Launch of Online Hate Speech Report


Led by Dr Eugenia Siapera, the Hate Track project investigated online racist hate speech and developed a computational tool to track such contents on public Facebook pages and Twitter accounts. This FuJo project was carried out in DCU by Dr Eugenia Siapera and Elena Moreo.

To launch the final report, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission is hosting A More Social Media on November 28th in the Science Gallery. 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.

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.

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)
  • 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

To RSVP, please emai with the subject ‘A More Social Media’.