FINAL TEAMS - PITCHING
WHAT IS HATE SPEECH?
According to UN hate speech is any kind of communication in speech, writing or behavior, that attacks or uses pejorative or discriminatory language with reference to a person or a group on the basis of who they are, in other words, based on their religion, ethnicity, nationality, race, color, descent, gender or other identity factor.
Let´s empower public communicators and social media users in their infinite fight against hate speech. The real challenge is not only to detect hate speech effectively, but to develop a solution which would make moderation of online debate containing hate speech easier.
Hate speech through text is a big problem for public communicators as this type of hate speech can be added to posts very quickly and it is often not possible to moderate it effectively, as there is a predominance of haters. We are looking for a tool that would facilitate the moderation of hateful commentators and empower the author of the content on social networks and Internet forums.
1. Create a new solution
2. Develop existing solution from our previous hackathon
Besides hate speech through text, it is also important to consider hate speech through images – memes. Often the text from the image might not constitute hate speech on its own , which can also be applied the other way around. The goal is to develop a solution which will be able to detect this type of hate speech.
Is the solution user friendly and apllicable for anyone?
How easy is the solution to adapt to other languages?
How difficult are the steps to finalise the software solution?
Will this solution have a far reaching potential to solve societal problem of hate speech?
The Open Code for Hate-Free Communication (OpCode) project aims at countering online hate speech using a multidimensional approach consisting of monitoring, analysis, taking action, developing free and open software solutions for moderating user generated content, and by engaging in advocacy and network consolidation. The project also aims to consolidate the efforts of civil society organizations to participate in EC monitoring exercises and continuously monitor the Web, thus providing data as a basis for future policy. Furthermore, our goal is to provide national and European policy-makers as well as IT companies with recommendations on how to address the issue. The project will contribute to the European Commission’s recommendation on measures to effectively tackle illegal content online that highlights the necessity of cooperation and mutual exchange between tech companies and CSOs for the benefit of the public.