I’m proud to let you know that Netsafe is leading the development of Aotearoa’s first Online Safety Code of Practice. The Code is designed for ICT organisations providing services to people in New Zealand.

I’ve been having discussions with multinational technology organisations to understand if the industry is interested in the Code. The overwhelming answer is yes – and the support thus far is positive.

Together we are working through the launch development phase with interested industry partners. We will hold workshops over the next few months and are aiming to launch in July.

Given the growing number of people who rely on the internet, it’s critical that online safety is purposely factored in to improve the experiences and wellbeing of internet users.

Netsafe’s research shows one in five adults and twice as many young people received a digital communication that negatively impacted their life in 2020. To put that in a practical context, as 2021 has progressed, Netsafe is continuing to record a new ”high” in terms of the highest ever number of reports related to harmful digital communication.

Experiences like this, directly and indirectly, cause physical, financial, and psychological harm, decrease user confidence, and undermine investment in the digital economy and society.

As digital technology continues to be an important part of how many people connect, learn and live, we remain committed to helping people stay safe online, enabling people to access digital opportunities and reducing online harm.

Ngā mihi,
Martin Cocker
Netsafe CEO