The past few years, I have been volunteering for the NTEN & NetSquared Nonprofit Tech Club Austin. The club is affiliated with both NTEN: Nonprofit Technology Network and NetSquared, a division of TechSoup. This means our “reach” is both national and global. We share information on multiple platforms, including our home page on the NTEN website (designed by Bevy Labs). Thanks to entrepreneurial startup hub Capital Factory – where our club meets free of charge – many of our programs are live broadcast and recorded. Hence, anyone anywhere in the world can watch our programs, anytime.
Another benefit of our partnerships with NTEN and NetSquared is we can avail ourselves of ideas from other tech club chapters, as well as from our two parent organizations. Thanks to NetSquared, a webinar was held in April, 2019 hosted by another TechSoup division, Caravan Studios and its “Public Good App House,” with key organizations working globally to identify and combat hate speech. This blog post shares a few resources I believe need to be shared more broadly.
On a personal note, a few years ago, I seemed to be living under the illusion that the United States was more egalitarian and tolerant than ever. I did not see racism in my Texas communities, and mostly witnessed a fair amount of tolerance and understanding. But in 2016, an eruption of hate and hateful speech occurred from which I am still reeling. It was like a long dormant volcano had erupted, causing an international avalanche of hateful behavior. This led me to seek solutions about how to combat hate.
Here are some noteworthy nptech resources you might peruse, as you identify hateful speech and behavior in your own community and seek ways to combat it. My thanks again go to NetSquared and Caravan Studios for hosting the webinar. And if you’d like to host your own nonprofit tech club, follow this link to NetSquared.
Achol Mach Jok, Specialist | PeaceTech Lab (Africa)
We believe everyone has the power of peacetech so we leverage low-cost, easy-to-use tech and local partnerships to put the right tools in the hands of the people best positioned to make a difference: activists, peacebuilders, and NGOs in some of the most violent places on earth.
Timothy Quinn, Chief Technology Officer | Hatebase
Hatebase is a software platform built to help organizations and online communities detect, monitor and quarantine hate speech. Our algorithms analyze public conversations using a broad vocabulary based on nationality, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability and class, with data across 80+ languages and 200+ countries.
Christopher Tuckwood, Principal | Hatebase
Filip Stojanovski, Program Coordinator | Metamorphosis Foundation
The Metamorphosis Foundation offers IT solutions, developed according to the needs of the clients or as part of the project. At the same time, we offer favorable and quality services for development, adaptation, localization and updating of web content.
The IT industry is constantly on the rise with new solutions and innovations, whereby the needs of changes in the operation also arise. We test and evaluate opportunities every day, working with new partners to provide the highest quality services.
- ADL: Fighting Hate for Good. To learn more about their work to combat hate, follow the link. “ADL’s dual mission includes a mandate to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Hate and violence have a chilling effect on society. In ADL’s tradition of calling out what divides us and shining a light on what can unite people, we work with diverse communities and with law enforcement to identify hate and then to mobilize people to work vigorously against it.”
- You might also like to follow the Public Good Tech Combating Hate Speech Pinterest board, where Caravan Studios is curating tech solutions and discussions on combating hate speech. They note, “we encourage you to include your own links to relevant resources, important data sets, lexicons, and reports by adding them into the editable Webinar Resources doc.”
- The United Nations recently shared, “UN Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech,” and you can view it by following the link. “Stopping Hate Speech” is a brief but insightful video about how hate crimes follow hate speech. “Words kill.”
- Stomp Out Bullying has discussed hate speech in, “What We Can Do About Hate Speech” (April 22, 2019). “Currently, the U.S. has no concrete law that addresses or prevents hate speech. Sometimes the law may get involved if the hate speech is perceived as a genuine threat to harm, but most of the time there’s not a lot anyone can do legally. However, just because it isn’t technically considered a crime in the U.S., that doesn’t mean that hate speech doesn’t influence society.”
- Take Back The Tech provides some excellent ideas in, “Hate speech: strategies” (no date).
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