Digital Peace Project

The Digital Peace Project seeks to contribute to national efforts to mitigate online hate while respecting freedom of speech. It will accomplish this by engaging with civil society actors, particularly those belonging to ethnic, cultural, religious and visible minority communities. More precisely, the project aims to increase the capacity of ethnic and cultural communities to address online racism and discrimination by centering the perspectives and opinions of those communities while exploring ideas for solutions.

Thanks to funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Digital Peace Project will comprise of the following activities:

  • Public perception survey conducted in partnership with RIWI
  • Focus groups to discuss policy implications of the survey’s findings
  • Public Roundtables on key themes (see below)
  • End of project public policy article
  • Digital Campaign social media bot to raise awareness of online hate and its offline impacts as well as to counter online hate narratives.
Public Roundtables

Session 1: Breaking Down Online Hate & Violence Against Women. Tue, Jan 24, 2023 11:00 AM


  • Lucina Di Meco, co-founder of #ShePersisted
  • Annabel Ashalley-Anthony, Founder of Melanin Gamers
  • Supriya Dwivedi, Director, Policy & Engagement at Centre for Media, Technology & Democracy
  • Bridget Todd, Podcast host of 'INTERNET HATE MACHINE' and 'There are No Girls on the Internet'

Moderator: Catherine McKenna, Principal, Climate & Nature Solutions & Former Canadian Environment and Climate Change Minister


Session 2: Unpacking Online Hate Towards LGBTQI+ Individuals (French) February 15th, 2023

Session 3: Addressing Online Hate Targeting Indigenous People and Groups, Date TBC

Session 4: Combatting Online Hate on the basis of religious identity April 26th, 2023

Session 5: Combatting Online Hate on the basis of race or ethnicity June Date TBC

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