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Dotcom case ends, U.S. attempts last-minute evidence submission

The long awaited extradition trial of legally-embattled Kim Dotcom and his co-defendants has finally come to close, but not before the prosecution attempted to submit a last-minute piece of evidence, despite its side of the case having ended weeks ago. Regardless, this marks the beginning of the end of a …

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New Zealand used NSA spy tools on WTO director candidates

If you were applying to become the head of the World Trade Organisation, you might expect some scrutiny into your affairs. However, what you might draw the line at is a member of the Five Eyes intelligence agency utilising anti-terror tools to read your emails and potentially give your opponents …

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Eminem taking NZ National Party to court next week

Copyright protection is there for a reason, we’re always told. It’s there to protect the rights of artists to benefit from their hard work and creativity – and to an extent, that’s true. Governments usually agree on this too, which is why copyright law has been a major component in …

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New Zealand head of GCSB leaves ‘sinking ship’

The head of New Zealand’s GCSB intelligence agency, Ian Fletcher, has announced his resignation on the grounds of what he describes as “family reasons.” Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, who has regularly faced off with Fletcher and the New Zealand government during the ongoing pre-trial investigations for his extradition hearing, said …

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Dotcom explains his departure from Baboom, Internet Party

Kim Dotcom has been a personality we’ve covered here a lot in the past couple of years, mostly because he’s been working on some exciting new platform. Over that time he’s launched the phoenix like file-locker site, Megaupload, a music sharing site and his own political party, but since then he’s …

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Internet MANA party leader admits “mistake” over Dotcom

It’s been a couple of days now since the Internet MANA party failed to gain a single seat in the New Zealand elections and party funder/founder Kim Dotcom claimed responsibility for it, apologising to supporters after the results came in. Now party leader Laila Harré has echoed this sentiment, suggesting …

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Dotcom’s Internet MANA alliance fails to win seat

Over the weekend votes were cast and counted in New Zealand’s latest general election, following weeks and months of campaigning by all parties. Most notably in the tech press, Megaupload and Mega founder Kim Dotcom has appeared, alongside his Internet MANA party creation, with hopes to win one of its …

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Internet MANA in big final push before NZ election

With the New Zealand national elections set to take place tomorrow, Kim Dotcom and Laila Harré’s Internet MANA party has been firing off its last salvos to try and get people out to vote, including encouraging people to vote for someone other than the Internet MANA party if it means …

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NZ PM denies mass surveillance, admits some data gathering

Following on from Kim Dotcom’s “Moment of Truth,” event held earlier this week, where Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Glen Greenwald, all accused New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key of being complicit in his intelligence agency (GCSB) spying on New Zealand citizens, the PM has made a statement to the …

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Dotcom, Snowden, Assange, Greenwald all attack NZ PM

Yesterday, some of the biggest names in the public fight for internet freedoms and personal privacy made an appearance together in Auckland, New Zealand, to talk to Internet Party members and concerned citizens, about the upcoming New Zealand general election and they spent a lot of their time criticising the”adolescent” …

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NZ PM in alleged Dotcom extradition plot

The character of New Zealand’s prime minister, John Key, has once again been called into question, after internet entrepreneur, Kim Dotcom, announced that he had in his possession a copy of an email conversation between the CEO of Warner Bros and the MPAA’s Mike Ellis, that discussed Mr Key allowing …

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Can Dotcom make a difference in NZ elections?

As the New Zealand general elections roll ever closer, people are beginning to wonder if much of what internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has been up to over the last six months will pay off. Will his Internet MANA political alliance be able to not only gain a seat at the …

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Dotcom’s Internet Mana party concludes tour, denies effigy burning

Megaupload and Mega founder, Kim Dotcom, has been touring New Zealand in recent weeks alongside representatives of his sponsored Internet Mana Party, to help spread the word about the company’s stance on copyright reform, personal privacy, internet developments and a number of other political points. However, he’s had to conclude …

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Dotcom to make PM revelation five days before election

Kim Dotcom has grabbed headlines in New Zealand once again, after announcing that just five days before the general election later this year, he’s rented out the Auckland Town Hall and will be inviting anyone and everyone to hear new revelations that explain how the Prime Minister knew of him …

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Kim Dotcom offers £3 million in whistleblower bounty

With his extradition trial approaching and pending civil lawsuits from both the MPAA and RIAA, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is facing the barrels of several guns all at once. To give him a little firepower in his own corner however, he’s taken the typically bold step of offering a bounty …

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Dotcom’s Internet Party closes on MANA deal, PM embarassed

As internet entrepeneur Kim Dotcom’s Internet Party closes in on a deal with the local MANA party, headed by ex-Maori party leader, Hone Harawira, news has emerged that the Prime Minister John Key, who denies any involvement with his government’s GCSB intelligence agency illegally spying on Kim Dotcom, actually had …

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Dotcom officially launches the Internet party

Teased and talked about for several months, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom’s Internet Party political group has now been officially launched, putting its policies out there for the first time and asking for member registrations. On the newly launched website, Dotcom himself introduces the party (along with a parodied special guest) …

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US snooping continues expansion with NZ FACTA compliance

Despite all the negative attention that the privacy destroying revelations surrounding the NSA’s PRISM scheme has brought to the US and the huge fallout because of that in the US technology sector, the government is continuing to extend its tentacles around the world and is getting local governments to force …

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New Zealand MP resigns over anonymous Dotcom donation

Kim Dotcom is a wrecking ball to the New Zealand political system’s house of cards. He’s not only exposed illegal practices by the county’s top spy agency, the GCSB, but has embarrassed top politicians for their complicity with US PRISM programs and selective law making and has now caused a …

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Dotcom suing GCSB over illegal spying and aggressive tactics

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has announced his intention to bring legal action against New Zealand spy agency, the GCSB, over its treatment of him during his investigation and subsequent arrest. Legal papers filed with the NZ High Court accused the organisation of being excessively aggressive, and invasive when raiding his …

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NZ Prime Minister vs Kim Dotcom, who you got?

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom is set to go head to head with New Zealand’s Prime Minister, John Key, this Wednesday, in an intelligence and security committee to discuss potential changes to the GCSB bill, which would give the intelligence agency increased powers for surveillance of NZ citizens. Essentially, it would …

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Mass illegal surveillance down under revealed in Dotcom case

While it’s been known for a while that New Zealand’s intelligence agency GCSB (Government Communication Security Bureau) spied on Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom without legal precedent, it turns out that it may have done so in more than 80 different cases, highlighting the need for further regulation and monitoring of …

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NZ Prime Minister was friends with head of GCSB spy agency

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During the Kim Dotcom extradition trial, the New Zealand prime minister, John Key, has attempted to distance himself from the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) intelligence agency that performed illegal spying on the Megaupload founder. However it has now been revealed that they were more than just acquaintances and according to some, even childhood …

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