Fellow Dr. David Bromell

Dr. David Bromell

Institute for Governance & Policy Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

  Fellow at CAIS from October 2020 to March 2021


CAIS Report: Bromell, David (2020). The Christchurch Call.

The Christchurch Call

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron convened the Christchurch Call summit on 15 May 2019. They invited governments and tech companies to commit to eliminating terrorist and violent extremist content online. The summit was held exactly two months after the Christchurch mosque shootings on 15 March.

This research reflects on the intent, implications and achievements of the Christchurch Call. When is state censorship of internet content justifiable? How might a balance be struck between state regulation, industry self-regulation and ‘the invisible hand’ of the market? And how as members of diverse publics might we make our digital ‘echo chambers’ and ‘filter bubbles’ more permeable and civil, less ‘us’ and ‘them’, so we can live together without recourse to violence?

Main Research Topics
  • Internet Censorship and Filtering
  • Social Media Regulation
  • Pluralism and Civility in Public Life
Curriculum Vitae
  • Since 2008: Senior Associate, Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Since 2017: Adjunct Senior Fellow, Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of Canterbury
  • 2003–2020: Senior policy analysis and advice roles in central and local government, most recently as Principal Advisor in the Regional Forums Secretariat at the Canterbury Regional Council (2013–20)
Lectures and Publications
  • Bromell, David (2021). After Christchurch: Hate, harm and the limits of censorship. Series of 7 working papers, IGPS/CAIS. https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/igps/publications/working-papers
  • Bromell, David (2021). After Christchurch, hate speech policy should focus on harm, not offence taken. The Guardian, March 12, 2021. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/mar/12/after-christchurch-hate-speech-policy-should-focus-on-harm-not-offence-taken
  • Bromell, David; Shanks, David (2021). Censored! Developing a framework for making sound decisions fast. Policy Quarterly, 17(1). 42–49. doi: https://doi.org/10.26686/pq.v17i1.6729.
  • Bromell, David (2020). Censored! Developing a framework for making sound decisions fast. Lecture at Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, 3 December 2020.
  • Bromell, David (2019). Ethical competencies for public leadership: Pluralist democratic politics in practice. Cham, CH: Springer.
  • Bromell, David (2017). The art and craft of policy advising: A practical guide. Cham, CH: Springer.
  • Bromell, David (2016). Why (not) political philosophy? Policy Quarterly 12(2), 80–84. https://doi.org/10.26686/pq.v12i2.4595
  • Bromell, David (2014). ‘A fair go’ in public policy. Policy Quarterly 10(2), 12–21. https://doi.org/10.26686/pq.v10i2.4490
  • Bromell, David (2012). Creating public value in the policy advice role. Policy Quarterly 8(4), 16–22. https://doi.org/10.26686/pq.v8i4.4432
  • Bromell, David (2010). The public servant as analyst, adviser and advocate. In J. Boston, A. Bradstock & D. Eng (Eds.), Public policy: Why ethics matters (pp. 55–78). Canberra, ACT: ANU E Press.
  • Bromell, David (2009). Recognition, redistribution and democratic inclusion. In R. Openshaw and E. Rata (Eds.), The politics of conformity in New Zealand (pp. 231–255). North Shore City, NZ: Pearson.
  • Bromell, David (2008). Ethnicity, Identity and Public Policy: Critical perspectives on multiculturalism. Wellington: Institute of Policy Studies, School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington.
  • Other publications at: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/David_Bromell