How to deal with online harms? UNESCO Global Conference ‘Internet for Trust’

Digital platforms provide various opportunities for people to interact, communicate, engage, and learn. Nevertheless, they may also severely affect European values as equality, respect for human rights and democracy. If you follow UNESCO on social media and if you checked their accounts on Sunday, 19th of February, you could see a blank post. So, what […]

Facing hate speech with media literacy

On 18th of January 2023, the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) were hosting a webinar on the theme of Freedom of Expression in the Digital Environment. “While the digital era has presented opportunities for enhancing freedom of expression, new challenges have emerged. The spread […]

#EveryNameCounts: Arolsen Archives call for challenge against forgetting

In honor of International Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27th (the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp), the Arolsen Archives have launched a major participatory challenge under the hashtag #EveryNameCounts. The goal of the challenge was to digitize the names of 30,000 former prisoners from the Stutthof concentration camp as well as […]

Is Artificial Intelligence Governing Communication Online?

In our days we are witnessing a wide argumentation for and against several technological advancements and how they are deployed in societal domains and contexts. In the spotlight of debate we often find Artificial intelligence (AI) and its applications in the context of media and communication. Bots, voice assistants, automated (fake) news generation, content moderation […]

The potential of education in addressing hate speech

Freedom of speech is one of the cornerstones of democracy, but it also has its boundaries and limits (Gorenc, 2022). According to Jääskeläinen (2020), to maintain democracy, it is important to find a balance between freedom of speech and protecting other human rights by countering hate speech. Even though most countries in the EU regulate, […]

Hate speech and crime, local and regional authorities: what they can do?

On November 30th, 2022, at the European Committee of the Regions plenary session it has been emphasised the importance of playing a critical role, for local and regional authorities, in countering hate crime and hate speech, breaking down barriers to reporting incidents of hate crime, and preventing discrimination and exclusion. Regions and cities argue that […]

We CAN! Taking action against hate speech through counter and alternative narratives – a guide developed by Council of Europe

Council of Europe, within No Hate Speech Youth Campaign, developed the manual entitled – We CAN! Taking action against hate speech through counter and alternative narratives! This manual presents communicative and educational approaches and tools for youth and other human rights activists to develop their own counter and alternative narratives to hate speech and it […]

United Nations Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech 2019

The United Nations Strategy defines hate speech as: “any kind of communication in speech, writing or behaviour, that attacks or uses pejorative or discriminatory language with reference to a person or a group on the basis of who they are, in other words, based on their religion, ethnicity, nationality, race, colour, descent, gender or other […]

EU Code of Conduct against online hate speech: latest evaluation shows slowdown in progress

The European Commission released the results of its seventh evaluation of the Code of Conduct on countering illegal hate speech online. This year’s results unfortunately show a decrease in companies’ notice-and-action results: the number of notifications reviewed by the companies within 24 hours dropped as compared to the last two monitoring exercises, from 90.4% in 2020, […]