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Tohatoha Aotearoa Commons

Tohatoha supports New Zealand to become a digital nation with a digitally sophisticated population. We work at the intersection of the digital world and the day to day operations of the public sector, civil society, and institutions across the country. By providing the acumen needed to navigate the legal, ethical, and practical challenges of digital transformation, we bolster social cohesion, wise procurement choices, and a workforce whose digital literacy goes beyond the basics.

Vision

A just and equitable digital world–for Aotearoa and the planet.

Mission

Enable big conversations with and within our communities, while amplifying the voices of those harmed by digital technologies and working toward solutions to build a just and equitable Internet.

Meet Our Team

Mandy Henk

Mandy Henk

Toihautū | Chief Executive

Mandy is a librarian, writer, and advocate for a healthy and vibrant Commons. She was named a 2012 Library Journal...

Brendan Boughen

Brendan Boughen

Tumu Whakapā | Communications Manager

Brendan has had a 15-year career in public relations, working across a wide range of clients, predominantly in the technology,...

Emmi Bevensee

Emmi Bevensee

Kaiwhakahaere hangarau matua | Chief Technology Officer and Misinfo Lead

Emmi Bevensee is a data-scientist and open-source investigator focusing on hate, dis/misinformation, and complexity. They are an Edmund Hillary Fellow,...

Charlotte Hayes

Charlotte Hayes

Kaiāwhina | Administration

With a background in project coordination spanning creative, social justice and start-up realms, Charlotte brings a range of skills and...

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We host events and reading groups to enhance digital inclusion and encourage robust public engagement with – and understanding of – the impacts of new digital technologies.

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No one else in New Zealand combines our knowledge about the needs of the public sector, civil society, and institutions with our expertise in the practical, legal, policy, and ethical complexities of data-driven technologies, online mis/disinformation, the impact of data-centric internet business models, and copyright.

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Tohatoha, Level 7, 62 Victoria Street West, Auckland