Open Connectivity, Open Data: Two Dimensions of the Freedom to Seek, Receive and Impart Information in the New Zealand Bill of Rights

Victoria University of Wellington Law Review (Working Paper Series #1), 2012, 4, p 1-60.

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Jon Penney

Harvard Law School; Harvard Kennedy School - Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics, and Public Policy; Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society; Citizen Lab, University of Toronto

Date Written: September 1, 2012

Abstract

Recently, ideas about "rights" to Internet access or connectivity have received growing recognition from governments, legal institutions, and other political actors in several countries, including New Zealand Despite this emerging political and legal recognition, there are few, if any, systematic studies exploring such ideas. This paper aims to change this. First, it offers a theoretical exploration of the idea of a "right" to Internet access, including the diferent versions of such rights talk. Secondly, it examines whether there is any legal basis for such rights claims in New Zealand and ultimately argues that section 14 of the New Zealand Bill of Rights offers a legal basis for a certain kind of right to Internet connectivity, as well as a legal basis to claim wider access - via the Internet or other mediums - to government information. Some concrete implications, both legal and political, of these findings are also explored.

Keywords: open data, open government, internet rights, internet access, copyright, New Zealand, New Zealand Bill of Rights, right to seek receive and impact information, freedom of information

JEL Classification: K1, K10, K23

Suggested Citation

Penney, Jonathon, Open Connectivity, Open Data: Two Dimensions of the Freedom to Seek, Receive and Impart Information in the New Zealand Bill of Rights (September 1, 2012). Victoria University of Wellington Law Review (Working Paper Series #1), 2012, 4, p 1-60.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3158859

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