Over three weeks we will explore our three themes with plenary panels followed by small group discussions, as well as workshops, round tabled and other online events.
After registering for a ticket to the Digital Platforms and Societal Harms event, your email will be added to the Event App. Once this has occurred, you will receive a welcome email and will have access to sessions, attendee details, and the discussion forums via the Event App.
HATE SPEECH: 17 October – 21 October
* 21st of October
Plenary Panel on Hate Speech
This session will discuss hate speech on digital platforms, from social media to online gaming and the metaverse. Our panel will discuss the state of the art efforts to tackle online hate, policy and technology challenges, and the latest on regulation. Participants will then be divided into small groups for further discussion on the topic with each other and our speakers.
Virtual tour of the museum exhibition #FakeImages
A guide from the #FakeImages exhibition in Belgium will lead attendees through a virtual tour of the museum exhibition.
This exhibition is about the thousands of messages and images come to us every day, flooding us through social media, television, and the printed press. Fake news and fake images invariably sneak in: sometimes they are innocent, sometimes they are extremely dangerous. People are often highly susceptible to these images.
The exhibition explores Nazi hate propaganda from World War II as well as contemporary examples of fake images. Mechanisms that have a major impact on contemporary ideas and on society are examined and visitors will discover how to break through common patterns of misleading information such as stereotypes, prejudice, racism, deception and humour.”
EXTREMISM & EXPLOITATION: 24 October – 28 October
* 24th of October
Asia and Pacific Regional Forum
A regional forum will feature the launch of a new research report and bring together speakers from the Asia Pacific region to discuss online hate speech, disinformation, and extremism.
Launch of the report “Anti-Asian Racism in Australian Social Media”
Asian Pacific Panel
* 28th of October
Plenary Panel on Extremism & Exploitation
The use of digital platforms to aid in violent extremism (terrorism) and child exploitation will be examined in our second panel. Our experts will discuss the latest efforts to address these harms and the challenges that have arisen with the increased use of alternative and minimally moderated platforms. Participants will then be divided into small groups for further discussion on the topic with each other and our speakers.
DISINFORMATION & MISINFORMATION: 31 Oct. – 4 Nov.
* 3rd of November
Join IEEE public policy staff and volunteer leaders for a round table discussion that seeks to answer the questions of policy makers (where clear answers exist), and to discuss different perspectives on public policy responses and potential responses to tackling online hate speech, extremism, exploitation, misinformation and disinformation.
* 4th of November
Plenary Panel on Disinformation & Misinformation
Interference in elections, the spread of false information during the global pandemic, and conspiracy theories that can lead to hate and extremism, recent years have seen online disinformation and misinformation emerge as a serious threat to health, safety, and the rule of law. Our experts will discuss the challenges in address these information threats. Participants will then be divided into small groups for further discussion on the topic with each other and our speakers.
Targeting individuals or groups
Extremism & Exploitation
Fosters terrorism and exploitation
Disinformation & Misinformation
False, inaccurate, misleading, intentional or not. Conspiracy theories, hoaxes, & propaganda.