Kim Dotcom promises to 'abolish mass surveillance' with his NZ political party

Kim Dotcom (Reuters)

Kim Dotcom (Reuters)

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom tells the Guardian "governments want to engage in mass surveillance and have total citizen control." The political party he founded to contest New Zealand's September 20 elections, the Mana Internet party, promises to "abolish mass surveillance."

Dotcom also reiterated his promise that five days before the election, the world will "witness a moment of truth" at an event alongside Glenn Greenwald, the former Guardian journalist who broke the NSA revelations with Edward Snowden. "We're about to make history", he said. The eccentric entrepeuner behind file-hosting site Megaupload established the Internet party in March 2014, which has merged with the Mana Party during the election campaign, led by Laila Harré.

More in the Guardian interview here.

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  1. this could make NZ a place worth migrating to. if I could find a job... smile

  2. "governments want to engage in mass surveillance and have total citizen control."

    Question: If Control’s control is absolute, why does Control need to control?

    Answer: Control… needs time.

    Question: Is Control controlled by its need to control?

    Answer: Yes.

    Why does Control need humans, as you call them?

    Answer: Wait… wait! Time, a landing field. Death needs time like a junkie needs junk.

    And what does Death need time for?

    Answer: The answer is sooo simple. Death needs time for what it kills to grow in, for Ah Pook’s sake.

    Death needs time for what it kills to grow in, for Ah Pook’s sweet sake, you stupid vulgar greedy ugly American death-sucker.

  3. JonS says:

    Unfortunately the Mana Internet Party is a farcical marriage of convenience, which even the participants can't take seriously. Which is a shame, because Labour's vigorous self-destruction leaves the Greens as the only 'viable' alternative to National's policy programme of MOAR SPYING! MOAR COW SHIT IN ALL TEH RIVERZ! but a lot of folk wouldn't vote for the Greens just on principle.

    I have a lot of sympathy for Dotcom and the Internet Party and associated policies, even though I think that personally he's a bit of a dick. The way he was treated is abysmal, and I appreciate he's been serious and effective in holding Key's feet to the fire over it. Also, he seems to be the only person who can really get under Key's skin, and does it with consummate ease smiley But this Mana Internet thing is a joke.

  4. Kimmo says:

    The internet is the biggest gift to mankind and we need to protect it from overreaching governments and greedy corporations.

    He'd get my vote in a heartbeat.

  5. I'd be very surprised if they get a single seat in parliament. National is almost certainly going to win this election, and they've demonstrated that they're more than eager to cooperate with the US on a number of issues.

    That being said, as an ex-pat American, New Zealand is a nice place to call home, despite our government.

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