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Former Prime Minister of New Zealand and special envoy for the Christchurch Appeal Jacinda Ardern arrives at the 5th Christchurch Appeal Summit, co-chaired by her and French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on Nov. 10, 2023.

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Call to crack down on terrorist content

After a gunman murdered 51 people in a New Zealand mosque in 2019, streaming the massacre on social media, then-Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron brought government leaders and technology companies together, asking them to crack down on online extremism. Now, AI companies are getting in on the act.
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How tech companies aim to make AI more ethical and responsible
How tech companies aim to make AI more ethical and responsible | Global Stage | GZERO Media

How tech companies aim to make AI more ethical and responsible

Artificial intelligence’s immense potential power raises significant questions over its safety. Large language models, a kind of AI like Microsoft’s Bard or OpenAI’s ChatGPT, in particular, run the risk of providing potentially dangerous information.

Should someone, say, ask for instructions to build a bomb, or advice on harming themselves, it would be better that AI not answer the question at all. Instead, says Microsoft Vice Chair and President Brad Smith in a recent Global Stage livestream, from the sidelines of the 78th UN General Assembly, tech companies need to build in guardrails that will direct users toward counseling, or explain why they can’t answer.

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Hearing the Christchurch Call
Hearing the Christchurch Call | Global Stage | GZERO Media

Hearing the Christchurch Call

After a terrorist attack on a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, was live-streamed on the internet in 2019, the Christchurch Call was launched to counter the increasing weaponization of the internet and to ensure that emerging tech is harnessed for good.

Since its inception, the Christchurch Call has evolved to include more than 120 government and private sector stakeholders. The organization, pioneered by the French and New Zealand governments, will hold its next major summit at the Paris Peace Forum in November.

Dame Jacinda Ardern, former Prime Minister of New Zealand who led the response to the Christchurch attack; Ian Bremmer, president and founder of Eurasia Group and GZERO Media; and Brad Smith, vice chair and president of Microsoft sat down with CNN’s Rahel Solomon for a Global Stage livestream on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. The event was hosted by GZERO Media in partnership with Microsoft.

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Watch our livestream from the UN General Assembly

WATCH LIVE: A deadly terrorist attack in New Zealand was livestreamed in 2019, horrifying the world. The result was an international movement to end extremism and hate online. Join us live today at 11 am ET to learn about the Christchurch Call to Action, how it can create a safer and more secure world, and what global collaboration will look like in the AI era.

CNN's Rahel Solomon will moderate our livestream conversation during the 78th UN General Assembly, with Dame Jacinda Ardern, former prime minister of New Zealand and Special Envoy for the Christchurch Call; Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group and GZERO Media; and Brad Smith, Vice Chair and President, Microsoft.

Hearing the Christchurch Call: Collaboration in the Age of AI

Wednesday, September 20th | 11:00 am -12:00 pm ET

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Report into New Zealand mosque attack focus on Islamist terror risks, firearms licensing

December 08, 2020 9:09 AM

There were no failings within government agencies that would have alerted them to the imminent attack.

New Zealand mosque shooter arrives in Christchurch for sentencing

August 23, 2020 6:51 PM

SYDNEY (REUTERS) - The suspected white supremacist who killed 51 Muslim worshippers last year, a massacre that prompted a global campaign to stamp out online hate, arrived in Christchurch on Sunday (Aug 23) ahead of sentencing hearings.

New Zealand mosque shooter sentencing begins on Aug 24

July 03, 2020 10:09 AM

WELLINGTON (REUTERS) - The sentencing hearing for an Australian man accused of killing 51 Muslim worshippers in New Zealand's worst mass shooting has been set to begin on Aug 24, the court said on Friday (July 3).

New Zealand media sets rules for mosque shooting trial

May 02, 2019 5:00 AM

WELLINGTON • New Zealand's major media outlets have vowed to prevent the man charged with the Christchurch mosque shooting from using his trial as a platform for extremist propaganda.

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