The Technical Challenge of Hate Speech, Incitement and Extremism in Social Media 🗓 🗺

— CS — pervasiveness, concerns, companies & governments, solutions, regulation …

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Meeting Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM Networking and dinner; 7:00 – 8:30 PM Presentation
Speaker: Dr Andre Oboler, social media expert
Location: Room 3008, CALiT2 Building, UCI, Irvine
Cost: none (dinner sponsored by Gigasavvy)
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details:
Summary: Despite its pervasiveness in society, social media has been a largely unregulated domain. There have been growing concerns over the use of social media for the purposes of hate speech, incitement and the promotion of violent extremism. These issues have not been sufficiently addressed by social media companies and governments, particularly in Europe, are increasing looking to regulation. The agreement on a “Code of Conduct on illegal online hate speech” signed by the European Commission and Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft the end of May 2016 is a sign of this shift.
This talk will introduce the problem of hate speech, incitement and extremism in social media. The technical challenges in measuring and responding to these problem will then be discussed, along with some of the technical solutions which have been created. The ethical obligations of Software Engineers in light of these problems will also be considered.

Bio: Dr. Andre Oboler is CEO of the Online Hate Prevention Institute an Australian charity combating racism, bigotry and extremism in social media. He also serves as an expert on the Australian Government’s Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, co-chair of the Working Group on Antisemitism on the Internet and in the Media for the Global Forum to Combat Antisemitism, and as a Vice Chair of the IEEE Computer Society’s Member and Geographic Activities Board. Dr Oboler holds a PhD in Computer Science from Lancaster University (UK), a Juris Doctor from Monash University (Australia) and completed a Post Doctoral Fellowship in Political Science at Bar-Ilan University (Israel). His research interests include empirical software engineering, process improvement, hate speech in social media and the social implications of technology.