+12) and follows on from the Internet Party’s 2014 event “The Moment Of Truth” which featured Glenn Greenwald, Edward Snowden and Julian Assange.

Once finalised the draft legislation, dubbed the 2017 #AntiSpyBill, will be submitted to human rights, privacy and political organisations and groups around the world, to lobby for its adoption.

The initiative seeks to counter the damage to democratic and human rights inflicted upon New Zealanders by a string of draconian spying laws passed between 2013 and 2016. These laws have retroactively legalised previously illegal targeting of New Zealanders, including warrantless spying and covertly filming them inside their homes, Orwell-style - a practice referred to in law as “domestic visual surveillance”.

Internet Party Leader Suzie Dawson said "New Zealand spies and their international counterparts have engaged in some of the most egregious conduct imaginable. The laws passed under urgency in recent years have only furthered the sense of invulnerability of these spies. They also violate international law. We must show that where our lawmakers fail to do so, the public are willing to step up and address these issues themselves."

There are one hundred first-in-first-served tickets to register for the #AntiSpyBill webinar that grant direct access to panelists.

It is possible to participate in the event without registering, as it will be simulcast live on the official Internet Party Facebook page and You Tube channel.


Media enquiries: please contact media@internet.org.nz or add your email address to our mailing list.

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August 3, 2017

Internet Party and special guests invite public to draft Anti-Spy Bill Live online

The Internet Party of New Zealand is inviting the global public to participate in a world-first live online event to draft citizen-initiated legislation to counter government spying.

Panelists at the event will include surprise international guests who are experts in the field of state and private intelligence gathering practices, violations and mass surveillance.

The event will be held online between 8pm and 11pm on Sunday the 6th of August, 2017, NZST (UTC+12) and follows on from the Internet Party’s 2014 event "The Moment Of Truth" which featured Glenn Greenwald, Edward Snowden and Julian Assange

Once finalised, the draft legislation, dubbed the 2017 #AntiSpyBill, will be submitted to human rights, privacy and political organisations and groups around the world, to lobby for its adoption.

The initiative seeks to undo some of the damage to democratic and human rights inflicted upon New Zealanders by a string of draconian spying laws passed between 2013 and 2016. These laws have retroactively legalised previously illegal targeting of New Zealanders, including warrantless spying and covertly filming them inside their homes, Orwell-style - a practice referred to in law as "domestic visual surveillance".

Internet Party Leader Suzie Dawson said "New Zealand spies and their international counterparts have engaged in some of the most egregious conduct imaginable. From illegally spying on their own citizens, to engaging with foreign powers to do the same, to reprehensible cases of undercover agents assuming false identities, entrapping activists and targeting unsuspecting women for sexual relationships.

The laws passed under urgency in recent years have only furthered the sense of invulnerability of these spies. They also violate international law. We can no longer wait and hope for the government to right these wrongs. We must show that where our lawmakers fail to do so, the public are willing to step up and address these issues themselves."

There are one hundred first-in-first-served tickets to register for the #AntiSpyBill webinar that grant direct access to panelists.

It is possible to participate in the event without registering, as it will be simulcast live on the official Internet Party Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Realising a long-held dream of its founder and visionary Kim Dotcom, the Internet Party is in the process of expanding internationally, with interest in creating Internet Parties coming from more than a dozen countries worldwide.

The Internet Party is aligned with Pirate Parties International.

Media enquiries: please contact media@internet.org.nz or add your email address to our mailing list.

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August 2, 2017

Internet Party and special guests invite New Zealand public to draft Anti-Spy Bill Live online

The Internet Party of New Zealand is inviting Kiwis to participate in a world-first online event to draft citizen-initiated legislation to counter government spying.

The event will be held online between 8pm and 11pm on Sunday the 6th of August, 2017.

Panelists will include surprise international guests who are experts in the field of state and private intelligence gathering practices, violations and mass surveillance.

Once finalised, the draft legislation will be submitted to human rights, privacy and political organisations and groups around the world, to lobby for its adoption.

Dubbed the 2017 #AntiSpyBill, the initiative seeks to undo some of the damage to democratic and human rights inflicted upon New Zealand by the GCSB, Countering Terrorist Fighters, and Intelligence and Security Bills of 2013, 2014 and 2016 respectively.

Internet Party Leader Suzie Dawson said "New Zealand spies and their international counterparts have engaged in some of the most egregious conduct imaginable. From illegally spying on their own citizens, to engaging with foreign powers to do the same, to reprehensible cases of undercover agents assuming false identities, entrapping activists and targeting unsuspecting women for sexual relationships. The laws passed under urgency in recent years have only furthered the sense of invulnerability of these spies. They also violate international law. We can no longer wait and hope for the government to right these wrongs. We must show that where our lawmakers fail to do so, the public are willing to step up and address these issues themselves."

There are one hundred first-in-first-served tickets to register for the webinar that grant direct access to panelists. It is possible to participate in the event without registering, as it will be simulcast live on the official Internet Party Facebook page and You Tube channel.

Join the Internet Party to help #UpdateNZ - and the world!

Media enquiries: please contact media@internet.org.nz or add your email address to our mailing list.

