15 November 2022
By email: [FYI request #20983 email]
Tēnā koe Scott,
Official Information Act request
Thank you for your request under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) about Te
Mana Whakaatu—Classification Office’s Countering Violent Extremism team
strategy, which we received on 31 October 2022.
I would like to request a copy of the Countering Violent Extremism team
strategy for countering digital extremism and dangerous disinformation.
The strategy I am requesting is referred to in OFLC material published on
the Parliament website earlier this year:
“In mid-2020 the CVE drafted an integrated strategy for addressing digital
extremism and dangerous disinformation.” (Quote on page 4).
In responding to your request, we have weighed up the factors in the OIA,
including the purposes in section 4
and the principle of availability in section 5.
Response to your request
A draft document named ‘Digital Extremism and Dangerous Disinformation
Integrated Strategy’ is attached to this response. This document remains in draft
and is not public policy.
This document was prepared by the Classification Office’s Countering Violent
Extremism (CVE) team in 2020. In surveying the CVE landscape of Aotearoa, the
team recognised that a strategic framework would be needed to guide supportive
efforts behind core initiatives such as the Christchurch Cal . The team pulled
together several key areas of growth and opportunity including the role of
dangerous mis- and disinformation in radicalising potential extremists.
This approach has guided the CVE team’s outreach and education priorities. The
document has also informed the Office’s research output, including the Edge of the
report released in 2021.
The Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism Strategy
was released in June
2021. This document details how government undertakes its responsibility to keep
Aotearoa safe for all New Zealanders. The strategy sets out how agencies work
together to prevent terrorism and violent extremism of all kinds in New Zealand,
while ensuring the systems and capabilities are in place to act early and respond
when needed. The strategy includes a work programme that focuses on reducing
the threat of terrorism and violent extremism. A Strategic Framework for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism
developed by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. This framework
is set to be released at the end of 2022.
Publication of response
This response may be published on the Classification Office’s website.
If it is
published there, your personal information will be redacted.
Right of review
You have the right to make a complaint and seek a review by the Ombudsman of
this response under section 28(3) of the OIA.
Information about this process is
available at ombudsman.parliament.nz
or freephone 0800 802 602.
Thank you for your interest in our mahi.
Ngā mihi nui,
Te Mana Whakaatu—Classification Office