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Dangerous Speech and New Methods of Prevention

November 25, 2013
01:00PM - 02:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300
3620 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Categories: Seminar

Susan Benesch will describe ongoing research on a subset of hate speech, “dangerous speech,” that has a special capacity to catalyze violence. Her framework to identify such speech was adapted for use in the Umati project – in which Kenyan monitors scrubbed their country’s online spaces, for hate speech and dangerous speech. They assembled a remarkable dataset, which was used in new experiments to diminish the force (impact on audiences) of dangerous speech. The talk will include those, and similar approaches for use in other normative climates, including social networking platforms.

Susan Benesch, a Faculty Associate of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, teaches human rights at American University’s School of International Service. She also serves as Edith Everett Genocide Prevention Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. She founded the Dangerous Speech Project in 2010, to find new ways of preventing mass violence.