Cyber World and Hate Speech

With the transformation of the world into a global village, it is difficult to curtail freedom of expression. A global citizen can report, upload, comment, share or like anything from any part of the world. Cyberspace is both informational and interactive with tremendous autonomy. Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus and members of other religions all use media with varying degrees. Hate speech on cyber world, or speech designed to intimidate, oppress or incite hatred or violence against a person or group based on their race, religion, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, disability or other group characteristic, knows no boundaries of time or place. Due to the cyber world, incidents of blasphemy become known throughout the world in no time and can generate serious repercussion. All the search engines have hate speech policy and also mention how to report such content.  It seems as if majority users from developing countries are unaware of this aspect. The session focuses on the dynamics of cyber world and how it is related to freedom of expression or hate speech.

  • Cyber racism and freedom of expression
  • Political economy of the cyber world and blasphemy
  • Cyber identities and hate speech policy
  • Myth of internet neutrality
  • Cyber ethics: paradoxes, conformities and challenges
  • Religion in the cyber world