Over the last few days I’ve shown how wrong Kim Dotcom is when he says New Zealand has third world internet.
You can read the facts for yourself:
- New Zealand moves up tech development index
- Does Kim Dotcom’s third world NZ internet claim stand up?
While I support Dotcom’s freedom to express his views, I’m concerned about the effect his words may have.
Dotcom has an international profile. The international news media pick up his words, often without context.
So people outside New Zealand get a distorted, unbalanced view of our technology and out economy.
Some of them may be considering buying technology from New Zealand companies, others may be thinking of investing. If the only internationally distributed technology story they see about New Zealand is Dotcom’s comments, then they are going to get a wrong impression.
I’m certainly not a cheerleader for New Zealand or our national telecommunications infrastructure – there are plenty of things I’d like fixed – but perspective and context are everything. If you’re reading this from overseas, there’s a good chance New Zealand’s broadband and technology infrastructure is in better shape than where you are.