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On the internet, anyone can express their views, like they can in Speakers’ Corner in London – it’s up to the audience to guard against disinformation. J. A. Hampton/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

The battle against disinformation is global

A scholar who has reviewed the efforts of nations around the world to protect their citizens from foreign interference says there is no magic solution, but there's plenty to learn and do.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron launched the Christchurch Call initiative in Paris in May 2019. EPA/Yoan Valat

Christchurch’s legacy of fighting violent extremism online must go further – deep into the dark web

The US, Russia and China haven't backed the NZ-led Christchurch Call to crackdown on online extremism. Without them, and key non-western media, the initiative is unlikely to make enough difference.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron at the “Christchurch Call” summit, which delivered an agreement signed by tech companies and world leaders. EPA/Charles Platiau

The ‘Christchurch Call’ is just a start. Now we need to push for systemic change

While the "Christchurch Call" summit has made concrete progress, we need to keep up the pressure on social media companies to become more transparent and accountable.
Jacinda Ardern and Immanuel Macron will head up the Christchurch Call meeting, aimed at coordinating international regulation of harmful online content. Ian Langsdon / AAP

It’s vital we clamp down on online terrorism. But is Ardern’s ‘Christchurch Call’ the answer?

Being seen to lead is clearly an important political aspect of managing online content. But internet regulation must focus on creating policy that is clear, accountable, balanced and open to appeals.

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