We could see even sharper divisions in society in the future if support for racism spreads online.
Both organised groups and unaffiliated individuals spread racist hate online, but they use different channels, have different goals and use different strategies to achieve them.
Racists take advantage of social media algorithms to find people with similar beliefs.
Racism thrives online because of a clash between the commercial goals and ethical responsibilities of social media companies. But Australia can take legal and civil actions right now to address this.
Online hate isn’t always as easy to spot as it might appear.
Two websites, one taken offline, the other still active, raise hard questions about how prepared Americans are to deal with free speech about white supremacy, in both monuments and domain names.
A man sporting a Nazi tattoo leaves Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Virginia on Aug. 12, 2017.
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Given recent events, you might have had an inkling that extremist views have been resonating. Researchers from the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention have the hard data to back it up.
Do people use the internet in ways that disadvantage nonwhites?
The physical world is racially segregated as a result of structural racism. A researcher examines whether similar problems exist online.
From person to person, the spread of online hate can be rapid.
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Today's radical right is remaking its profile, using online communications to spread its message farther and deeper into our society than ever possible before.
Online and offline activism are merging, as recognised by this protest against the 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
Racial abuse and violence and the intertwining of 'offline' and 'online' worlds call for new methods for opposing racism in public.
Federal attorney-general George Brandis argues that the current debate on racial vilification laws centres on the regulation of free speech.
Some time in the near future, federal attorney-general George Brandis will take a proposal to cabinet to amend or repeal the racial vilifications provisions (Sections 18C and 18D) of the Racial Discrimination…