Hate speech and its consequences for human rights online

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Session title

Hate speech and its consequences for human rights online

Session subject

An examination of how multi stakehoder internet governance does or does not take into account human rights online, specifically with regard to hate speech issues

Session description

The Internet has become a global space for creativity, communication and participation. Online, we can create, share and use media content in a variety of ways and with very little effort. This is even more the case on social networks, where we can upload, forward, comment or promote contents. Internet users, and young people in particular, have a right to perceive their online interactions as benefitting from the freedoms of expression and information. Consequently they should expect what is communicated online to be uncensored. However, reality tells us that the online world is also a space where the values of human rights are often ignored or violated. Among others, hate speech online has become a major form of human rights abuse, with very serious consequences for people, both online and offline. Young people are directly concerned as victims, targets, active and passive agents. But hate speech affects all of society. Hate speech as such is not a new human rights issue. However, its online dimension and the potential negative impact on democratic development give new reasons for concern. One of these reasons is that the online manifestation of hate speech is difficult to monitor, measure and counter.

A debate/discussion on the responsibilities of all stakeholders in the internet - users, governments, civil society, social network corporations, governments etc. in this regard. The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) will be presenting their findings related to cyber hate, including harassment and hate speech, from the latest FRA surveys: EU LGBT survey, survey of Jewish people’s experiences and perceptions of discrimination and hate crime in European Union Member States, and survey on gender-based violence against women. The surveys asked about offensive, threatening comments in person, sent by emails, sms and through social networking


  • Focal point: Bridget O’Loughlin, Council of Europe
  • Live moderator: Bridget O'Loughlin
  • Rapporteur: Mario Oetheimer
  • Remote participation moderator: Viktor Szabados, facilitator of the No Hate Speech Movement, IRPC board member, ICANN stakeholder
  • Digital facilitator: [[User:Sebastian|Sebastian Haselbeck], CoLab]
  • Panelists/speakers:
  • Satu Valtere, Finnish National Campaign co-ordinator of the No Hate Speech Movement
  • Maja Rakovic , Counsellor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Serbia (tbc)
  • Patricia Cartes, Twitter
  • Vida Beresneviciute, FRA
  • Steven Lockhart- Blogger, Activist
  • Andrej Bencel, National Campaign Co-ordinator Slovakia
  • Youth stakeholder, NHSM campaign online activist - tbd
  • Participants:

Sara Serrano Lattore - Blogger, Activist Igor Beciric, Member National Cmapaing Committee, Serbia

Format of this working group at EuroDIG


Protocol. Discussions

See Discussion page

Addiional notes (open collaborative Gdoc

Further reading

Consult our site: http://www.nohatespeechmovement.org/

Live stream / remote participation

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Live transcript

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Final report from working group

PDF (approx. 2 weeks after event)

Pictures from working group

Session twitter hashtag

Hashtag: #eurodig_ws8