Menu
Google and YouTube join NZ government to host 'Christchurch Call' workshop

Google and YouTube join NZ government to host 'Christchurch Call' workshop

Scenario testing will help ensure new shared crisis response protocol is fit for purpose

Jacinda Ardern (New Zealand Prime Minister)

Jacinda Ardern (New Zealand Prime Minister)

Credit: Reuters

Governments and technology companies are holding a two-day workshop in Wellington to test the Christchurch Call "shared crisis response protocol".

Prime minister Jacinda Ardern today announced the workshop, which is hosted by YouTube/Google and aims to refine and strengthen the online response in the event of a terrorist attack.

Companies, governments, civil society experts and NGOs will work through a series of fictional scenarios designed to be both confronting and take into account evolving risks, to ensure the protocol and others like it are fit for purpose.

“The March 15 terror attack showed the lengths terrorists and those who support them will go to magnify their harm beyond the borders of any single country,” Ardern said.

“Social media was used in an unprecedented way as a tool to promote an act of terrorism and hate. We are working together to ensure that doesn’t happen again."

The shared crisis response protocol was announced by Ardern and president Emmanuel Macron on 23 September, at a series of events during the UN general assembly leaders’ week.

Ardern said she was confident companies and governments were better prepared to respond quickly, and in a coordinated way, to prevent the mass dissemination of terrorist and violent extremist content online.

The workshop is about ensuring the crisis response protocol is an effective tool that will help prevent social media being used again in the way it was on March 15, Ardern said.

“We understand the importance of partnership and continued collaboration, and that shared initiatives are crucial to prevent and respond to abuse of digital platforms,” said Gautam Anand, managing director of YouTube Asia Pacific.

“We are fully committed to maintaining YouTube as a responsible platform, and to working collectively with other companies, NGOs, governments and civil society experts in combating the use of online platforms for harmful activity,” Anand said.

As part of the Christchurch call to action, governments and online service providers made a commitment to “develop processes allowing governments and online service providers to respond rapidly, effectively and in a coordinated manner to the dissemination of terrorist or violent extremist content following a terrorist event.

Newsroom reported yesterday the Christchurch Call had expanded to include 48 countries and major techs Facebook, Google, and Microsoft among others.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags GoogleyoutubeJacinda ArdernChristchurch Call

Brand Post

How to become the best IT MSP

This article provides guidance for managed service providers (MSPs) that want to grow their business. It is also useful for any IT service provider looking to move from the break-fix model to managed IT services.

Featured

Slideshows

Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2019

Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2019

The leading players of the New Zealand channel came together to celebrate a year of achievement at the annual Reseller News Platinum Club lunch in Auckland. Following the Reseller News Innovation Awards, Platinum Club provides a platform to showcase the top performing partners and start-ups of the past 12 months.

Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2019
Reseller News hosts alumnae breakfast for Women in ICT Awards

Reseller News hosts alumnae breakfast for Women in ICT Awards

Reseller News hosted its second annual alumnae breakfast for the Women in ICT Awards in New Zealand, designed to showcase the leading female leaders in the industry. Held at The Cordis in Auckland, attendees came together to hear inspiring keynotes and panel discussions, alongside high-level networking among peers. Photos by Gino Demeer.

Reseller News hosts alumnae breakfast for Women in ICT Awards
Reseller News Innovation Awards 2019: meet the winners

Reseller News Innovation Awards 2019: meet the winners

Reseller News honoured the standout players of the New Zealand channel in front of more than 480 technology leaders in Auckland on 23 October, recognising the achievements of top partners, emerging entrants and innovative start-ups.

Reseller News Innovation Awards 2019: meet the winners
Show Comments