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Making the world a little safer


Dear Supporter, 

It's been almost 18 months since we last updated you on the fight against online hate. In that time the world has changed dramatically. The rise of the Alt-Right and its impact directly and indirectly on antisemitism, misogyny, anti-Muslim hate, anti-immigrant hate and homophobia has been felt acutely. Racism and bigotry become normal online behaviour, a poison which attacks our society and brainwashes our children. Earlier this month, for example, The Australian reported how a Jewish girl was subjected to mass online bullying of both an antisemitic and misogynistic nature with comments like “All aboard Jew express next stop Auschwitz gassing chambers, I hear there is a lovely shower aboard, Exterminate, Exterminate” and “I’ll make u proud I’ll f*** her in the gas chambers.” This was from other students. It's extreme, but not an isolated case. 

On a positive note, in Germany new laws will now hold social media companies accountable if they fail to respond with sufficient speed and accuracy to users' reports about clear cases of online hate. The companies were already putting far greater resources into Germany than elsewhere, but the Germany law was brought in after voluntary agreements between the Germany Government and the companies, then between the EU and the Companies, failed to solve the problem. We expect other countries will look at similar laws in the future and we hope the new work on FightAgainstHate.com will allow us to play a global role in providing the data and technology needed to support such a move.

Our work has continued to be at the cutting edge and our Annual Report released last November shows our impact. Unfortunately, financial support for our work remains elusive. We cut costs by letting our 5 staff go (myself included) over a year ago and late last year we closed our office. A small number of supporters have setup regular monthly donations, typically $10, and it is this support that has allowed us to avoid closing. We've continued to produce briefings, engage with the press and almost completed a major report into the aftermath of the Burke Street attack in Melbourne (the work is currently on hold until I have free time to get back to it). We also have 10 Software Engineering students working with us on major updates to our online tools. Our activities so far in 2017 are detailed below. The work continues, but the impact of the funding short fall is sorely felt, particularly when we have to turn people away without assistance.

As we draw close to the end of the financial year, I'd like to thank those who have kept us going with their financial support and encourage all who have supported us online to take the next step and donate to the Online Hate Prevention Institute so the work can continue. Better still, a regular monthly donation can give us greater certainty into the future. You know what we do, you know the impact we have... our future, and how much impact we can have, is very much in your hands.


Dr Andre Oboler
CEO, Online Hate Prevention Institute

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Activities so far in 2017...

Nathan Sykes an Australian Troll
OHPI’s commentary and recommended action in response to the broader problem of serious online trolling following Luke McMahon's excellent article in the Sydney Morning Herald revealing the real identity, online personas, harassment and intimidation campaigns of Australian far-right extremist Nathan Sykes. 18 April 2017
Twitters resistance to Government
Sometimes the push back of social media companies against governmental abuses of power is entirely appropriate. In an unfolding matter Twitter is resisting efforts to reveal the identity of a user behind an account critical of US immigration policies. 8 April 2017
Germany holds platforms accountable
Dr Andre Oboler was interviewed for SBS News on Germany's effort's to tackle online hate and hold social media companies to account for systemic failures. 6 April 2017
OHPI on KRock Radio
Tom and Buckle from K Rock Radio 95.5 interview OHPI's CEO, Andre Oboler, as the Australian Parliament debated changing S18C of the Racial Discirmination Act. 24 March 2017
 
Changes to S18C defeated
The Australian Senate defeated the proposed watering down of anti-racism law, yet it remains the official policy of the Coalition.  OHPI provides background, analysis and discussion of what comes next.  30 March 2017
Emboldening those promoting bigotry
Two comments arguing S18C needs to be watered down to allow attacks on Muslims are examined. The Muslim community isn't covered by S18C. The Australian Alt-Right want the attacks currently aimed at the Muslim to be permitted against others. 23 March 2017
A climate of terror and fear
Following the attack on the British Parliament the British PM said they would never give in to the voices promoting hate and evil and seeking to drive people apart. Unfortunately Australia seems to be going the other way. 23 March 2017
Hate is the new normal
In this opinion article for the Australian Jewish News, OHPI's CEO, Dr Andre Oboler, explains that "Hate is the new normal in an online world spinning out of control. Antisemitism is the new flavor of the month." 5 March 2017
The Freedom of Speech Report
Online Hate Prevention Institute's​ response and highlights from the report of the Inquiry into Freedom of Speech and S18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. 4 March 2017
Huffington Post on Melbourne Nazis
The Huffington Post published an article on OHPI's work investigating the Nazi Group putting up posters in Melbourne. 16 February 2017
J-Wire on Melbourne Nazis
Dr Andre Oboler, CEO of the Online Hate Prevention Institute, told J-Wire “This group is a small homegrown Melbourne neo-Nazi group of people in their 20s, brain washed by online extremism, and trying to take a stand against Victoria’s strong multiculturalism and diversity."
15 February 2017
Melbourne Neo-Nazis
Report on the Melbourne based neo-Nazis poster campaign. The group later tweeted a link to OHPI's article calling it "surprisingly fair and accurate". Not the praise we wanted. 14 February 2017
Community Engagement
We attended the Australia Day and India Republic Day event by the Federation of Indian origin Multi-faith Organisation (FIMO), a peak body promoting interaction between people from Indian origin of various faiths to benefit Australian society. 5 February 2017
Government Engagement
We gave evidence to a hearing of the Parliamentary Inquiry into Freedom of Speech / S18C. Dr Oboler highlighted the green light changing the law would give to hate and the efforts to incite anti-Muslim hate after the Bourke Street attack. 31 January 2017 
Vocativ interview OHPI
We told Vocativ, "The alt-right and far-right have always been steeped in anti-Semitism, but with the election over the past months, we’ve seen that all inhibitions have faded away, people who were once afraid to come out are no longer.“ 27 January 2017
Holocaust Memorial Day 2017
In this briefing we provide 6 examples of Holocaust denial which you can help to report. We also express our concerns on what we expect will be a rise in Holocaust denial during 2017. 27 January 2017
The bravery of ordinary Australians
As people mourn the events in Bourke Street we reflect in this Facebook post on the bravery of those who stepped forward to help and the on the way Melbourne and Australia came together in the face of tragedy. 24 January 2017
Huffington Post on anti-Muslim hate
This Huffington Post article, based on OHPI research, highlighting the misinformation being spread about the Bourke Street attack by anti-Muslim groups in order to incite hate against the Muslim community. 23 January 2017
Community Engagement
We attended the vigil for the victims of the Bourke Street attack at Federation Square, reporting live as it unfolded.
23 January 2017

 

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