posted on Jun, 16 2004 @ 04:04 PM
A conference on Internet and Racism was held today. How many times have we all wondered what the effects of internet anonymity would have on airing
the subconscious? Most people who have participated in online chatting have I am sure have noticed the corrosion of social ettiquette and internet
communication has become socialising without a conscience for many.
"International experts met Wednesday in Paris to tackle the tricky task of fighting anti-Semitic, racist and xenophobic propaganda on the Internet --
seen as a chief factor in a rise in hate crime.
Purveyors of hate have found a potent tool in the Internet, spreading fear with such grisly images as the beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter
Daniel Pearl in 2002.
The new technology has proven to be a boon for hatreds of old, many experts say.
"Our responsibility is to underline that by its own characteristics -- notably, immediacy and anonymity -- the Internet has seduced the networks of
intolerance," French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier said in opening remarks at the two-day conference."