“Think of the Children!”: dangerous speech that suggests children are in danger

Whether they know it or not, contemporary political figures often use versions of dangerous speech that go back centuries, and...

We study dangerous speech and ways to counteract it.

Dangerous Speech: A Practical Guide

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.

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Experts conclude that Russia is in breach of the 1948 Genocide Convention

The report definitively concludes that Russia bears State responsibility for breaches of the 1948 Genocide Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

Case study: A dangerous speech that triggered lynchings in India (2013-2018)

India has been steadily transforming from an aspiring liberal democracy into an ethnic democracy where a narrow and supremacist interpretations of Hinduism, the religion of the majority, wields near hegemonic status.

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Dangerous Speech rises as millions of refugees cross Polish-Ukrainian border

Dangerous speech targeting Ukrainian refugees in Poland is threatening human rights in an already difficult social and political situation.

Op-Ed: Bring Social Media Enforcement Into the Light

Published in Barron’s on May 5, 2022   Elon Musk’s sudden deal to buy Twitter has his fans elated, and his detractors...