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#Incite! Identifying and challenging online hate speech

30 September 2021 • 1:00 – 3:00 pm BST

Around the world hate speech, especially online hate speech, is on the rise. But it’s most dangerous in places riven by political insecurity and violence where religious minorities already suffer from discrimination. Social media storms can be whipped up and quickly lead to attacks on people and property and the systematic targeting of entire communities.

This online webinar is a rare chance to hear from experts on the ground in Pakistan and Iraq who are doing pioneering research identifying and tracking local expressions of hate speech targeting religious minorities using specialist software and working with young people and local journalists to counter it.

You will also hear from the BBC’s Disinformation Unit, and others in the tech industry who are tracking the latest ideas for tackling abuse and trolling online.


  • Minority Rights Group
  • Bytes for All (Pakistan)
  • Independent Media Organization in Kurdistan (Iraq)
  • KirkukNow (Iraq)
  • National/Catholic Commission for Justices & Peace (Pakistan)
  • BBC News
  • The Avast Foundation

When? Thursday 30 September, 1.30-3.00 UK time

Watch the trailer

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