On August 21, 2019, the third meeting of the National consultative working group on countering extremism was held at the Kazakhstan Institute for strategic studies under the President of Kazakhstan. The event was organized jointly with the non-governmental organization Search for Common Ground in Central Asia with the participation of representatives of government agencies, law enforcement agencies, research centers and educational institutions.
The main topic of the meeting was prevention and counteraction to extremism in the online space, conducting counter-propaganda work in social networks and the problem of informing citizens about the threats of terrorism and extremism on the Internet.
At the plenary session, the director of the Center for research of problems of religion of Nur-Sultan city Bauyrzhan Nurkenov told about the plans to reformat the work of the Center in the online space. In particular, a comprehensive audit of the functioning of the Center's pages in social networks will be conducted in the near future. The SMM (Social Media Marketing) Department created in the Center will allow using modern methods of interaction with the audience and receiving feedback.
The meeting was attended by the KazISS workers as well: the head of the Department of international studies Assel Nazarbetova and senior research fellow of the Department of international studies Anastassiya Reshetnyak.
The problematic aspects of online extremism prevention were identified during the discussion,. These include identifying the target audience and developing effective narratives, avoiding the use of hate speech, and the risks of stigmatizing certain groups.