Hate Crime & Speech

HATEDEMICS

We are pleased to announce our participation as partners in the HATEDEMICS project funded by the European Union CERV fund under Grant Agreement 101143249

What is Project “HATEDEMICS”?

“HATEDEMICS” – Hampering hate speech and disinformation through AI-based technologies to prevent and combat polarisation and the spread of racist, xenophobic, and intolerant speech and conspiracy theories”.
Start 1st April 2024
End 31st March 2026

Aim Of the Project

The aim of the project is to strengthen the preventive and reactive measures against hate speech and disinformation online. It aims to empower NGOs/CSOs, factcheckers, public authorities and youngsters as activists to effectively prevent and combat polarisation, the spread of racist, xenophobic and intolerant speech, as well as conspiracy theories.

Primary Objective of the Project

The project’s primary objective is to address online hate and fake news, with a specific emphasis on tackling the often overlooked and interrelated issues that intersect between hate speech and disinformation.

What we will do

We will raise awareness and improve skills and critical thinking by advancing AI-based technologies that:

1) monitor, detect and record hate speech and disinformation on social media.

2) estimate the ‘HATEDEMICS risk’ as the sum of the ‘hate speech and infodemics risks’, i.e. the online exposure to (potential) hate and misinformative messages

3) create dialogue-based counter-narratives that support professionals and activists and facilitate advanced reporting activities by implementing an effective human-in-the-loop approach, whereby automated suggestions are always validated by human operators, who always have the final say on the posted content.

4) automatically assess behavioural changes determined by the counter-narrative intervention. The combination of these technologies will allow for more focused and timely online interventions (i.e. advanced targeted search followed by relevant textual suggestions), resulting in a more efficient and effective professional and volunteer effort. This approach is based on maintaining fairness and balance and ensuring adherence to legal and ethical standards.

HATEDEMICS In Action

The project will:

Develop and validate in 4 Member States the HATEDEMICS Platform, a toolsuite that brings together the partners’ expertise gained in hate and disinformation preventing and countering.

Design and deploy interactive training and educational paths, informed by a commitment to EU values and rights

Raise awareness and foster the active participation of EU-27 citizens.

For more information about the project see www.hatedemics.eu

What Is A Hate Crime?

Hate crime is any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim, or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s race, colour, religion or belief, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, language, national or ethnic origin, citizenship or political belief or any other opinion.

Hate crime is made up of a combination of the following acts:

  • Verbal Insults
  • Violence and aggression
  • Inciting
  • Targeting

How To Report A Case Of Hate Crime?

When you encounter a case of hate crime/speech or any crime, you can report it to the police or the Victim Support Agency. When you report such a case with the Victim Support Agency, you need to provide the following:

  • A full screenshot of the post and comment. The screenshot should not be altered in any way
  • The URL link to the alleged offender’s Facebook profile & a screenshot of said profile.
  • The URL link & screenshot of where the post/comment were originally published.

Following the analysis following by the lawyer, an official complaint (kwarela) will be issued, should the report be found to be hate speech or hate crime the official complaint will be handled to the Police, and they will investigate from their end. Should the investigations result that a criminal act is committed the alleged offender will be arraigned to court and the persons reporting or victims will be called to act as witnesses. If a person is convicted of hate crime the perpetrator will be imprisoned between six and eighteen months and a fine could be issued.

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