Hassrede und Radikalisierung im Netz (Deutsch)

JOHANNES BALDAUF, JULIA EBNER AND JAKOB GUHL, SEPTEMBER 2018

Hate Speech and Radicalisation in the Network, published by the Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI), a programme of ISD and Facebook, brings together a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives to explore the prevalence of hate speech on social media, the strategies and tactics of Islamist and far-right extremist groups online, the potential impact of disinformation on political polarisation and radicalisation, and how government, the private sector and civil society can respond to these challenges.

The report also looks at the role of disinformation in furthering the spread of hate speech and extremist perspectives online, fuelling polarisation, and disrupting democratic elections. It highlights the need for social media companies to continue to provide access to data on the origins, reach and impact of disinformation, and for tech companies to continue to work closely with journalists and fact-checking organisations.

The report brings together voices from a variety of backgrounds and fields of expertise, including contributions from Peter Neumann, Julia Ebner, Matthias Quent, and Karolin Schwarz.

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The Online Ecosystem of the German Far-Right

This report presents the findings of a research project of ISD’s Digital Analysis Unit about the alternative online-ecosystem of the far-right, including alternative social media platforms and alternative media outlets. While these platforms draw in a global audience this report focuses specifically on the German speaking and Germany-focused communities and outlets within this ecosystem. Drawing together ISD’s digital ethnographic work across dozens of forums and channels with the latest in machine learning and natural language processing, this report provides an overview over the size and nature of the far-right communities on these platforms the motivations for participating in these communities and assesses whether banning far-right groups from mainstream platforms leads to the displacement of their followers to ‘alternative’ platforms. We also analyse the role of alternative ‘news’ outlets in disseminating far right concepts, drawing on the‘Hate Observatory’, a joint initiative of ISD and the MIT Media Lab , based on their Media Cloud software, and compare the frequency and types of coverage of far-right themes in mainstream and alternative media. This report also recommends steps to be taken by tech companies, government, civil society and researchers to counter the far-right online.