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.

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.

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Blog + News

Dangerous Speech and Misinformation Fans India – Pakistan War

Rising tension between India and Pakistan, triggered by a terrorist attack in Kashmir, have inspired an alarming flood of Dangerous Speech and misinformation to spread online in both countries - some urging mass violence or even full-scale war.

The Nigerian General Elections: 6 Recommendations to Prevent Violence

Along with CITAD, the DSP recommends six strategies for resisting the spread of Dangerous Speech and its potential to inspire violence as Nigeria enters its 2019 election season.