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Addressing and Countering Hate Speech and Violent…

25 June 2021

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Addressing and Countering Hate Speech and Violent Extremism through Education in a Digital World

Production Date: 
25 Jun 2021

Video Length

01:56:42

Asset Language: 
English

Summary: 
Side Event on the margins of the Second United Nations Counter-Terrorism Week organized by the UN Office on Counter-Terrorism.
Description: 
Side Event on the margins of the Second United Nations Counter-Terrorism Week organized by the UN Office on Counter-Terrorism.The joint UNESCO, OSAPG, OSRSG-VAC and UNOCT/UNCCT – in partnership with the Kingdoms of Jordan and Norway – side event, titled "From online hate to offline violence: addressing and countering hate speech and violent extremism through education in a digital world", will seek to unpack the challenges to counteract the "dark" side of the internet: that is the prevalence of hate speech and violent extremist content, as well as explore how we can address and counter, through education in a digital context, hate speech and violent extremism which can lead in the worst instances to atrocity crimes. Particular attention will be warranted to the role of children and youth, as actors of change in developing and promoting counter-narratives, peace, tolerance and respect for human rights; as well as emphasizing the need for greater investment in prevention efforts that are underpinned by gender transformative and human-rights based approaches.Addressing and Countering Hate Speech and Violent Extremism Through Education in a Digital World. We are witnessing an unprecedented 'digital revolution' that is making our world even more interconnected; creating infinite opportunities, but also baring new challenges. This 'digital revolution', among other things, has enabled the spread of hate speech and violent extremist narratives; easily, freely and anonymously, with an increasing amount of online hate transforming into offline violence. For many years, governments, researchers, civil society organizations, tech and social media companies and other key stakeholders have struggled to find ways to counteract the "dark" side of the internet: that is the prevalence of hate speech and violent extremist content.
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