Communication regarding online right-wing message boards

Adam Baheej Adada made this Freedom of Information request to Australian Federal Police

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Adam Baheej Adada

Dear Australian Federal Police,

I am writing to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

I am seeking any internal agency correspondence that contains any of the following phrases:
- 8chan
- 4chan
- /pol/
- Voag
- Gab
- Onion browser
- Tor browser

particularly in relation to alt-right or right-wing groups or individuals communicating online.

I also request that any fees related to this request be waived under public interest, given the media interest in this matter and that the response to this request will be published publicly online at the Right to Know website.

Yours faithfully,

Adam Baheej Adada

FOI, Australian Federal Police

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Good Morning,


I refer to your application dated 14 May 2019, in which you seek access to
documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the Act) as follows:


"I am seeking any internal agency correspondence that contains any of the
following phrases:

- 8chan

- 4chan

- /pol/

- Voag

- Gab

- Onion browser

- Tor browser


particularly in relation to alt-right or right-wing groups or individuals
communicating online."



Your request was received by this agency on 14 May 2019, and the 30 day
statutory period for processing your request commenced from that date. The
due date for your request is 13 June 2019.

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Dear Mr Adada

I refer to your request below. Section 15(2)(b) of the FOI Act states that a request provide sufficient information to enable an agency identify the relevant documents. Unfortunately, your request does not contain sufficient information to enable the AFP to identify and locate any documents. Accordingly, are you able to provide further information about the groups or individuals that are communicating online that might assist us with our searches?



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