Online Content and Violence: How to Find the Links

Center for Informed Democracy & Social – cybersecurity (IDeaS)

Carnegie Mellon University’s center for disinformation, hate speech and extremism online

Monday, April 11th  | 5:00-6:00pm US Eastern

“Online Content and Violence: How to Find the Links”

This talk explores what we do (and don’t yet) know about how “real-world” violence is inspired online, and important considerations for researchers in identifying, scoping, and studying aspects of this relationship.
Susan Benesch founded and directs the Dangerous Speech Project, to study rhetoric that can inspire violence – and to find ways to prevent this without infringing on freedom of expression. To that end, she conducts research on methods to diminish harmful speech online, or the harm itself. She regularly foists related ideas on tech companies, to improve both content moderation and user behavior. Trained as a human rights lawyer at Yale, Susan has worked for NGOs including Amnesty International and Human Rights First, and is Faculty Associate at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.