Less Hate, More Speech, officially presented at IceeFest 2015
In June 2015 the Less Hate, More Speech project was officially presented within IceeFest, the largest digital festival in Eastern Europe. Sharing the stage with New York Times and Huffington Post representatives, Cătălin Tolontan, who is volunteering in our project, spoke of the massive need to find solutions for diminishing hate speech in the online sphere.
The journalist illustrated how the hate simmering below articles affects readers, journalists and the protagonists of their texts alike. He emphasized the real need that the Less Hate, More Speech project taps into and put forward a few preliminary numbers that emerged from running the moderation system on online comments from the GSP sites.
IceeFest also hosted a debate on digital journalism, hate speech and the rush for views and clicks, in a panel moderated by Cătălin Tolontan and with the participation of Claudiu Pândaru (Mediafax), Mihai Brașoveanu (Pro TV), Roxana Bodea (MRC) and Claudiu Mușat (Obviz). One of the main focus points of the debate was that of injurious online commenting, while the Less Hate, More Speech team led a live moderation session on comments from the gsp.ro website.
Less Hate, More Speech – Youngsters Get Involved!
The project is run by Median Research Centre (MRC) in partnership with Educ Association and targets young people between 12 and 17 years old, in order to help them better identify and react to online and offline hate speech.
More, on the project’s website.