Examining the response to the 2019 Christchurch terrorist attack from three different perspectives
What is it about?
In 2019, a white-supremacist terrorist attacked a Mosque and Islamic centre in Christchurch, Aotearoa/New Zealand, and live-streamed their massacre online. The "Christchurch Call to Action Summit" (the Call) was a response to the event from a coalition of global governments and online service providers. This article explores the Call from three different perspectives: a national security perspective with a focus on online intelligence gathering and regulation; a digital media focus with emphasis on online harm and harassment; and a perspective grounded in studying liberal democracy. Our contrasting angles on the subject highlight the Call's successes and limitations, including areas that undermine its stated aims.
Why is it important?
The interplay between online culture and terrorism is a vital area of exploration, and the ways that both governments and massive internet companies influence the landscape is vitally important to understand. Beyond that, given that governments and massive corporations are already responding to terrorist violence through mechanisms like the Call, it's vital to understand whether its stated goals are achievable, desirable, or even internally consistent. As it is, our analysis reveals that the Call is currently most likely to shield social media platforms and other key players from their existing responsibilities in preventing insecurity and violence on and offline.
The following have contributed to this page: Dr Kevin Veale