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Friday, May 18 • 09:00 - 10:15
Understanding the role of hate speech and fake news as factors in spirals of violence in situations of conflict and armed violence

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Although hate speech and fake news existed long before 2017, both terms have surged in notoriety, with a reported 365 percent increase in usage of the latter in the last two years . While a large portion of this interest has centered on Western politics, this session aims to re-focus the conversation around the negative role that these phenomena play in propagating violence and human rights abuses in situations of conflict and armed violence, and the key role of technology in their dissemination.
This session also will explore the ways in which hate speech and fake news affect humanitarians and human rights workers, and how this interplays with other issues such as the role of the press, privacy, free speech, and digital rights. Through this targeted discussion, we hope to further our understanding of the realities of fake news and hate speech for human rights and international humanitarian law today, what it means for organizations like the ICRC, and whether or not we can be part of the solution.

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Scott Edwards

Senior Adviser, Amnesty International
Scott Edwards is a Senior Adviser at Amnesty International. He has written and worked extensively on complex humanitarian crises, protection, and armed conflict. His current professional activity focuses on innovations in human rights compliance monitoring, and the human rights implications... Read More →
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Andrea Gittleman

Program Manager, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide
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Nataliya Gumenyuk

Head, Journalist, hromadske ua
Nataliya Gumenyuk –   is a Ukrainian  journalist and commentator specializing in foreign affairs. She is co-founder and currently head of Hromadske.TV  - an initiative of Ukrainian journalist to create public broadcasting in Ukraine, and Hromadske International www.en.hromadske.tv... Read More →
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Anahi Ayala Iacucci

Senior Director, Humanitarian Programmes, Internews
Anahi Ayala Iacucci leads the Internews Humanitarian team as the Senior Director for Humanitarian Programs. Anahi plays a key role in developing Internews’ global Humanitarian program strategies; while also closely supporting teams in the field and managing Internews Emergency Response... Read More →
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Daniel P. Scarnecchia

Researcher at Signal Program on Human Security and Technology, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Daniel Scarnecchia leads the Standards and Ethics program at the Signal Program on Human Security and Technology at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, focusing on data governance, standards, and ethics in the Humanitarian sector.  His current work aims to understand and identify... Read More →

Friday May 18, 2018 09:00 - 10:15 EDT