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Internet Party Announces Special Guests #AntiSpyBill Event

Published: Sun 6 Aug 2017 11:50 AM
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.

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