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Digital Advisory Panel partly named

Paul Brislen, Editor. 19 March 2018, 2:58 pm

The first participants in the government's new Digital Advisory Panel have been announced with some familiar faces among the line-up.

Mind Lab founder Francis Valentine chairs the group, which will eventually number 14, and along with helping the Minister of IT and Communications to find a suitable CTO for the country, the group's first role is to find eight more members for the Panel itself.

Along with Valentine are InternetNZ's group CEO Jordan Carter, NZRise co-chair Victoria MacLennan, former Crown Fibre Holdings policy guy Rohan McMahon, Head of Innovation for NZ on Air, Brenda Leewenberg, former TUANZ board member and current rural broadband wireless ISP proponent Chris O'Connell, founder of the SingularityU New Zealand chapter, Kaila Colbin, and co-founder of the Digital Natives Academy, Potaua Biasiny-Tule.

The Panel is expected to help the Minister answer some key questions around the future digital direction New Zealand could or should take.

The Minister has posed a number of questions for the Panel and the CTO to answer including, what is the current state of ICT in New Zealand, what does digital inclusion look like and how can New Zealand deliver that, what would it take to eliminate the digital divides (plural) by 2020, how to maximise infrastructure investment and what could RBI3 and UFB3 look like, and a number of others.

The CTO role was to have been filled before the D5 summit, held in Wellington last month, however the candidates were deemed not up to the task and the search has resumed with a new process in place.


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