High levels of online hate have become part of the new normal.
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Online hate is part of the "new normal"

Dear Supporter, 

The problem of online hate is increasingly being spoken about by government, media and the community. There is a growing recognition of the urgent need for action. It has become part of the "new normal".

At the Online Hate Prevention Institute we are increasingly being called upon to provide expert recommendaton, advice and support not only to community organisations but to governments as well. The lack of any financial support for this work, despite government's recognition of its importance and of our expertise, continues to baffle us. It is one of many gaps between what is supported and what is needed that are becoming increasingly visible as this crisis continues.  

We will continue to do what we can within our resources, but like other charities, we are increasingly having to say no. We are sorry that this leaves some without the support they need, and which we would ordinarily provide. We would like to do more, and we have sought support to fund the various additional requests that have been made to us, but so far without any luck. Short of government, a foundation or a major donor stepping forward, we need to put any new intiatives on hold - despite the demand for them.  

In the mean time, our regular work continue. As part of that, there will be a free online training session on online hate and COVID-19 on August 16th - please book to join us. The session is part of our partnership with the Council of Christians and Jews (Victoria) and run in conjunction with the La Trobe Law School's LawTech group.  

A special thank you as well to those volunteers who have working with us on new expert content. 

As always, details on our recent work are below. Donation to support our work are welcome, as is your help to introducing others to us by forwarding this e-mail

Kind regards,

Dr Andre Oboler

CEO, Online Hate Prevention Institute

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Community & Government Engagement

Online Event - 16th August (3pm)
Dr Andre Oboler, will present an online event: “The Rising Online Hate from COVID-19”.
Sunday 16th August: 3pm – 5pm (AEST).

Registration is free - Book now.

Parliamentary Supplemental Submission
The Legislative Assembly Legal and Social Issues Committee has formally accepted our Supplemental Submission for their inquiry into anti-vilification protections. It has been published on the Parliament of Victoria website.
Social Media, Democracy, Online Hate
This webinar for the IEEE Computer Society in Hyderabad was attended by 200+ people. It examined how Facebook has improved in tackling online hate over the last 18 months and discussed why the current boycotts are misguided and should be focused elsewhere.


Campaigns & Articles

Campaign to Counter Online Trolling

Our August campaign to Counter Online Trolling has just commenced.  We seek your support for this campaign. Serious trolling occurs across all social media platforms and is a harmful act that needs to be stopped.
Campaign to Tackle Racism & Xenophobia
We are commencing preparations for our September campaign which will focus on tackling Racism & Xenophobia. We welcome donations to our fundraiser which will activate plans for a larger campaign and increase its effectiveness.
Unmasking Serious Trolling on Twitter

Celebrities and public figures are considered as “fitting targets” for online trolls to do their worst. As part of OHPI's August campaign to counter Online Trolling, a briefing seeks to shed light on the shameful practice of online trolling.
Our July campaign, Tackling Homophobia & Transphobia has come to a close.  The campaign clearly shows the harmful nature of this area of hate. We call on all social media platforms to continue in their work to eradicate it.
Homophobia & Transphobia on Twitter & Instagram
This article shows examples from social media that are aimed at discrediting & humiliating members of the LGBTQ+ community. Offensive memes and images are used, along with messages of hate & harassment.
Anti-Trans Abuse Online
Online abuse against non-binary and binary trans people is unfortunately common online. Some is overtly hostile. Yet other unintentional or well-intentioned forms of online abuse can also cause harm. An article by volunteers, Dr Gávi Ansara & Gene, helps in preventing this.
A Myriad of Homophobic Messages on Facebook & Twitter
This briefing seeks to foster an awareness of the many homophobic messages found on Facebook and Twitter. While examples cited in this article are from the United States, similar messages are occurring daily throughout the world. 
Transphobia Section
To complete our July campaign we have added a permanent section on transphobia to the OHPI website. This inlcudes a new button on the home page. 

In the Media...

Tip: Use the "Discuss" links to join our discussions on news about online hate and extremism at our Facebook page.

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