Online series: Decoding Hate Speech

The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) and Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC) are organizing "Decoding Hate Speech", a series of four high-level online conversations bringing together leading voices to discuss the linkages between hate speech, technology and atrocity prevention.

The series aims to increase the understanding of and raise awareness about online hate speech within the atrocity prevention community and beyond in the lead up to GAAMAC IV, a global meeting taking place in November 2021 which will address hate speech, incitement and discrimination.

Discover the 12 main takeaways of the series in this report or watch the series online!

1 - Hate speech: an overview

Tuesday 1 September 2020 - 09.00 am EST - 15.00 CET | Online

This first panel set the stage for and aimed to reach a common understanding of the concept of "hate speech". It gave participants a solid overview and contextualized the following participatory discussions. More information here. 

2 - Technology and hate speech: foe or friend?

Thursday 8 October 2020 - 9.00am EST - 15.00 CET | Online

The second session of the “Decoding Hate Speech” series addressed the complexity of this social media phenomenon with an informed and multi-partied approach to prevent the harmful effects of Big Tech on human rights, and developed strategies to make technologies work for the benefit of our societies. More information here.

3 - The Rohingya crisis in Myanmar: a genocide incited on Facebook

Wednesday 11 November 2020 - 9.00am EST - 15.00 CET | Online

The third session of the “Decoding Hate Speech” series focused on the weaponization of social media in Myanmar as a case study for online hate speech escalating to offline violence. More information here.

4 - Mobilizing the community to action

Wednesday 16 December 2020 - 9.00am EST - 15.00 CET | Online

The fourth and last session of "Decoding Hate Speech" looked at the concrete steps that can be taken by the atrocity prevention community to address this complex and ever-changing challenge. More information here.