Two days ago, Kim Dotcom announced his plans to an eagerly awaiting press to launch his very own political party, dubbed “The Internet Party”, to the New Zealand Parliament by the time the polls open in their country this September.
In order to become a member of parliament, Dotcom either needs to secure 5 percent of the overall vote, or win a seat in local elections.
On the official website of the newly launched party with a focus on digital democracy, Dotcom has promised to “give you faster, cheaper internet, create high-tech jobs, protect your privacy and safeguard our independence”.
If we keep getting new member registrations at the current rate we'll have more members than the National Party in a few days 🙂 #Technology
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) March 27, 2014
Kim also swore to bring “a New Zealand-sponsored digital currency” to the pockets of the people, claiming that the current financial model lends itself far to easily to greed and oversized political contributions on behalf of his opponents in the field.
“It is a movement for people who haven’t voted before, who have been disappointed by voting, or who don’t like the political choices on offer,” Dotcom said in a statement. “It is a movement for people who care about a digital future, and who want a society that is open, free and fair.”
Dotcom also hinted he had already convinced a high ranking MP to join the cause, although when pressed by the website Stuff.co.nz to elaborate, he claimed he “wasn’t willing to risk their reputation” just yet.
Of course, before any of this actually goes forward and Dotcom is elected the leader of New Zealand’s newest, and likely least coherent political platform, he must become a full-fledged citizen of New Zealand and renounce his membership from his home country, Germany.