The Internet Party is currently number 8 on the NZ app store for iOS. Beating out Spotify and almost overtaking Snapchat is no mean feat, just ask any kiwi game developer. But when this is a political party we’re talking about it is literally revolutionary.
What is amazing here is finally a party is making fantastic tech integrations and plugging in democracy the way it could have been done at least 2 elections ago. Online memberships, Android and iOS apps, these are pre-cursors which I suggest will see a rise in membership of political parties on the whole, though not to pre-1984 levels.
Having been shown what is possible, every other party needs to do this if it wants to remain relevant this election and into the future. Whether you like the party or not is no import, they have shown they way forward for political parties to remain relevant and that is what is newsworthy here. If National and Labour don’t have an app in production already someone needs to clear house in their IT and strategy departments.
Changing the game is as important as being in the game. Whether or not the party gets into parliament they have already changed the face of kiwi democracy for the better, congratulations Internet Party