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Conflict prevention for the International Day of Democracy

When it comes to democratic values, prevention has a clear role to play in promoting peace and stability in both the online and offline world. As reflected in our 2016 celebration article, the International Day of Democracy has been celebrated annually on 15 September since 2007 when the United Nations General Assembly set this date aiming to promote and uphold the principles of democracy.

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Hate speech and radicalisation

An online safety MOOC has recently taken place on the European Schoolnet Academy, helping participants to gain a better understanding of the current risks and challenges that young people face when they go online. In the final module of the course, participants looked the topical issues of hate speech and radicalisation. Here, we provide a brief summary of some of the key issues including definitions, educational responses, and counter-speech approaches.

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Who are the Creators for Change?

According to a No Hate Speech Movement survey, 83 per cent of users have already encountered hate speech online. In an online world full of challenges and risks such as these, promoting positive messages among young people who are influenced by radical ideas such as hate speech and extremism may seem ambitious.

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European Schoolnet's EMINENT 2016 Conference

Prague, 18 November 2016
 
European Schoolnet's EMINENT 2016 Conference under the theme 'The Quest for European Digital Citizenship' took place on 17-18 November, in Prague (Czech Republic).
 
European Schoolnet, the network of 30 European Ministries of Education, is committed to supporting young people's active and participative digital citizenship, through helping them develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to thrive in today's digital society.
 
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Supporting the prevention of radicalisation leading to violent extremism

From encrypted messages to ‘lone wolves', the internet unfortunately provides a fertile field for fast dissemination of messages reflecting hate speech and terrorist propaganda. Online interactions have managed to bridge the distance between perpetrators and new affiliates, leading to the spread of terror initiatives and acts of extremism. 

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Online extremism and radicalisation

Online extremism is an issue that has received a great deal of attention in recent months. Especially after the terrorist attacks in November 2015 in Paris, the subsequent Brussels lockdown due to high-level terrorist alert and the attacks in March 2016, the fear that young people can be groomed online in Europe by violent extremists and terrorists and encouraged to leave their home countries in order to join IS (Islamic State) in Iraq or Syria has grown, along with another fear that, through immersion in violent extremist cyberspaces, vulnerable young people can also be radicalised to carry out attacks in their home countries.

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New EU rules on data protection approved at the European Parliament

  • News
  • 14/04/2016
  • BIK team

Today, the European Parliament has adopted new EU data protection legislation replacing the 1995 EU Data Protection Directive. Proposed by the European Commission in 2012 and agreed upon by the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission in December 2015, the new legislation has designed a set of rules providing citizens with more information and control over their own private information in the digital age, including protecting and expanding the scope of the right to be forgotten ruling in law. Additionally, the legislation aims to ease the process of setting up companies envisaging to strengthen the development of the Digital Single Market.

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Education, a key to cope with online extremism and radicalisation

From policy makers to parents and young people, online extremism is one of the most debated concerns in the international environment. In line with identifying best practices to tackle the issue, various Member States have concluded that education is, once again, key to opening up the minds of children in today's Europe and further avoiding the dissemination of hate speech and radicalisation, while promoting a better understanding of these online risks.

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Cats as an online counter-terror trend?

Everyone knows that internet users love cats. But in recent days, these beloved domestic animals have become part of an online counter-terror trend.

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A better and tolerant internet for kids

Today we celebrate the International Day of Tolerance, a day which certainly cannot be forgotten especially given the recent tragic events which took place in Beirut, Baghdad and Paris perpetrated by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). 

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