INTERNET PERSONALITY Kim Dotcom has kicked off his political ambitions with the launch of the Internet Party in New Zealand.
The Internet Party has a vision, a website, a Twitter account, a campaign video and a message. Dotcom wants to build a digital rights political party in New Zealand that stands for the internet, freedom and privacy.
"It's time to switch democracy back on..." he said. "Lets make New Zealand the best it can be, together."
The aims of the party are clear: make the internet better, fairer, cheaper and less oppressive - all things close to Dotcom's heart.
"The Internet Party will put an end to the bandwidth monopoly, and stop the overpricing and limitations that are harming New Zealand's digital future," says the campaign website.
"The Internet Party will fight against mass surveillance, removing its legal basis in New Zealand. We will establish better oversight of spy agencies to make sure privacy rights are respected."
Copyright also gets a mention, as does the digital currency Bitcoin.
"The Internet Party will draft a modern copyright law that ensures safe harbour for internet service providers, promotes fair use, and compels global content creators to make their products available here without the usual delays. We will advance a balanced system that rewards creators and benefits the public, which in turn will attract innovation and new businesses," explains the party.
"The Internet Party will support the introduction of a New Zealand-sponsored digital currency that is safe, secure and encrypted, providing for instant international transactions at minimal cost. By becoming a digital currency leader, New Zealand can become a key hub for a growing financial sector."
"Mega is in excellent hands. I resigned as Managing Director to focus on my copyright case & a new political party," he said then. "I'm still working on Megabox, too ;-)". µ