Digital violent extremism intelligence reports, research and other documents

Sebastian made this Official Information request to Department of Internal Affairs

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From: Sebastian

Dear Department of Internal Affairs,

In regards to the OIA request I made to your agency which recently received your response by email, I would like to make a request for copies of some of the documents you referred to:

I would like to request copies of the following reports produced for DIA by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue:

1) Storming of the US Capitol Building on 06 January 2021
2) Dominant Covid-19 Narratives Among New Zealand Extremists and Conspiracy Theorists
3) Two Years On: understanding the Resonance of the Christchurch Attack among Online Extremists
4) Gender in the New Zealand Online Ecosystem
5) QAnon in New Zealand
6) 1080 and Online Extremism in New Zealand
7) Gun Amnesty Discussions among New Zealand Extremists Online
8) New Zealand Extremism Quarterly report 1st April 2021 – 30th June 2021

These Department Intelligence Briefs:

1) United States Presidential Inauguration 2021 (21 January 2021)
2) Operation Christchurch (16 March 2021)
3) Lynn Mall Violent Extremist Attack (5 September 2021)

And these other documents:

1) Online scanning guide (21 July 2021)
2) Classifications process (15 February 2021)
3) Managing content translation (13 April 2021)
4) Legal services (18 February 2021)

Yours faithfully,

Sebastian

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Tçnâ koe Sebastian,

Thank you for your OIA request to the Department of Internal Affairs (included with this email)

The Department will provide its response to your request as soon as practicable and within twenty working days. The 20th working day is 15 December 2021

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Nâku, nâ

Michelle Reed (she/her)  
Kaitohutohu Ârahi, te Ture Pârongo Ôkawa | Lead Advisor Official Correspondence 
Te Urûngi | Organisational Strategy & Performance
Level 6, 45 Pipitea St | PO Box 805, Wellington 6140, New Zealand |  www.dia.govt.nz

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Kia ora Sebastian

 

Please find attached a letter in regard to your OIA request from the
Department of Internal Affairs.

 

Ngā mihi

 

Caleb Smith | Senior Business Advisor

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Toi Hiranga | Regulation & Policy

Department of Internal Affairs | Te Tari Taiwhenua
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Kia ora Sebastian

 

Please find attached a letter from the Department of Internal Affairs in
regards to your OIA request, and  a PDF file containing documents being
released to you.

 

Ngā mihi

 

Caleb Smith | Senior Business Advisor

Regulatory Services

Toi Hiranga | Regulation & Policy

Department of Internal Affairs | Te Tari Taiwhenua
45 Pipitea Street, Wellington
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From: Sebastian

Dear Caleb Smith,

I'm surprised and disappointed to find that you have decided to withhold most of what I asked for, and I don't believe this could be justified under the OIA.

The ISD reports are the products of a research organisation, not a law inforcement or national security agency. I don't see how anything they could produce for DIA could threaten security or the maintenance of the law were it to be published. I also note that one previous ISD report commissioned by DIA, "Understanding the New Zealand Online Extremist Ecosystem," was realsed in full to the public. In terms of the OIA, how is this report so different to the ones I requested?

I have to conclude from your response that DIA has not figured out how to deal appropriately with OIA requests for the products of the Digital Violent Extremism team, and has wrongly decided that total secrecy is justified, contrary to how other agencies like Police deal with these kinds of requests. I am hopeful that my complaint to the Ombudsman about your response will lead to the release of these documents, and an improvement in the DIA's culture around these sort of requests in future.

Yours sincerely,

Sebastian

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