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A conference on Internet hate and racism opened today.

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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."

posted on Jun, 16 2004 @ 04:18 PM
Whoa. Good story. Translated: We want to find a way to suppress free speech. Which do you prefer? A group of people discussing their ideas in a forum or chat OR the same people marching up and down your street carrying signs? At least this way you can easily avoid/ignore them.


posted on Jun, 16 2004 @ 04:22 PM
I am worried by this, the internet could be easily suppressed and free speech therefore.

posted on Jun, 16 2004 @ 07:32 PM
we already have censorship, guys, under the pretense of "moderation" and keeping things civil in forums. so, the thing we think is far away is actually in our midst...a scorning of free speech, and a repression of those who take it to extremes. no one seems willing to take a stand against it, at least in an organized fashion.

[edit on 16-6-2004 by victor was right]

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