Hate speech and conspiracy narratives on the web increased considerably during the COVID-19 pandemic. How are these digital discourses structured and how do they spread? What role do racism and antisemitism play in this? And what strategies could help educate and serve to combat hate?
At the Digital Hate symposium, scholars, artists, activists and experts will discuss the ways hate speech and conspiracy theories are spread and together seek strategies to combat them. Participants will bring knowledge and perspectives from AI, political education, critical discourse analysis, anti-racist and anti-antisemitic struggles and artistic experiments into the conversation. For example, they will work with results from algorithmic text mining and machine learning processes. They will develop artistic interventions in AI and algorithms.
Program Sep 29
María do Mar Castro Varela & Helena Mihaljević
The Right to Provoke? Free Speech, Hate Speech and the Politics of Censorship
Nikita Dhawan, moderated by María do Mar Castro Varela
Right-wing Discourses Online and Offline
Ruth Wodak, Monika Hübscher, Kien Nghi Ha, Grischa Stanjek, moderated by Puneh Abdi
Right-wing discourses have increased all over the world in recent years, from India to Brazil, the USA and Europe. They are gaining, mobilizing and disseminating power at an enormous rate. The contributors discuss the narratives they spread and the dynamics they develop online and offline.
Digital Hate – The Role of Social Media and Digital Platforms
Sanam Roohi, Ricarda Drüeke, Matthias Becker, moderated by Yener Bayramoğlu
The “other” has always been seen as the embodiment of bacteria, viruses and filth. The spread of corresponding hateful images and discourse has increased during the Covid-19 pandemic. It cannot be understood in isolation from digital media. In the hateful discourses, what are the familiar continuities? What elements are new? What special role do social media and digital platforms play here?
Program Sep 30
Gendered Disinformation and Computational Propaganda in Brazil: a Permanent Campaign
Marie Santini, moderated by Helena Mihaljević
The Role of Algorithms: From Recommendation to Content Moderation
Stephanie Hankey, Anne Kaun, Leah Nann, Elisabeth Steffen, moderated by Milena Pustet
It’s hard to imagine digital platforms without the use of data-driven algorithms. Although the provision of personalized recommendations for videos or tweets enables navigation through the vast expanses of the Internet, it creates bubbles and echo chambers that often particularly promote toxic content. However, algorithms are also increasingly being used in the context of content moderation to automatically detect offensive content, which in turn uses human annotation directly or indirectly.
Artificial Intelligence in Art – A Strategy for Political Education
Marcus Roeper, Helena Mihaljević, Aslı Dinç, moderated by Elisabeth Steffen
Art makes it possible to look at things from a new perspective. Artists also intervene in discussions about data, algorithms and AI. They show how digital media, algorithms and AI can offer new possibilities for political education. The contributors talk about the interface between art, AI and political education and the potentials that accompany this specific approach.
Strong in the Fight against Hate on the Web – The Role of Civil Society
Stefanie Zacharias, Pia Lamberty, Chris Wagner, Sanchita Basu, moderated by Bahar Oghalai
Civil society organizations do important work to combat hate speech online. They monitor its spread and support people affected by hate speech on social media and beyond. What does this work mean? What are the specific requirements? Where is there a need for cooperation and what are the latest developments?