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New MIGS Policy Paper: Opportunities to Better Combat the Spread of Online Hate in Canada

January 16, 2024
By Kyle Matthews and Marie Lamensch

The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) at Concordia University is proud to share a new policy paper "Opportunities to Better Combat the Spread of Online Hate in Canada".

The rise of hate speech poses a significant challenge to our collective digital landscape, requiring concerted efforts to address these issues while safeguarding freedom of speech.

In response to this pressing concern, MIGS launched the Digital Peace Project. Supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage, this initiative has played a role contributing to national efforts in mitigating online hate by engaging civil society actors—particularly those from ethnic, cultural, religious and visible minority communities—and empowering marginalized groups by amplifying their voices while seeking to increase our shared capacity to confront racism, discrimination and prejudice prevalent in the online sphere.

This policy paper presents research findings, and proposes policy implications and recommendations generated through the Digital Peace Project. Online hate speech is a key issue in Canada that will not disappear without strong legislation and enforcement mechanisms. By shedding light on the challenges posed by online hate and elucidating potential solutions, this policy paper seeks to serve as a valuable resource for policymakers, researchers, journalists and advocates committed to fostering a safer and more equitable digital ecosystem. 

"Opportunities to Better Combat the Spread of Online Hate in Canada" can be accessed through MIGS Digital Peace Project page.

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