- A recent report from UK Parliament’s All Party Parliamentary Committee on British Muslims stated quite plainly that it was our work as far back as 2013 which “led to calls from politicians for better structures to deal with online hate and for social media platforms to take a greater onus on tackling online hate”.
- UNESCO relied on us as world leading experts in their report on “Countering Online Hate Speech”. They describe our Fight Against Hate system as one of the initiatives that “take combating online hate speech a step further and serve as innovative tools for keeping track of hate speech across social networks and how it is being regulated by different private companies.”
- The Victorian Equal Opportunity Human Rights Commission relied on our expertise extensively when writing about online racism in their report “What you Say Matters“.
- We’ve also seen changes made, based on our recommendations, to both the software and policies at major technology companies. For example, we successfully urged YouTube to adopt digital fingerprinting to prevent the re-uploading of new copies of content they had removed. Our recommendations to Facebook to combat anonymous trolling were implemented. This involved giving page owners a choice of being publicly associated with their page or have any complaint against them given more weight due to their anonymity.
- We have received extensive media coverage including from: The BBC, The ABC, The Australian, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, SBS, Herald Sun, The Daily Telegraph, Ten Daily, The Conversation, Huffington Post, Vice. Haaretz, Forward, and the Times of Israel.
- Our work covers all forms of online hate. Key focus areas are: racism, antisemitism, Islamophobia, racism targeting Indigenous Australians, violent extremism, Holocaust denial, hate targeting military veterans, serious trolling, cyber-bullying, misogyny, homophobia, and griefing.
Who lists us as a resources?
The Online Hate Prevention Institute is proud to be listed as a resource by the following initiatives that combat online hate and cyber-bullying:
- Racism No Way – A campaign against racism by the Australian Human Rights Commission (Australian Government)
- eSafety Commissioner – Australia’s eSafety Commissioner (Australian Government)
- LIGHT ON Project – a partnership of civil society organisations funded by the Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme of the European Union.
- Kids Help Line and Parent Line – An Australian charity supporting children and parents
- Online Safety Working Group of Electronic Frontiers Australia – This groups advises EFA on policy related to e-safety
- International Network for Hate Studies – An experts group of academics and practitioners
- Cohen Center at Keene State College – Keene State College’s center for the teaching of the Holocaust and genocide
Who uses our work?
Some of the places our work has been used include:
All Party Parliamentary Committee on British Muslims (UK Parliament): In their “Islamohpobia Defined” report says our work “led to calls from politicians for better structures to deal with online hate and for social media platforms to take a greater onus on tackling online hate” – 2018
Incitement to Terrorism: This book discussed OHPI’s work combating online antisemitism. It notes that OHPI is “a shoestring NGO with meager funding and staff. The internet providers are billion dollar enterprises. Yes, the Institute, with its minuscule size and resources and voluntary reporting only, was able to produce a far more detailed and informative report than any of the behemoth platforms.” (pg 162) – 2018
United Nations Human Rights Council: The United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance cited our work in his report to the UN Human Rights Council. – 2017
The Australian Human Rights Commission: In their report to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination cited our work. – 2017
Cyber Racism and Community Resilience: Strategies for Combating Online Race Hate: A book by leading cyber-racism academics from around Australia, including our CEO. Our work is considered by these experts and discussed in detail throughout this book. – 2017
UNESCO: Report “World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development: Special Digital Focus 2015” discusses OHPI’s work at some length including FightAgainstHate.com – 2015.
UNESCO: Report “Countering Online Hate Speech” discusses OHPI initiative FightAgainstHate.com and quotes from an interview conducted with OHPI’s CEO Dr Andre Oboler. June 2015.
Freedom House: In their 2014 Freedom of the Net report, Freedom House used our resources as a reference for the strong opposition from civil to society to efforts to change Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. – 2014
Victorian Equal Opportunity Human Rights Commission: OHPI was a key informant for its report “Reporting Racism: What you say matters“. It also quoted our reports “Aboriginal memes and online hate” and “Incident report and analysis“. May 2013.
National Library of Australia: The NLA archives all the online content produced by OHPI. There archive can be accessed here.
UTS, Deakin University and University of Western Sydney project addressing cyber-racism and the development of community resilience: OHPI is a community partner to the project. And you can read more about it here and here.
Wikipedia‘s page on cyber-racism: References OHPI’s publication “OHPI Submission on Racial Discrimination and S 18C” while discussing whether cyberracism is criminal under Australian law or not.
Internet: Creatively Unveiling Discrimination Project, Funded by the Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programmes of the European Union: Discusses OHPI’s activities on its website.