Cyberviolence series: Hate Speech and Restrictive Measures

26 Feb 2021 | Online

As proposed in the Council of Europe Cybercrime Convention Committee (T-CY) Mapping study on cyberviolence: “Cyberviolence is the use of computer systems to cause, facilitate, or threaten violence against individuals that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, psychological or economic harm or suffering and may include the exploitation of the individual’s circumstances, characteristics or vulnerabilities.”

This definition, although still being a work on progress, suggests an extreme breadth of topics that are covered by the concept of cyberviolence. Hate speech online, although identified as one of the forms of cyberviolence by the T-CY, still remains a controversial concept against the general background of the freedom of speech and free Internet.

At the same time, there is undoubtedly a need for action on hate speech online. Perhaps, very recent (January 2021) examples of alleged incitement to violence that led to physical assault on legislative institutions in the United States, causing unfortunate casualties, may be one of the potential examples of the breadth and impact of the problem.

The purpose of this webinar is to discuss current state of hate speech expressed through the use of information and communications technology, and to identify effective and balanced ways in which restrictive measures can address it.

The webinar is designed to encourage an interactive participation, and to facilitate information-sharing among participants, exchanging relevant experiences and good practices, and discussing challenges and opportunities.

This webinar is organized in the framework of joint European Union and Council of Europe CyberEast project aiming to support cyber resilience of the Eastern Partnership countries, together with CybersecurityEast project.

Friday, 26 February 2021 | 12:00pm CET

Registration and more information here