PublicACTA website launch, registrations are open
18 March 2010
A dedicated website has been launched at www.publicacta.org.nz
provide details on the PublicACTA event to be held in the Town Hall in
Wellington on 10 April 2010, ahead of the controversial ACTA
(Anti-Countereiting Trade Agreement) negotiations.
Respected Australian legal academic Kim Weatherall has confirmed as a
speaker, joining Canadian law professor Dr Michael Geist, previously
announced. Further speaker and programme details will be announced in
InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) is the organiser of PublicACTA,
which is a day long event that will enable the public to voice its
concerns about the ACTA negotiations. The outputs of PublicACTA will
be provided to the New Zealand government negotiators.
Registrations are rolling in and can now also be accepted through the
website. Attending PublicACTA is free of charge.
InternetNZ Policy Director Jordan Carter says the organisation is
proud to provide this platform for public discussion. "The secrecy
around the treaty is concerning, with even the location of the
negotiations in Wellington from 12-16 April being kept hidden from the
"What is clear is that the negotiations extend well beyond trade and
physical counterfeiting to include non-commercial infringement of
copyright material by ordinary citizens, and digital rights
management. This could affect everyone’s rights on the Internet and it
is therefore very important that there is a forum for public
The aim of PublicACTA is to raise the public’s concerns, seek
improvements to the Agreement, and provide an opportunity for people
to connect and discuss the issues. The output will be an agreed
statement that the public and interested organisations can sign up to,
to be delivered to New Zealand government negotiators and politicians.
For more information go to www.publicacta.org.nz
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This media release can be found at: http://bit.ly/c42reX