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Christchurch Call – Key First Steps

What is the Call? The Christchurch Call is a collective commitment by both governments and tech companies to eliminate online terrorist and violent extremist content.

InternetNZ Chief Executive Jordan Carter was in Paris for the summit and chaired the Voices for Action meeting. InternetNZ welcomes the commit of action by governments on board and key tech companies to address online terrorism and violent extremism.

“It’s important that governments and online service providers have come together on this issue, to agree real, actionable changes,” says Carter.

Further to their involvement in the Christchurch Call, InternetNZ has a long record of providing advice and views to New Zealand governments on Internet policy issues and has experience in global internet policy debates.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and InternetNZ Chief Executive Jordan Carter in Paris

Alongside New Zealand are 17 additional countries who have joined the Call. Australia, Canada, European Commission, France, Germany, Indonesia, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, The Netherlands, Norway, Senegal, Spain, Sweden and The United Kingdom.

There are also 8 major tech companies already on board: Amazon, Daily Motion, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Qwant, Twitter and YouTube.

This is just the first step, the Call is now calling upon other companies, countries and organisations to join.

The Christchurch Call to action includes detailed individual commitments from governments and online service providers along with a collective agreement between governments and online service providers. These include:

  • Working alongside civil society to promote community-led efforts
  • Developing effective interventions and processes allowing both governments and online services to respond rapidly
  • The acceleration of research into and the development of technical solutions.
  • Supporting both research and academic efforts to aid in understanding and preventing violent extremist content online
  • Ensuring appropriate cooperation among law enforcement agencies.

“As thoughts now turn to following up on the Call, a key role InternetNZ will take is to do all we can to sustain and support the full involvement of civil society voices from Aotearoa and around the world in these issues. To make progress, everyone has to be around the table. Our commitment is to work at home and internationally to help make that happen,” Carter says.

You can read more about The Call here.

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