«Tackling hate speech: Living together online»

Foreløpig program

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Foreløpig program

Tirsdag 27. november

12:00 Registration

13:15 Press conference

13:55 Welcoming words

  • Zoltán Balog, Minister of Human Resources, Hungary

14:00 Opening of the conference

  • Thorbjorn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe
  • George Soros, Founder of the Open Society Foundations

14:30 Reality on the ground - status today. Presentations from four different view points.

Chaired by Snežana Samardžić-Marković, Director General of Democracy, Council of Europe

  • Research
    Speaker: Carl Miller, Research director, Centre for the Analysis of Social Media, Demos, United Kingdom 
  • Online activism against hate speech
    Speaker: Louiza Louhibi, Newspaper columnist, Norwegian Labour Party’s Gender Equality Committee, Norway
  • Roma rights
    Speaker: Zeljko Jovanovic, Open Society Foundations Roma Initiative
  • Making hate crime visible in the European Union: acknowledging victims’ rights
    Speaker: Henri Nickels, Programme Manager, Social Research, Equality and Citizens’ Rights Department, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

16:20 Self-regulatory aspects, moderation approaches and ‘Tech Business’ perspective. Panel discussion.

Moderator: Nick Higham, BBC


  • Gabriella Cseh, Head of Policy CEE, Facebook
  • Giacomo Mazzone, European Broadcasting Union (EBU)
  • Ronald Eissens, Board member, International Network Against Cyber Hate , The Netherlands
  • Benjamin Thull, LFK, Media Authority of Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  • Frank La Rue, UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression

18:30 End of first day


Onsdag 28. november

09:30 Looking ahead - what can be done? Possible next steps and recommendations for action

Chaired by Stine Andresen, Director, Financial mechanism office, EEA and Norway Grants


  • Jenö Kaltenbach, Chair, European Commission against Racism and Intolerance, Council of Europe
  • Benjamin Ward, Deputy Director, Europe and Central Asia Division,Human Rights Watch
  • Nicole Currie, The European Roma Rights centre, Conclusions and recommendations of the workshop "Action and campaigning against hate speech"
  • Shannon Stephens, Vice-chair of the Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe-project “Young People Combating Hate Speech Online”

12:00 Closing session

Rapporteur: Robin Wilson, Researcher and policy analyst, United Kingdom

Closing remarks

  • Christos Giakoumopoulos, Director, Directorate of Human Rights, Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law, Council of Europe
  • Torgeir Larsen, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway

13:00 End