From hate speech to good speech: moderating online content in a free society
Wednesday July 8, 2020 - 1 PM EDT / 6pm BST
Our panelists are:
Jason Stanley, Professor of Philosophy at Yale University, author of How Fascim Works and How Propaganda Works, he writes about authoritarianism, propaganda, free speech, mass incarceration, and other topics for The New York Times and The Washington Post, among other publications.
Priscilla Ruiz, Legal Coordinator for Digital Rights of Article 19 Mexico, a global NGO that has the objective of protecting freedom of speech and the right to information.
Imran Ahmed, CEO and founder of the Centre for Countering Digital Hate in the UK, he is an expert in online malignant behaviour, including identity-based hate, misinformation, extremism, fake news, trolling and social media.
Dr. Murtaza Shaikh, Co-Director of think tank, Averroes and author of forthcoming publication on 'Incitement to Relgious Hatred and Islamophobia under UK and International Law'.
Online platforms have become crucial for the exercise of freedom of speech. But just as they have created spaces that encourage the pursuit of truth and that are respectful of democratic values, they have also enabled the proliferation of hate speech. While hate speech is undesirable in a good society, dealing with it is not an easy task if we believe that a good society should also be a society that values freedom of speech. Hate can be used to chill speech, but policies intended to get rid of this content can end up having the same effect.
On July 22, we will host a discussion on the problem of hate speech online. How is the right to free speech limited by other human rights? What responsibilities do social media platforms have in protecting free speech and other human rights of their users? How should governments, internet platforms and society address this issue in a way that ensures the remedy is not worse than the problem?