Get tickets (free but required) for A Debate About Hate: 7pm, May 22, 2019, Washington DC

When you see hate online, do you respond? If so, why and how, exactly?

Come hear from two experts: Dylan Marron, host of the award-winning podcast Conversations with People who Hate Me, and Logan Smith, who runs the notorious Twitter account @YesYoureRacist, as they discuss and debate their favorite methods for responding online.

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

Dangerous Speech: A Practical Guide

This guide - updated for 2019 - provides an in-depth exploration of dangerous speech and how to identify it, dangerous speech on the internet, and some promising efforts to reduce the harmful effects of speech.

Online harassment resource guide

This Wikimedia resource compiles interdisciplinary research on understanding and responding to the problem of online harassment, and serves as an excellent starting point for scholars and practitioners alike.

Blog + News

The Radicalizing Language of Fear and Threat

Governments, internet companies, and civil society organizations attempting to prevent the spread of violent white supremacist ideas - and killings - must consider the radicalizing capacity of fear and threat, instead of focusing exclusively on hate speech.

What Have We Learned From the Rwandan Genocide?

April 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. One of its lasting lessons for the world is that words matter, and we must monitor and resist Dangerous Speech.