Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has launched The Internet Party in New Zealand. Dotcom, whose file-sharing site was shut down in 2012 by U.S. and New Zealand authorities, formed the political party to promote "freedom of the internet and technology, for privacy and political reform."
Dotcom is currently fighting extradition to the U.S. over charges of copyright infringement on a "massive scale." While a date for that to happen has not been announced, many expect that Dotcom will have his day in U.S. courts sometime this summer.
To enter the New Zealand parliament, the Internet Party must win an electoral seat or secure five percent of the vote. Some of the key bullet point issues for the party include faster and cheaper internet, the creation of high-tech jobs, privacy protections, and "a New Zealand-sponsored digital currency that is safe, secure and encrypted."