Authorised by J. Booth, 40 Hartford Crescent, Upper Hutt, Aotearoa 5018, New Zealand.

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June 27, 2017

Internet Party to stream campaign office live online; publish 2017 plans

The Internet Party is again raising the bar on political innovation in New Zealand.

The Party will regularly live-stream behind-the-scenes campaign activity in real time, starting TONIGHT, June 27, 2017 at 8pm NZT via https://IPnz.live/stream.

This groundbreaking, world-first initiative will give the public direct access to interact with the Party Leader and team, and provide a window to watch the Party progress and grow.

This is a unique opportunity for interested citizens to witness and participate in an election campaign as it happens.

In a move that would be unthinkable for old-paradigm political parties, the Directors of the campaign will launch the stream by presenting the internal strategic and tactical plans the Party has been developing and implementing over the course of 2017.

The Party invites political science and media academics and students around the world to observe and study this initiative.

This is an unprecedented chance to witness firsthand and participate in all the exciting (or not) action that takes place while running an election campaign.

Government transparency is a core Internet Party value, and the Party is happy to be leading the way.

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Please direct ALL media enquiries to Sarah Illingworth (Internet Party NZ Communications Director and Party Secretary) at media@internet.org.nz.

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June 17, 2017

New leader announcement

The Internet Party has a new leader: Suzie Dawson. Ms Dawson will lead the Internet Party as it contests the 2017 New Zealand general election.

Suzie Dawson is an accomplished independent New Zealand journalist and activist. She specialises in writing about whistleblowers, intelligence agencies, and technology.

Suzie's work has been repeatedly shared by WikiLeaks, recommended by Pulitzer Prize winner Glenn Greenwald, and published and referenced by a number of media organisations.

She has reported extensively and internationally, most notably in support of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden.

She was recently interviewed by US journalist, activist and Nobel Peace Prize-nominee David Swanson.

She currently resides in Moscow, Russia, where she has applied for temporary asylum due to severe persecution she reports being subjected to by those whose corruption she worked to expose. The story of her exile from New Zealand is told in her 2016 documentary 'Diary of a Person of Interest'. She is also the host of a new Web TV series about life in Russia called 'Kiwi In Moscow'.

Suzie was instrumental in major activism campaigns in New Zealand, including #GCSB, #TPPANoWay, #NZ4Gaza and the 2014 Internet Party campaign, during which she interviewed ex leader Hon. Laila Harré on a number of occasions.

Suzie says: "The Internet Party has the courage to challenge the powers that be and the innovative thinking needed to update democracy in New Zealand. That is why I am proud to represent it in the 2017 general election."

Suzie's full body of work is referenced at https://suzi3d.com. You can also find Suzie on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Suzi3D.

Help #UpdateNZ by becoming an Internet Party member and joining our campaign: www.internet.org.nz/join.

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Please direct ALL media enquiries to Sarah Illingworth (Internet Party NZ Communications Director and Party Secretary) at media@internet.org.nz.

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The Internet Party is back to contest the 2017 New Zealand general election.

Check out the brand new next generation Internet Party website at Internet.org.nz

We'll be announcing details of our 2017 campaign and policies soon, so watch this space.

Help #UpdateNZ by becoming an Internet Party member and joining our campaign:

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Please direct ALL media enquiries to Sarah Illingworth (Internet Party Communications Director and Party Secretary) at media@internet.org.nz.

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May 26, 2017

Statement of solidarity

The Internet Party is pleased to confirm that we are currently preparing our campaign for the 2017 New Zealand general election on September 23.

Early in 2017 Kim Dotcom tendered his resignation from the Executive Committee of Internet Party NZ, as publicly tweeted at the time. Likewise, he is not involved in the Campaign Committee for our 2017 campaign, or its operational decision-making. As such, Kim Dotcom has no advance knowledge that we are issuing this statement.

Like many, we are shocked by recent allegations that Democratic National Committee employee Seth Rich was a WikiLeaks source. Both Kim and the Internet Party are long-term supporters of WikiLeaks, and we are certain such claims would not be made unless they were true.

We are delighted to hear Seth Rich was interested in starting an Internet Party in the United States, and are aware of past attempts by people in Poland and Germany to create Internet Parties. We expect that the Internet Party will continue to propagate globally in the long-term, as have other political movements like the Greens and the Pirate Parties.

The Internet Party and its events were seriously misrepresented in the New Zealand media in 2014, particularly the Moment of Truth, at which many revelations were made by whistleblower Edward Snowden about the New Zealand government’s complicity in US mass surveillance efforts. Local media reported the Moment of Truth as a flop despite record attendance in-person and online, and the numerous unique revelations made by Snowden throughout the event.

This revisionist history has a use-by date that is set to expire in 2017. Further information will continue to come to light about the extent to which New Zealand and the world have been actively deceived by their politicians and the state.

We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the Rich family, and to the families of all political targets in New Zealand who have been drawn into this vast spiderweb of deceit one way or another - of which there are many.

In 2014, injury was done to the historical record of New Zealand politics. We look forward to that being corrected, for the benefit of all New Zealanders.

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Please direct ALL media enquiries to Sarah Illingworth, Communications Director, the Internet Party NZ at media@internet.org.nz.

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