Freedom of speech is a pillar of a robust democratic culture

Yearly Conferences

Free Speech on Social Media: Self-Regulation or State Control?

(online conference – Microsoft TEAMS)


Friday, 22 October 2021

9 – 12 am


The first RESPECT conference will address the growing problems related to the spread of hate speech on social media (Facebook, Twitter etc.). In particular, it will assume a multidisciplinary approach in tackling the questions related to the need for controlling online speech. Experts in law, language studies, political sciences will discuss different possible solutions for limiting online hate speech while maintaining the Internet as a place of free exchange of ideas.

Matjaž Gruden, Director of Democratic Participation at the Council of Europe
“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”. A case for a multidisciplinary approach to tackling online hate


Claudia BIANCHI, Professor at the Department of Philosophy, University Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan
Words that wound


Vittoria FEDERICI, Manager in the Content Policy team at Facebook
Fighting online hate speech at Facebook


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