Hate Speech Online: How to Find It, How to Counter It
Dr Iginio Gargliadone and Dr Jonathan Leader Maynard | Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Faculty of Law and Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC), Department of Politics and International Relations
Hate speech online is situated at the intersection of multiple tensions: it is the expression of conflicts between different groups within and across societies; it is a vivid example of how new technologies bring with them both opportunities and challenges; and it implies complex balancing between fundamental rights and principles, including freedom of expression and the defense of human dignity. Most alarmingly, hate speech has been linked to discrimination, ethnic and religious violence, and terrorist recruitment across the world. In our short presentation we suggest some new ways to understand this new and growing phenomenon, at the conceptual and at the practical level. And we challenge some of the recurrent assumptions around hate speech online, calling for greater understanding of both offenders and targets.
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