updated 08:46 pm EDT, Wed September 4, 2013
Legal battle in NZ continues for Dotcom
Internet personality and entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has stepped down as head of data locker service Mega in an effort to prevent his extradition to the US and to work on other previously-announced projects. He resigned as director of the company effective August 29, and was replaced by longtime co-worker Bonnie Lam on the same day.
According to an account of the matter given by chief executive Vikram Kumar to The New Zealand Herald, Dotcom exited the company so he could "focus on the extradition case, an upcoming music website, and to build a political party.''
Dotcom did confirm the political aspects of his departure on Twitter -- New Zealand's next election cycle begins towards the end of 2014. Dotcom had previously revealed plans for a web-based Mega-branded music service.
The New Zealand Supreme Court is involved in the US extradition request of Dotcom and two compatriots in conjunction with the MegaUpload shutdown in 2012. Dotcom awaits the court ruling on the matter, but the fallout from the event caused mass restructuring and procedural changes across a wide swath of New Zealand's monitoring and surveillance programs, as well as changes to laws in the country regulating data capture of its citizens.