Harmful online content – including hate speech, false news, cyberbullying, and inflammatory rumors – can spread quickly and reach millions. Though these points are well-documented, what is less known by researchers, tech practitioners and policy makers is how individuals and groups living in conflict settings respond to harmful content online.
The NGO Search for Common Ground aimed to address this knowledge gap by exploring the experiences of social media users in seven countries, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, Tanzania, Myanmar, and Kyrgyzstan. The study revealed a wide range of social media tactics used by individuals and groups in close proximity to violent conflict. Although responses vary, the majority of participants indicated that they want to feel a sense of ownership and agency when tackling harmful content online. This webinar will summarize the key findings from the report and share recommendations for practitioners at the intersection of tech and peacebuilding.
The webinar will take place online at 10am EDT/4pm CET.
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As part of the implementation of the United Nations Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate speech, UNESCO and the UN Office on the Prevention of Genocide and the Responsibility to Protect will convene the "Global Multi-stakeholder Forum on addressing hate speech through education" on 30 September and 1 October 2021. The Forum will serve to provide inputs for the upcoming "Global Education Ministers Conference on addressing hate speech through education" due to take place on 26 October 2021.
On Friday 1 October at 1:30PM (UTC +1), GAAMAC Chair Judge Silvia Fernandez will take part to the panel: "From hate speech to genocide: what is the role of education in the prevention of atrocity crimes?"
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The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University will award GAAMAC Chair, Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, with the 2020 Inamori Ethics Prize. The Prize honors outstanding international leaders whoseactions and influences have greatly improved the conditions of humankind.
On 23 September at 12:45 PM EDT, Judge Fernández will take part in a panel discussion, along with Prof. Michael Scharf and Prof. Jessica Wolfendale, with Prof. Shannon E. French moderating.
On 24 September at 6PM EDT, Judge Fernández will receive the Prize and give her Recipient Lecture.
Both events will be livestreamed. Details and registration here.
This event is organized by Alliance for Peacebuilding's Digital Peacebuilding Community of Practice. Creative Development Lab at Creative Associates International will present on its work on disinformation prevention and detection across West Africa, its findings from focus groups of practitioners, and its new approach to disinformation programming.