While online speech is rarely implicated in initial violent incidents, social media platforms increasingly feature dangerous speech afterward – which increases the risk of additional 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.
Candidates’ calls for peace follow a long string of Dangerous Speech and false allegations from all sides; we fervently hope for free and peaceful elections.
In Nigeria, conflicts driven by Dangerous Speech and legitimate grievances have raised concerns that 2019 elections may spark mass violence.
This report from CITAD, a Nigerian organization dedicated to the use of information and communications technology (ICT) for development and good governance, shares the findings of a Dangerous Speech monitoring project during Nigeria’s 2015 elections.
The Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), with support from the MacArthur Foundation and the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation…