Letter to Quinovic

Quinovic said I stole a hose. It was the last straw in a two month ordeal to end lease agreement.

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Internet Policy in New Zealand, or, Why Kim Dotcom Needs A Figurative Slap To The Face

I unashamedly admit to being a nerd – in fact, of the names I get called on a daily basis, that one is by far the nicest. I’m also a student of politics who has no particular loyalty to any party. It’s because of these two things, Kim, that I feel an overwhelming need to grab you by those mountainous figurative shoulders and figuratively slap some literal sense in to you.

Regardless of any other motives you may have around your extradition, I have absolutely no doubt that you believe what you are doing is best for New Zealand’s internet policy. After all, a lot of the things you believe in would be wonderful for this country — for example, a competitor for the Southern Cross cable. Continue reading →

Three hundred and sixty five

Hi, my name is Jackson.

Today I’ve been sober for one year — 365 days. Continue reading →

TWITTER OIA — @nikkikaye @tonyryallmp & @paulabennettMP

Three more Twitter OIAs have come through from Nikki Kaye, Tony Ryall, and Paula Bennett.

Twitter DM Official Information Act Request — Nikki Kaye

Twitter DM Official Information Act Request — Paula Bennett

Twitter DM Official Information Act Request — Tony Ryall

Twitter OIA — @stevenljoyce

Another Twitter OIA has come in, this one from Steven Joyce (@stevenljoyce).

His answer is short and to the point

“I have sent no Direct Messages (or DMs) from my Twitter account.”

Twitter DM Official Information Act Request — Steven Joyce by Jackson James Wood

Check out the original post for links to the other MPs.

ADF article

Here is an article Catherine McCullough and I wrote for the Australian Drug Foundation’s magazine. Continue reading →

Twitter OIA — @JudithCollinsMP

Following on from yesterday’s Twitter OIA request response to New Zealand Cabinet ministers, Judith Collins’ (@JudithCollinsMP) office has replied saying that

“she runs her Twitter account in her capacity as an MP. For that reason it is not subject to the Official Information Act.”

Here is the full response.

Twitter DM Official Information Act Request — Judith Collins by Jackson James Wood

I guess this reinforces the sometimes blurry line between what Members of Parliament do as MPs and what they do as Ministers.

Minister Collins’ Twitter bio does not mention she is a Minister, whereas John Key’s does mention he is Prime Minister and Tony Ryall’s mentions he is Minister of Health.

Also, although Collins tweets about her role as Minister that doesn’t necessarily mean she is using it for official correspondence. I imagine that Ministers hat swapping can be quite tedious.

Thanks Judith for the prompt response, look forward to tweeting you soon. Hopefully you’ll even tell me I’m right again.

Are Twitter DMs official information?

A few weeks ago @h_yd_n asked an interesting question on Twitter:

 

The conversation that followed led Di, Hadyn, and I to actually make a request under the Official Information Act.

We asked a pretty straight forward request to see if DMs that were run by Ministers fell under the act in the same way that email does. Our thinking was that Twitter is another communication tool that politicians are increasingly using to communicate and wanted to test (in a non-malicious and not too silly way) whether that was the case.

So here is the response we got today from the Prime Minister’s office. Note that other Ministers are yet to respond.

Twitter DM Official Information Act Request by Jackson James Wood

So what does this tell us?

Di and I think that it confirms DM’s sent by Ministers are OIAable.

In this case because

“Rt Hon John Key does not respond via this account personally, the account is managed on his behalf by staff in this office. The only DMs sent from the account are occasional responses to correspondents suggesting who they should get in touch with regarding their query.”

it does seem fair that there is no public interest in releasing the information and we’re happy to take the PM at his (and his staffs) word.

However, with Ministers like Judith Collins (@JudithCollinsMP) who do personally use their twitter account we might see something interesting.

After all, Twitter is just another way to communicate. It does make sense that “official correspondence” might take place via Twitter, it is pretty cool way to talk to people.

So, in theory, anything that isn’t covered by S9 of the OIA should be released with other ministers when they get back to us.

It will be interesting to see if any official correspondence has taken place via Twitter, this might be a world first if it has!

Our OIA also raises questions about whether Facebook messages and other ‘private’ functions on social media are covered by the act.

We know that there is a grey area between “personal” and “official” correspondence, and we wonder whether the Cabinet Manual should be updated to include rules around social media use and whether the act itself needs to be updated.

We thank the PM and Mr Eagleson for their response and we look forward to the other Ministers replying in kind with the spirit the request was intended.

Update

Will put in all the Ministers responses here.

drawmea.net

My friend Josh, AKA cakeburger, has a brother who has just started a cool website drawmea.net.

Leon does pretty much what the name on the website says. You ask him to “draw me a…” and then he does it.

I asked Leon to draw me a caricature of me. Here is the bloody awesome result.

jackson_halo

You can even colour it in if you want to.jackson_line

Thanks Leon!

Buckets of Love

Here is the 48 Hour Film Festival entry and Daniel J Miles, Jasmine Koh and I put together.