Defining Hate Speech

This essay seeks to review some of the various attempts to define hate speech, and pull from them a series of traits that can be used to frame hate speech with a higher degree of confidence. In so doing, it explores the tensions between hate speech and principles of freedom of expression, both in the abstract and as they are captured in existing definitions.

Authored by
  • Andy Sellars

8 Dec 2016

Open Call for Fellowship Applications, Academic Year 2017-2018

We are now accepting fellowship applications for the 2017-2018 academic year through our annual open call. This opportunity is for those who wish to spend 2017-2018 in residence in Cambridge, MA as part of the Center's vibrant community of research and practice, and who seek to engage in collaborative, cross-disciplinary, and cross-sectoral exploration of some of the Internet's most important and compelling issues. Applications will be accepted until Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Nov 15 2016 12:00pm to Nov 15 2016 12:00pm

Berkman Klein Luncheon Series

The End of Ownership

with Aaron Perzanowski, Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University

Do you own the products you buy? From ebooks to smart appliances, digital goods are increasingly undermining consumer expectations of ownership and the autonomy we associate with it.

Oct 27 2016 12:30pm to Oct 27 2016 12:30pm

The Digital Trade Imbalance: Digital Trade, Digital Protectionism, and Digital Rights

with Susan Ariel Aaronson, Research Professor of International Affairs and GWU Cross-Disciplinary Fellow at the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs

Many internet NGOs including EFF, CDT, and Access see trade agreements as undermining the open internet because these agreements often include provisions related to copyright that may reduce access to information online. But could these groups be wrong about the effects of trade agreements on the internet--could the provisions on digital trade increase access to information and reduce censorship and filtering?