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Listen to the Classification Office Podcast

This page contains all the episodes of the Classification Office's podcast, talking about classification work and what we do.

Episode 6: Online Age Verification with Robin from Yoti

The office talked with Yoti, an organisation working in the online age verification world. They have created an app that gives you a safe and convenient way to prove your identity and credentials, online and in person. Click here to visit their website.

Episode 5: Hate Speech with Dr Kevin Veale

We asked Dr Kevin Veale from Massey University to come in and talk to us about hate speech and online harassment. At the Classification Office we often look at and classify social media content. The kind of content that comes through our door tends to be violence, sexual exploitation, hate speech, dangerous speech or a combination of all of these elements. Social media platforms make it easy to post hateful content without thinking about the consequences. Remember if you see something you know is out of line report it. Check out our website for more details. If you are experiencing online harassment or abuse check out the below links for support.



If you're interested in further reading about the topics in the podcast, you can read more about Facebook experimenting on peoplePillow Fort, and Awhaa.

Episode 4: Understanding Loot Boxes with Aaron Drummond and Jim Sauer

In our office we often receive enquiries and complaints from the public about loot boxes. But what are they, and why do people complain about them? What are the risks? In this podcast we speak to researchers Aaron Drummond and Jim Sauer, who are undertaking recent on what the long term effects of loot boxes are on their users. Please see our website for more information and further updates about loot boxes in our blogs.

Episode 3: Porn and Young People in NZ

The Classification Office conducts research and produces evidence-based resources to promote media literacy and enable New Zealanders to make informed choices about content they consume. In this podcast Chief Censor David Shanks and our research lead Henry talk about our research exploring young people’s experience and views about porn, and why it’s essential to listen to our rangatahi and tamariki when navigating this area. Check out our website for our porn research, our content analysis of pornhub and watch this space for the release of our next piece of research at the end of March.

Episode 2: Good Boys

At OFLC we try to engage with young people as much as possible, especially when considering decisions that directly affect them. Recently we invited some members of our Youth Advisory Panel to join the classification assessment of the film Good Boys. The comedy features young teenagers swearing copiously, and contains sexual humour. Although the film sounds confronting the sexual content is balanced by the film’s positive messages around consent, friendship and responsibility. In this podcast we talk to Emma and Julian, two members from the panel who joined us during the classification process, and they share their experience and thoughts on the process and decision. We also ask Shiyi, a Classification Advisor here, about their involvement with the decision. Check out our featured classification decision!

Episode 1: Loot boxes

At the Classification Office we often talk to young people about how we classify films and games, and lately loot boxes have featured large in the conversation! It’s tricky because in New Zealand loot boxes don’t constitute gambling. In this podcast we ask Callan, a 14 year old gamer from Onslow College, about what loot boxes are and how young people perceive them. We also ask Shiyi, a Classification Advisor here, about their potential harms, and how similar the mechanics are to gambling. Check out our blog for more information!

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