Technology Users Association of New Zealand publishes the position paper on election technology

Recommendations include a national AI strategy and developing a new national cybersecurity strategy with enhanced privacy regulations, to name a few.

New Zealand

The Technology Users Association (TUANZ) has published its sixth and final position paper outlining its preferred policies for the upcoming election in New Zealand. The report focuses on three key areas: the use of AI, digital inequity, and online security and safety.

TUANZ stresses the importance of putting users at the centre of AI deployment, highlighting concerns about potential challenges, such as opaque AI systems, biassed algorithms, intrusive data collection practices, lack of transparency, and ineffective mechanisms for feedback or redress. Furthermore, the study emphasises ensuring everyone can access and effectively utilise digital technologies in line with proper cybersecurity and online security measures.

To address these concerns, TUANZ recommends developing a holistic national AI strategy, adopting ethical AI principles by the technology sector, investing in AI education and workforce development, as well as investing in programs that improve digital capability among those currently unable to access opportunities.

Why does it matter?

TUANZ’s position papers address the challenges and potential risks of AI, digital inequity, and online security. By releasing these position papers, TUANZ aims to influence the technology policies of the upcoming election and foster a more inclusive and secure digital environment in New Zealand.