Together with the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG), the HBI invites you to an online panel from 2 to 3 p.m. An expert panel with platform researcher Prof. Dr. Matthias C. Kettemann
, HateAid Managing Director Josephine Ballon and Dr. Nils Friedrichs, researcher on anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic attitudes in society, will classify the phenomenon of hate speech on the internet and provide practical recommendations for action in the current context. The event will be moderated by Katharina Mosene
The event will be held in German. Prior registration is required
. You will receive the login details for the Zoom event afterwards. Questions to the panel can be submitted before and during the event via Slido.
ONLINE PANEL I War in the Middle East: Dealing with Hate Speech on the Internet
Wednesday, 22 November 2023 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (CET)
Online | Closed Zoom room
Q&A before and during the panel: Twitter | Slido
A "war of images" on a possibly completely new scale transports the suffering of civilians and the atrocities of the terrorist organization Hamas into our digitalized everyday lives. This algorithmic warfare not only makes strategic use of the attention-based business models of platforms, but also promotes the spillover of war into our society - in the form of hate comments, prejudiced discourse and politicized lies/disinformation in images, sound, and words. Violent content and emotionalizing comments generate a high number of interactions, polarizing voices are pushed, and the debate is distorted. Those who want to be objective lose. But does it have to be like this? What can we do, what can politicians do? And what steps should platforms take?
Matthias C. Kettemann is Professor of Innovation, Theory and Philosophy of Law at the Department of Legal Theory and Future of Law at the University of Innsbruck. He also heads the research program "Regulatory Structures and the Emergence of Rules in Online Spaces
" at the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut. His team focuses on the rules under which new forums and practices of social understanding and self-assurance come into being in digital communication spaces and especially in social networks. He is also an associated researcher at the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG), where he heads the research group "Global Constitutionalism and the Internet" and the research project "International Law of the Internet."
Josephine Ballon is a lawyer and Executive Director of HateAid, where she works to improve the legal framework and access to justice for victims of digital violence who are largely unprotected from violations of their rights. Ms. Ballon has been invited several times as an expert to the Digital Agenda Committee of the German Bundestag and the European Parliament, among others, to comment on legislative proposals for the prosecution of online hate crimes, gender-based online violence and platform regulation.
Dr. Nils Friedrichs is a research associate and deputy head of the annual reports department at the Expert Council on Integration and Migration, an independent scientific policy advisory body set up by the German government. He is the author of numerous papers and studies on anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic attitudes in Germany and completed his doctorate at the Cluster of Excellence "Religion and Politics" at the University of Münster on the influence of religiosity on the perception of religious diversity in Germany. He was also a project manager and consultant at the market research company BauInfoConsult and a senior employee at the educational institution Weststadt Akademie in the field of refugee integration.