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Understanding and Mitigating Online Hate Speech and Youth Radicalisation

by Prasad Krishna last modified Oct 01, 2015 01:59 AM
The tenth annual IGF meeting will be held in João Pessoa, Brazil, on November 10 - 13, 2015. IGF's MAG has decided to retain the title “Evolution of Internet Governance: Empowering Sustainable Development” as the overarching theme. UNESCO as part of the IGF event is organizing a workshop on hate speech and youth radicalisation. Sunil Abraham will be a panelist for this workshop.

Co-organizers: Council of Europe, Oxford University; OHCHR, Google, ISOC


From socializing and entertainment to homework, the Internet is an essential part of life for young people today, opening vast new opportunities for connecting and learning. At the same time, the Internet provides violent extremists with powerful tools to propagate hatred and violence and to identify and groom potential recruits, creating global online communities that promote radicalization.

The emergence and diffusion of hate speech online is a new and fast evolving phenomenon and collective efforts are needed to understand its significance and consequences, as well as to develop effective responses.

UNESCO takes this session to share the initial outcome from its commissioned research on online hate speech including practical recommendations on combating against online hate speech through understanding the challenges, mobilizing civil society, lobbying private sectors and intermediaries and educating individuals with Media and Information Literacy. In related to this, the workshop would also discuss how to help empower youth to address online radicalization and extremism, and realize their aspirations to contribute to a more peaceful and sustainable world.

  • Chaired by Ms Lidia Brito, Director for UNESCO Office in Montevideo
  • Frank La Rue, Former Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression
  • Lillian Nalwoga, President ISOC Uganda and rep CIPESA, Technical community
  • Bridget O’Loughlin, CoE, IGO
  • Gabrielle Guillemin, Article 19
  • Iyad Kallas, Radio Souriali
  • Sunil Abraham executive director of Center for Internet and Society, Bangalore, India
  • Eve Salomon, global Chairman of the Regulatory Board of RICS (the self-regulatory body for surveyors)
  • Javier Lesaca Esquiroz, University of Navarra
  • Representative GNI
  • Remote Moderator: Xianhong Hu, UNESCO
  • Rapporteur: Guilherme Canela De Souza Godoi, UNESCO

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