Protect the Internet against radicalization and extremist content

The Christchurch Call to Action, a political summit initiated by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, met at the United Nations General Assembly to renew its commitment to creating a safer digital world.

The Summit was formed in 2019 following a massive terrorist attack in Christchurch that left 51 people dead and dozens injured. The terrorist took to social media to livestream the murderous rampage for several minutes, and the video was viewed by thousands before it was taken down from the internet.

In an interview with GZERO Media, Paul Ash, Prime Minister Ardern’s Special Representative on Cyber ​​and Digital, detailed the key issues discussed at the meeting. “First, how can we respond to crises and keep people safe when the internet is abused by terrorists and violent extremists? Second, how do we think about prevention? Ash continued: “The third thing we looked at in our summit meeting was how the call from Christchurch can stay relevant. How can we sustain it as the Internet transforms into a more immersive environment? »

The Summit aims to counter extremism and hate online, and, in particular, gender-based hate and harassment and attacks against LGBTQI communities.

Ash told GZERO that to ensure a free, open and secure internet of the future, Summit leaders must also focus on emerging technologies that may create greater risks for people and societies.

“We have a lot on our plate, as we think about the next eight years, to make sure that we build security into this model, that we protect against cybersecurity attacks and that we put people and citizens first. in this process,” Ash said.

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