I'd like to see some more commentary from the candidates (especially Edison and Andrew) about what they would like to see in PPNZ's policies on the following issues:
* Online Privacy and Anonymity
* Net Censorship
* the TPPA and Free Trade Agreements in general
* Open Source governance
Additionally, I'd like to see some general thoughts in relation to PPNZ's adoption of a broad (ie. "non-core") policy platform.
Online Privacy and Anonymity. I'd like to see New Zealand adopt "do not track" for those third-party advertisers and the like that follow your surfing habits to deliver adverts.
I'd like some genuine Anonymity online, to that end, I'm developing a very secure anonymous routing network program, which will be backwards compatible with bittorrent (unlike TOR)
Net Censorship: I don't agree that our internet connections should be filtered, as this leaves the ability to censor political information, wikileaks, etc in the hands of the DIA, the Censor's office and anyone who can hack the blacklist.
TPPA/ACTA & FTAs: Having been an active participant in public ACTA last year, I know that it is our sovereign rights that are being traded away for the sake of accepting what US lobbyists want.
I don't accept that we should be asked to do away with pharmac just because US drug companies have lobbied US politicians, nor do I accept that Hollywood should get to re-write our copyright act.
There is evidence of this on wikileaks, if you wish to search for it in the US embassy cables.
Open-Source governance: I think this is something the Pirate Party alone does, and it is doubtful that other parties do it. To that end, if we get into parliament, I would be happy to go with any reasonable policy developed through our wiki, or burrowed from other Pirate Parties.
That includes basic core policies like requiring government documents and websites to have cross platform compatibility and work with open source standards just as well as proprietary programs.
I would require that all software developed for government use have source code available to the government at no extra charge.
I think that for any non-core policy to be adopted, it has to fit in with the pirate wheel of principles
: as long as it fits within the principles, then I see no barrier to adoption of non-core policy.