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Online protests over controversial copyright law
Published: 6:00AM Thursday April 14, 2011 Source: ONE News
The new laws mean from September 1 downloading copyright-protected material will be punishable with fines of up to $15,000, and copyright holders will be able to approach Internet Service Providers (ISPs) if they believe an ISP's client has been illegally downloading their material.

One in four gives fake net names
Source: BBC News
More than a quarter of people online have lied about their name and more than one in five has done something online they regret, says a new report.

Google on privacy: change your name
Louisa Hearn
August 17, 2010 - 3:05PM

Google's chief has put forth a novel solution for today's teenagers whose wild online antics threaten to follow them into their adult life: change your name.

TVNZ Internet Debate

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Internet debate: Is it appropriate for governments to step in and regulate the Internet?

11:26AM Wednesday July 28, 2010

Internet debate: At what age should children be responsible for their online behaviour?
11:22AM Wednesday July 28, 2010

Internet debate: What role should parents play in ensuring their children are safe online?
11:16AM Wednesday July 28, 2010
Internet debate: Should the New Zealand Government beef up its cyber defence capabilities? 11:33AM Wednesday July 28, 2010

More Government information for reuse 6 August 2010 This press release on beehive.govt.nz talks about the latest government framework to encourage release of governmental materials and resources under Creative Commons licenses.

Ruling Allows ‘Jailbreaking’ of iPhones

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. Published: July 26, 2010
This one is of particular relevance to this discussion thread:
  • allow college professors, film students, documentary filmmakers and producers of noncommercial videos to break copy-protection measures on DVDs so they can embed clips for educational purposes, criticism or commentary.

This is "is one of a handful of new exemptions from a 1998 federal law that prohibits people from bypassing technical measures that companies put on their products to prevent unauthorized use of copyright-protected material."

'Academic fraud' filtering hopes to crack down on plagiarism
June 24th, 2010
For years, schools have struggled to crack down on web-savvy students who purchase or download term papers online, and a new option from OpenDNS aims to make plagiarism that much harder.

Schools on guard as cyber plagiarism increases

June 22, 2010
BRITISH schools are being forced to use plagiarism-detecting software to catch cheating students amid warnings that children as young as 11 need to be taught not to copy and paste from the internet.

Internet plagiarism rising in schools
guardian.co.uk, Sunday 20 June 2010 21.52 BST
Half of university students also prepared to submit essays bought off internet, according to research.

Ofcom unveils anti-piracy policy
Friday, 28 May 2010 14:38 UK
Lists of Britons who infringe copyright are to be drawn up by the UK's biggest ISPs, under proposals from the regulator Ofcom.

Crackdown on internet piracy a step closer (5:59)

Added: 9:52PM Sunday December 13, 2009

Source: TVNZ news at 8
Commerce Minister Simon Power will take his plan for a new internet piracy regime to Cabinet. …