Tech Against Terrorism’s Assessment of New Zealand’s 2021 Digital Violent Extremism Report

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Published date: May 18, 2022

Country: New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Region: Oceania

Subject tag: Government transparency | Terrorism and violent extremism

On 28 April 2022, the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) published its first ever Digital Violent Extremism Report, which provides insight into New Zealand’s efforts to counter terrorism and violent extremism (TVE) online. Tech Against Terrorism commends the New Zealand government for publishing a transparency report containing detailed metrics and information about how the DIA identifies TVE content online and collaborates with tech platforms to remove such content. … Our review of New Zealand’s transparency report shows that the Department of Internal Affairs includes all information and metrics recommended by Tech Against Terrorism, except those regarding decisions to remove content which are appealed and otherwise contested. We recommend that in future reports New Zealand include metrics on appeals received, allowed, and dismissed to reinforce its accountability to online users. We also recommend that New Zealand outline what redress mechanisms are available, and how clearly and publicly they are advertised, to contest a DIA-led content removal.