Perspectives on Harmful Speech Online
Reventlow, Nani Jansen
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CitationNani Jansen Reventlow, Jonathon Penney, Amy Johnson, Rey Junco, Casey Tilton, Kate Coyer, Nighat Dad, Adnan Chaudhri, Grace Mutung’u, Susan Benesch, Andres Lombana-Bermudez, Helmi Noman, Kendra Albert, Anke Sterzing, Felix Oberholzer-Gee, Holger Melas, Lumi Zuleta, Simin Kargar, J. Nathan Matias, Nikki Bourassa, and Urs Gasser. 2016. Perspectives on Harmful Speech Online. Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society Research Publication.
AbstractThis collection of essays includes perspectives on and approaches to harmful speech online from a wide range of voices within the Berkman Klein Center community. Recognizing that harmful speech online is an increasingly prevalent issue within society, we intend for the collection to highlight diverse views and strands of thought and to make them available to a wide range of audiences.
We issued an open call to our community for short pieces that respond to issues related to harmful speech online. Through this collection, we sought to highlight ongoing research and thinking within our extended community that would be available to readers in a way that is more accessible than traditional academic research. The 16 short essays compiled in this collection are authored by a global group of friends, colleagues, and collaborators. We hope that this diverse mix of perspectives, viewpoints, and data points provokes thought and debate, and inspires further exploration.
Evidence of the complexity of the issue is that no two writers sought to cover the same topic from a similar point of view; from legal perspectives to research results to paradigm-shifting provocations, a multitude of topics, opinions, and approaches are included. Many pieces draw from research, while others are more opinion-based, indicating that discourse around this topic can be inherently opinionated and passionate as well as scholarly and academic. Some pieces are written in a style evocative of advocacy, whereas others are written with scholarly communities in mind. The range of perspectives and opinions found here—and the lack of consensus on some topics—highlight the dynamic complexity of the issues and how competing values are frequently entangled.
The pieces are organized into three categories: Framing the Problem, International Perspectives, and Approaches, Interventions, and Solutions. The first and last sections include essays that build upon our understanding of their categories, and the section on International Perspectives addresses specific geopolitical contexts and ways in which the regulation of harmful speech may or may not be serving the citizens of a particular country or region.
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