INACH Annual Conference 2017, Hate speech - the online threat to democracy
The International Network Against Cyber hate (INACH) is holding its annual conference on October 12, 2017, hosted by our member ZARA (Zivilcourage und Anti-Rassismus-Arbeit).
Internet, the current environment for human interaction, is under attack. Social media, but also blogs, forums and news providers are increasingly becoming the domain of haters, deniers, liars and other trolls, creating an atmosphere where "truth" is becoming fact-free, and opinions are the new truth.
Thus, the Internet is playing a major role in destabilizing democracies, while social media give haters great opportunities to push for their goals. Since there are only national laws in place to get at least illegal content removed, a lot of harmful and destabilizing content stays online or keeps circulating in other regions. We now need to examine where we all stand. How we see our own role as civil society, but also the role of governments, the role of "classic" media with all their online channels, and the Internet industry mitigating the deluge of hate that threatens to drown the Internet and severely impact on communication, democracy and freedom.
That is why we dedicate our annual conference 2017 in Vienna, Austria, to the topic of "Hate speech the online threat to democracy". We aim to find answers to the pressing questions and present key outcomes to the OSCE Chairmanship Conference on Internet Freedom on October 13th.
You are cordially invited to participate. You can find the program and registration form here. Take note that the deadline for registration is September 15!