Thursday Jul 17, 2014
Beyond the physical war between Hamas and Israel and another war is raging. This other war is taking place in social media; it’s caught major players like Facebook unprepared, and its caused government officials around the world to quietly express concerns about vilification on social media potentially fuelling violence on the streets in places far removed from the zone of conflict.
In the Jewish Daily Forward, Jay Michaelson...
Thursday May 08, 2014
The Greek Neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn now has branches in Australia, and with the help of Social Media, they have connected with the Australian far-right party Australia First. Brought together through social media, the fascists stood side by side at a rally last week in the Australia city of Brisbane. The globalisation of the far-right, facilitated by social media, is deeply concerning.
A new briefing from the Online Hate Prevention...
Wednesday Dec 18, 2013
Freedom of speech is an important right, but it is not absolute. Like all other rights, it can at times clash with other fundamental rights. The balance struck between conflicting rights forms part of the fundamental nature of a society. Across the globe different balances have over time been struck, and occasionally adjusted.
Changes to the balance between freedom of expression and other rights are usually the result of dramatic events....
Tuesday Oct 29, 2013
On Sunday Australia's Race Discrimination Commissioner, Tim Soutphommasane, said the antisemitic attack in Sydney last Friday "appears to have developed from a verbal confrontation, and it is a reminder that racial vilification can escalate into racial violence."
Racism on the streets is becoming more acceptable as a result of the lax attitude to hate speech that has developed online and particularly in social media. It may only...
Monday Oct 14, 2013
Around 75 people attended a protest earlier today outside Facebook’s Offices in California. The protesters were demanding Facebook take positive action to stop the abuse of the Facebook system to spread Holocaust denial and antisemitism. The protest was called by Michael Mendelson out of growing frustration at the lack of positive responsiveness from Facebook to hundreds of reports of hate speech on the social media platform....