There is increasing discussion about hate speech and the issues associated with the publishing and circulation of hateful content online. But what is hate speech? And what does it mean in a New Zealand context? Is it a significant issue in New Zealand – and for whom? And what are the appropriate responses?
The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO supported InternetNZ’s public lunchtime panel discussion ‘Hate and the Internet’ on 22 May to discuss these questions and more.
The panellists came from academic, media and political backgrounds. All of them have personally experienced hate online.
Panel members were:
- Megan Whelan, RNZ’s Community Engagement Editor
- MP Golriz Ghahraman, the first refugee to be elected to New Zealand Parliament
- Dave Moskovitz, member of the Abrahamic, Open Polytechnic, and InternetNZ Councils as well as being a startup investor and director.
- Stacey Morrison, a television and radio presenter and part of Massey University’s Te Pūtahi-a-Toi Department.
The lunchtime Speaker Series event was held in partnership with Netsafe, Human Rights Commission, Office of the Children’s Commissioner, Massey University, New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO and National Library of New Zealand. Distinguished Dr Paul Spoonley, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Massey University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences chaired the discussion. A stakeholder agency forum was also held on the topic that same day.