Category: Publications

  • Recognizing Hate Speech: Antisemitism on Facebook

    My report for the Online Hate Prevention Institute into antisemitism on Facebook was released to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21st 2013. The report tracks the response to a number of antisemitic items on Facebook. Some of the items were included in a previous report in 2012 into Aboriginal Memes […]

  • The 11th International Seminar on Antisemitism

    In October, with the support of an ROI “Go Speak” micro-grant, I travelled from Melbourne, Australia to Warsaw, Poland, to present at the 11th International Seminar on Antisemitism. The seminar series has been run every second year for over two decades now. This year the seminar was a partnership between Tel Aviv University’s Kantor Center and the […]

  • Aboriginal Memes

    Blow is a press release from the Online Hate Prevention Institute and a link to the report Dr Oboler wrote on Aboriginal Memes and Online Hate. The report fully documents the Aboriginal Memes incident, listing each new page that was created. It also discusses the role MemeGenerator played in the spread of this hate. A […]

  • A legal model for government intervention to combat online hate

    Published as: Andre Oboler, A legal model for government intervention to combat online hate, Internet Law Bulletin 14(2), May 2011 Racial hate propaganda is unlawful in Australia, and this extends to non-private online communications. This may create liabilities for technology companies. International discussions have highlighted the need for both national and international engagement on the […]

  • The ICCA tackles online hate

    Published as: Andre Oboler, The ICCA tackles online hate (2011), 13(9&10) Internet Law Bulletin Dr Andre Oboler ZIONIST FEDERATION OF AUSTRALIA In November 2010, the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism (ICCA) held its second conference; parliamentarians and experts from over 40 countries attended. The conference, held at the Canadian Parliament, was hosted in partnership with […]

  • Egypt’s Internet Blackout

    Source: Andre Oboler, Egypt’s Internet Blackout, The Cutting Edge, 30 January 2011 The Egyptian Government has become the first in the world to turn off its the internet. As of January 28, almost all internet servers in Egypt are offline. Homes, businesses, foreign embassies, and Egyptian government departments are without internet access. Text messaging services […]

  • Andre Oboler’s article about YouTube banning Palestinian Media Watch at Honest Reporting’s Backspin Blog

    Andre Oboler, Palestinian Media Watch Still Gamed By YouTube, Backspin Blog (Honest Reporting), 20 December 2010 On Sunday, YouTube acted to close a channel on their service run by Palestinian Media Watch. The explanation YouTube gave related to a video from 2006, originally taken from Hamas’s website, which shows a suicide terrorist says his goodbyes […]

  • Andre Oboler’s article “YouTube gets it wrong on online hate” in the Jerusalem Post

    Andre Oboler, YouTube gets it wrong on online hate, Jerusalem Post, 19/12/2010 The closing of Palestinian Media Watch channel is one example of how the website’s policies are inconsistent and only selectively enforced. Justice Louis Brandeis of the US Supreme Court once said “Sunlight is the best disinfectant.” This is often used to justify “more […]

  • Andre Oboler, Time to Regulate Internet Hate with a New Approach?, Internet Law Bulletin

    INTRODUCTION The rise of social media over the last seven years[i] has revolutionised communication. Applications like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and MySpace, have given the online public a means of mass communication. Behind these platforms are large corporations[ii] who profit from the communication they facilitate, yet take little responsibility over the content. A new approach is […]

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