The internet was intended to wrestle control of the methods of expression and communication from powerful gatekeepers, empowering everyone irrespective of power, influence or wealth to be able to speak out. So why has it become such an influential and effective tool to spread hate? Has it revealed a seam of hate that was always there or has it ennobled something new? While the internet did not invent hate, it has transformed how hate can be spread to users around the world in real-time, while also creating a nearly unwinnable situation for lawmakers, platforms and users.
This episode will look at the collision between tech and legislation when dealing with online hate speech, looking at Germany’s ambitious digital hate laws and tech’s dependence on Artificial Intelligence; explore the real-life impact of online hate through the use of facebook to target Rohingyas in Myanmar; dissect how platforms police speech and look at what happens when there are no moderators or gatekeepers, in the name of absolute free-speech.
The episode will also feature an interview with Stephen Blythe of Automattic who will discuss how he deals with take-down notices, harmful content and governs content on the platform, as well as what this means for free speech across the web.17:00 - 19:00