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New Zealand joins international talks on cyber and online threats

The New Zealand Minister of Justice and Minister Responsible for NZSIS and GCSB Andrew Little and Attorney-General David Parker are participants to three days of international talks in London.

The Five Country Ministerial focus

The international talks are focused on cyber and online threats as well as border and international security issues.

According to a recent press release, the annual Five Country Ministerial brings together the national security and border security ministers from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States to discuss common national security issues.

A round table with significant players in the digital industry is included in the talks.

Minister Andrew Little shared that the Coalition Government is doing its part, alongside longstanding international partners, to ensure the safety and security of New Zealanders across all areas of national security policy.

He added that the importance of this work has been tragically highlighted by the horrific terrorist attacks in Christchurch.

The talks focus on cyber and online threats, emerging technologies, border protection and asylum issues, countering foreign interference, and countering online child sexual exploitation and abuse.

The Christchurch Call

The Christchurch Call was the first step towards a shared goal of eliminating terrorist and violent extremist content online.

OpenGov Asia earlier reported on New Zealand and France to end online extremism.

The Christchurch Call presents an act of unity between government and tech companies.

It was led by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron in May, which saw a group of world leaders and tech companies adopt a pledge that seeks to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online to reduce the harm this content can cause.

Attorney-General David Parker will join the second day of the FCM and take part in Quintet of Attorneys-General meetings to discuss national security issues from a legal perspective.

He explained that the world’s security environment continues to change quickly and it is essential that all will work together to ensure a peaceful and secure world for the citizens.

One stop shop website for emergencies

In other news, the Get Ready website was recently released in order to make preparations for emergencies easier.

Minister of Civil Defence Hon Peeni Henare explained that the Get Ready website will provide a one-stop shop for Kiwis to get prepared for any emergency, learn about their hazards, and find out how to get involved.

Get Ready brings together four separate public education websites to provide an emergency preparedness ‘one stop shop’ for Kiwis.

In combining four websites into one, the new website will also save money by reducing operating costs.

It has been developed by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management as part of its public education programme promoting emergency preparedness to New Zealanders.

The website meets latest accessibility standards, includes Te Reo, New Zealand Sign Language and multilingual resources, and is mobile optimised so you can get ready on the run.

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