An exciting joint project has been formed between the University of Utrecht (HU), the Slovak-based NGO, PDCS, the artificial intelligence start-up, Textgain, and the Dare to be Grey group working to combat polarisation. Together, as EOOH - the European Observatory of Online Hate they are conducting a two-year investigation and reporting on the fundamental nature of the dynamics of online hate, how hate manifests itself, the connections between the perpetrators and their influence as well as disinformation strategies. This investigation will involve collaborative development of a monitoring tool, using cutting edge AI developed by Textgain.
While the tool is being developed, you can already find plenty of relevant and timely content on the EOOH website related to online disinformation and hate speech.
Here are some examples that we would especially like to recommend to you:
History and divisions between Ukraine & Russia - Podcast
A discussion with Elsa Court, whose research focuses on the political and sociological transformation of post-2014 Ukraine. The conversation aims to shed some light on the history between Ukraine and Russia, and the divisions between the two countries.
Culture Wars: The current online battle to #CancelRussianCulture
A collection of different reactions to the war from the cultural sector and the sanctioning of Russian culture - from classical ballet to rap.
Freedom of speech versus freedom of reach
An interview with Wolf J. Schünemann, German political scientist, with interesting takes on the societal struggle of regulating hate speech and disinformation in the online world, the tension between democracy and free speech.
How Eriksen’s collapse at EURO 2020 pushed anti-vax narratives into the mainstream
A case study on how the false information spreads thanks to propagandists and conspiracy theorists.
Just by looking at the pieces above, they immediately caught our attention.
Let’s keep an eye on them! It's definitely worth your while.