DANGEROUS SPEECH
CAN INSPIRE VIOLENCE.

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We study dangerous speech and ways to counteract it.

People don’t commit violence against other groups - or even condone it - spontaneously. First they must be taught to see other people as pests, vermin, aliens, or threats. Malicious leaders often use the same types of rhetoric to do this, in myriad cultures, languages, countries, and historical periods. We call this Dangerous Speech. Violence might be prevented by making it less abundant or less convincing. We work to find the best ways to do this – while protecting freedom of expression.

Resources

Atrocity Speech Law

In this new book, Gregory Gordon provides historical overview of speech and atrocity, including the Holocaust and Rwandan Genocide, as well as the modern treatment of hate speech in international human rights and domestic law. It is available for purchase here.

Defusing Hate: A Strategic Communication Guide to Counteract Dangerous Speech

This guide offers strategies and tools to prevent dangerous speech from influencing audiences, drawing from a range of disciplines—from political...

Blog + News

What we’ve been doing at the Dangerous Speech Project

This blog post provides an update on the major projects we've been working on over the past year.

How to stand up to online trolls – and profit – with humour

This article - which cites Susan Benesch and the work of the Dangerous Speech Project - surveys methods of responding to harmful speech online with a focus on the use of humor.