New powers will help remove access to certain content.

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InternetNZ has enacted an interim policy change in the wake of the Christchurch mosque attacks.

The organization has granted Domain Name Commission (the operator of New Zealand’s .NZ) the ability to take action against domain names after extraordinary events.

Domain Name Commission’s added powers will be limited to suspending, temporarily transferring or locking a domain name. All of these actions can easily be reversed if necessary.

The idea is to give the .NZ namespace’s manager the ability to make it harder to access objectionable content such as videos of the shooting.

InternetNZ notes that:

Under this interim policy change, the Commission’s actions will need to be proportionate to the harm in question, are temporary, must be made public as soon as possible and publicly reported.

More on InternetNZ’s decision is here.

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