Dr. David Bromell
Institute for Governance & Policy Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Fellow at CAIS from October 2020 to March 2021
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?