IGEA’s Submission to the NZ Ministry for Culture and Heritage: Exploring Digital Convergence: Issues for Policy and Legislation


IGEA’s Submission to the NZ Ministry for Culture and Heritage: Exploring Digital Convergence: Issues for Policy and Legislation

Oct 16, 2015

IGEA has prepared a submission to the NZ government’s discussion paper on Exploring Digital Convergence: Issues for Policy & Legislation (Discussion Paper).

It is self evident that the Internet has changed how consumers acquire content. The rapid change in technology, delivery methods, ease of access and the ubiquity of content has far outrun the government’s ability to ensure legislation and policy remain ‘fit for purpose’.

With this high velocity of change comes the challenge to ensure business is not unfairly encumbered with outdated or poorly constructed legislation, while guaranteeing that the principles around ensuring the protection of New Zealand citizens are met.

In our submission IGEA focused primarily on issues around regulation and policy in an era of convergence. Specifically, we  addressed the need to have a classification system that is, to the degree possible, able to be flexible and nimble enough to address the rapidly changing digital environment and structured in a manner that allows for easy application to reflect the sensitivities of the wider populous as they change.

You can read our full submission here

To further support our submission, IGEA has published a paper, Current and Emerging Issues for the Classification of Video Games in New Zealand

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