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Can we win the war against hate? Tackling online hate and extremism after Christchurch

29 maggio 2019 alle 11:30
Presso l'Aula Beta, via Celoria 18
Speaker: Dr Andre Oboler, La Trobe University, Australia
Presona di riferimento: Sara Foresti


There are renewed calls to regulate social media companies in an efforts to tackle online hate and extremism following the terrorist attack by an Australian white supremacist in New Zealand on March 15th 2019. The New Zealand Prime Minister has said platforms are 'publishers not postmen' and therefore culpable, while the Australian Prime Minister has called for greater artificial intelligence solutions to address the threat. The Australian parliament has rapidly passed new laws creating criminal offences for technology companies in light of the tragedy.
This talk will look at the online element of the Christchurch attack and the response on Facebook by the far right and their followers. The online hate spread during four other incidents will also be examined: the 2014 Martin Place siege, 2017 Bourke street attack, the 2018 Flinders Street attack, the 2018 Bourke Street attack. The wider problem of online hate will be introduced with an overview of developments that have changed or tried to chance the way major social media platforms address the problem. The issues of reporting and monitoring by experts, platform staff and artificial intelligence, and the limits of these approaches will be considered. The cultural, ethical and legal challenges in responding will be discussed.

Bio sketch

Dr Andre Oboler is CEO of the Online Hate Prevention Institute and a Senior Lecturer in the La Trobe Law School. He has been researching, responding and raising the problem of online hate in social media since 2007. He serves as an expert member of the Australian Government's delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, a member of the IEEE's Global Public Policy Committee, and as Vice Chair for Geographic Activities of the IEEE Computer Society's MGA Board. He previously served as a co-chair of the Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism and co-chair of its working group on antisemitism on the internet and in the media, as an expert member of the Interparliamentry Coalition to Combat Antisemitism and as Vice Chair of the IEEE Australia Council.
Oboler's work on online racism against Indigenous Australians has been used by UNESCO and his work on online Islamophobia has been used by the United Nations Human Rights Council and praised by the UK's All-Party Parliamentary Committee into British Muslims and used by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. He holds a PhD in computer science from Lancaster University (UK), an honours degree in computer science and LLM(Juris Doctor) from Monash University, and completed a Post Doctoral Fellowship in Political Science at Bar-Ilan University (Israel).

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