A Report by the Workshop
Over recent years a growing body of international research has looked at the impact of digital media on democracy, with particular focus on the US and the UK, where the role played by digital media in the election of Trump and the Brexit referendum raised significant concerns.
In the wake of the Christchurch mosque attacks a new global momentum has emerged around the role that social media has played in the spread of violent extremism and terrorism, and what can be done to stop it. The New Zealand government has, rightly, stepped up to play a leadership role in that work.
What we need right now is a clear analysis of the wider structural and systemic issues that underpin the immediate moderation challenge and a solid proposal of regulatory and other changes that are needed to tackle those bigger issues. That requires placing the current public debate on the role of digital media in fostering and spreading hate into a wider context of the regulatory and structural changes needed to revive and restore the key features of a healthy and peaceful democracy in our country, and around the world.
Our intention is that this research will help frame, inform and support those efforts.
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