Hate Speech

Police Chiefs Prepare For An Increase In Violence Sparked By Triggering Article 50

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Politics

Police chiefs are preparing for a spike in hate crime after Brexit is formally triggered by Theresa May this spring. The National Police Chiefs’ Cou...

Online Hate Speech - Why Words Do Matter

Roanna Carleton-Taylor | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Tech
Roanna Carleton-Taylor

Over time, online hate speech moves the boundaries of what is considered acceptable. Readers become desensitised to the words and images they are exposed to day in and day out. Hate speech posters need to evolve to post increasingly more shocking posts to maintain their ability to create an impact.

Piers Morgan Trolls Internet Over His Ties With Donald Trump

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK

Piers Morgan has trolled the internet by celebrating his ties with president-elect Donald Trump, a day before the Republican’s inauguration. The Goo...

Anthony Joshua Fans Floor Trolls Who Abused Boxer Over Mosque Picture

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK

Fans of Anthony Joshua have sprung to his defence after trolls launched a “sickening” anti-Muslim attack on the boxing world champion for uploadin...

Post-truth: What Are The Legal Implications?

Robert Conway | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Politics
Robert Conway

In December 2016, the Met's anti-cyber crime unit arrested a 55 year-old man on suspicion of "racially aggravated malicious communications" aimed at G...

Amber Rudd And 'Confirmation Bias'

Chris Tavner | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Politics
Chris Tavner

Confirmation bias is the tendency to interpret information in such a way as to back up your existing beliefs. We see this all the time online.

Amber Rudd's 'Name-And-Shame' Foreign Workers Speech Recorded As 'Hate Incident'

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK

Amber Rudd’s suggestion that companies compile lists of foreign workers has been recorded as a “hate incident” by police - but the university pr...

The Myth Of The Millenial Snowflakes

James Woods | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
James Woods

The drugs, the appointments, the mental health problems, the suicidal thoughts that I have to face on the regular in my day to day life as I still push on with my life shows much more resilience and strength than all of the over-40s snowflake internet Twitter troll club have put together and that goes for my fellow sufferers and fighters too.

LGBT+ Organisations Launch Campaign Against Twitter's 'Ineffectual' Response To Hate Speech

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Tech

A group of LGBT+ organisations and personalities are today launching a campaign against Twitter’s handling of hate speech on its platform. The campa...

Google Director’s Vow Over Tackling Illegal Content

Press Association | Oscar Williams | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK Tech

A Google director has said the internet giant has more to do to tackle illegal content, but urged people to make their own judgments should they encou...

The Power Of Words

Sarah Ismail | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Ismail

The language lover in me was very upset at the idea of a positive word being turned upside down, at least in the eyes of many benefit claimants. Sadly, as a person who has been disabled since birth, this is not the first time I've seen positive, or harmless, words used to mean something negative

In The Online War On Terror, How Do We Protect Digital Freedoms?

Philip Ellis | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Tech
Philip Ellis

In a bid to stem the tide of digital radicalisation by terrorist groups such as Islamic State, the European Parliament has approved plans for new legislation which will allow rapid and widespread removal of extremist content from the internet. Digital rights activists are up in arms over the decision, which they fear will lead to private organisations policing and censoring internet users with impunity.

Liberty: In Name Only

Jacob Daniels | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jacob Daniels

Freedom of speech and freedom of expression, these are things that we take for granted here in the UK. However, upon closer inspection the façade of ...

Abuse In Politics Threatens Everything We Stand For

Richard Burden | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

Weaponising allegations of abuse by opponents (or allegations of purges in response) may not be the same as weaponising the abuse itself but it is also unlikely to help. Insults are never an acceptable substitute for political argument, from whichever direction they come. Abuse in politics disfigures us all and it threatens us all.

Assessing the UK Government's Plan for Tackling Hate Crime in the Wake of the Japan Knife Attack

Dr. Alexander Brown | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK
Dr. Alexander Brown

On Tuesday, 26 July, the government published its long awaited plan for addressing the problem of hate crime, Action Against Hate: The UK Government's Plan for Tackling Hate Crime. And, once again, disability hate speech has been put to the back of queue.

Why Are We Tolerating This Language From An MP? Sorry Will Not Do.

Shazia Awan | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Politics
Shazia Awan

At a time when I have personally been urging members of the public to report unpleasant and offensive post-Brexit rhetoric to the police - with the racial hatred and xenophobia spreading across the UK, hearing these words normalised by a elected Member of Parliament is truly is a disaster for community cohesion in all parts of Britain.

Political Experiments, Divisive Narratives: How Brexit Jolted Memories of Soviet Collapse

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

The morning after the UK referendum, on 24 June, I woke up feeling a strong sense of déjà-vu: that I had seen and gone through it all before, around...

Let's Fight Hate With Compassion, Not With More Hate.

Jonathan Young | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Young

I had barely heard of Jo Cox when the news emerged of her death last Thursday. But watching the tributes pour in, I felt a deep sense of loss. The l...

Cleric Who Made Gay Death Sentence Comments Leaves Australia Before Visa Cancelled

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK

An Islamic cleric who reportedly claimed that “death is the sentence” for gay sex acts in public has left Australia before his visa was cancelled....

To Young People Consumed By Orlando: Let It Inspire Hope, Not Fear

Jamie Wareham | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jamie Wareham

For many young people, Orlando will be the largest attack on LGBT people that has happened in their lifetime. It certainly is for me. As with many, I may have been alive in 1999 when the gay bar in London the Admiral Duncan was nail-bombed, killing three and injuring 70 - but I didn't watch the news when I was 7, so it doesn't sit in my mindset like Orlando does.

People With Disabilities, Transgendered Identities and Women Still Fair Game for Hate Speech Online

Dr. Alexander Brown | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK
Dr. Alexander Brown

UK incitement to hatred law offers similarly piecemeal protections, covering only race, religion, and sexual orientation.

#istandwithhatespeech Trended Today But It's Not As Bad As You Think - Mostly

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK

#IStandWithHateSpeech Trends On Twitter In Fiery Debate Over Free Speech If you logged onto Twitter this morning you'd be forgiven for thinking it had...

Faith: A Matter Between Man and God

Fariha Khan | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK
Fariha Khan

Imagine something dear to you. Imagine something that defines you. Imagine something that is your identity. Imagine it being the essence of your life...

Religious Violence: It's Not Really About Religion

Jonathan Young | Posted 29.03.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Young

For some, the word 'religion' is synonymous with gender inequality, homophobia and superstition. These associations are not completely without substa...

Don't Make Tyson Fury a Free Speech Martyr

Andrew Doyle | Posted 11.12.2016 | UK Sport
Andrew Doyle

So don't worry about Tyson Fury. He's an unreconstructed moron whose opinions count for nothing. And if you think I'd say any of this to his face, you must be out of your mind.