Title

Hate in the Information Age

Thursday, May 15, 2008
432 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
United States
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Members: 
Name: 
Hon. Alcee Hastings
Title Text: 
Chairman
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Name: 
Hon. Benjamin Cardin
Title Text: 
Co-Chairman
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Witnesses: 
Name: 
Rabbi Abraham Cooper
Title: 
Associate Dean
Body: 
Simon Wiesenthal Center
Name: 
Mr. Mark A. Potok
Title: 
Director
Body: 
Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project
Statement: 
Name: 
Mr. Christopher Wolf
Title: 
Senior Lay Leader
Body: 
Anti-Defamation League
Statement: 
Name: 
Mr. Tad Stahnke
Title: 
Director
Body: 
Human Rights First Discrimination Program

The briefing provided an overview of hate crimes and hate propaganda in the OSCE region, focusing on the new challenges posed by the internet and other technology. Mischa Thompson led the panelists in a discussion of the nature and frequency of hate crimes in the OSCE region, including the role of the internet and other technologies in the training, recruiting, and funding of hate groups.

Panelists - Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Mark A. Potok, Christopher Wolf, Tad Stahnke – discussed how best to combat hate crimes and hate propaganda and highlighted internet governance issues in the United States and Europe and how the internet extensively contributes to hate propaganda. Issues such as free speech and content control were at the center of the discussion.

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