A More Social Media: Human Rights and Equality in the Digital Public Sphere


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9:30 am - 12:45 pm


Science Gallery


Social media facilitates the rapid spread of ideas online, and hate speech is no exception. Protecting human rights and equality in the digital arena is an increasingly urgent challenge for our society and democracy. The potential for intolerance online to shape politics and public debate offline is becoming one of the hallmarks of the digital age. The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, as Ireland’s national human rights and equality body, is bringing together international experts and commentators from the worlds of law, media, academia and the tech sector to understand the nature of online hate speech, and how to tackle it.

Dr Eugenia Siapera, FuJo Deputy Director, and Elena Moreo will present the final report from the Hate Track project on online hate speech.

09:30 Registration

10:00 Welcome Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner, Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

10:15 Keynote Address Dr Tarlarch McGonagle, Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam

11: 00 HateTrack: Toxic Speech in the Digital Public Sphere Dr Eugenia Siapera, School of Journalism, School of Communications, Dublin City University

11:20 Panel Discussion Dr Sindy Joyce, University of Limerick; Emma Dabiri, Social Historian & Broadcaster (BBC Radio 4, Channel 4), Columnist (Dublin Inquirer); Siobhán Cummiskey, Head of Content Policy for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Facebook; Chara Bakalis, Principal Lecturer in Law at the School of Law, Oxford Brookes University. Moderator: Hugh Linehan – Arts and Culture Editor and Inside Politics Presenter, Irish Times

12:30 Closing comments Dr Gavan Titley, Senior Lecturer in Media Studies, Maynooth University

Organised by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, this event is for individuals or organisations working in the technology sector, in public policy, and for civil society organisations, legal practitioners and academics working on the issues of racism, interculturalism and digital rights.

Please RSVP emailing rsvp@ihrec.ie with the subject ‘A More Social Media’.