Kim Dotcom is wrong 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?
Dotcom has every right to express his views, even if they have an unjust negative effect.
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 economy.
Some of them may consider buying technology from New Zealand companies, others may think 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.
There are things that need fixing – 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.