Project Launch: Analysis of online hate speech and disinformation in Slovenia and development of a proposal for action
The Centre for Social Informatics (CSI) has launched a new project "Analysis of online hate speech and disinformation in Slovenia and development of a proposal for action" in partnership with The Peace Institute. CSI's side of the project is led by Vasja Vehovar, PhD while the project as a whole is coordinated by Veronika Bajt, PhD at The Peace Institute. The role of CSI is primarily to conduct a large-scale survey to shed light on the perception of hate speech and disinformation.
The proliferation of internet use among the active population brings many benefits, but it also opens the door to many new issues such as hate speech (negative communication targeting deprivileged groups) and disinformation (spreading misinformation with a specific harmful intent). At both Slovenian and EU level, web users recognise the potential dangers and support the establishment of a unified EU digital agenda against hate speech and disinformation.
The aim of the project is to highlight current dilemmas in the field of hate speech and disinformation in Slovenia. The new knowledge that the results of the project will bring to stakeholders will form the basis for competent decisions on action.
The project will be carried out in 4 phases:
- A review of sources and data collection, running in parallel in 2 strands:
a) a systematic review of relevant sources, activities and good practices in the field of hate speech and disinformation in EU and selected non-EU countries,
b) a review and re-analysis of past survey and other research on hate speech and disinformation in Slovenia,
- A systematic review of the responding empirical literature, the development of a measurement instrument, and the implementation and analysis of a large-scale (n=3000) survey;
- Identification of multidimensional trends or areas of hate speech and disinformation and development of corresponding proposals for action and proposals for continuous monitoring of both areas;
- Validation of key proposals through a pilot survey and focus groups; elaboration of updated final proposals for action.