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Online Political Hate Speech in Europe
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Online Political Hate Speech in Europe

The Rise of New Extremisms

9781788113656 Edward Elgar Publishing
Giovanni Ziccardi, Professor of Legal Informatics and Director of the Information Society Law Research Center, Faculty of Law, University of Milan, Italy
Publication Date: 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78811 365 6 Extent: 240 pp
Thought-provoking and timely, this book addresses the increasingly widespread issue of online political hatred in Europe. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, it examines both the contributions of new technologies, in particular social networks, to the rise of this phenomenon, and the legal and political contexts in which it is taking place. Giovanni Ziccardi also evaluates possible remedies for the situation, including both legal and technological solutions, and outlines the potential for a unified European framework to counter the spread of hatred online.

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This timely book addresses the increasingly widespread issue of online political hatred in Europe. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, it examines both the contributions of new technologies, in particular social networks, to the rise of this phenomenon, and the legal and political contexts in which it is taking place.

Through an analysis of online hate speech and its impacts, Giovanni Ziccardi characterizes contemporary political hatred in Europe, highlighting its victims, communication strategies, and the creation of a cross-national network of extremists enabled by technology. He compares legal and political responses to the problem at both national and EU levels, as well as the approach taken by the US, in order to examine the effectiveness of current measures. Finally, he evaluates possible remedies for the situation, including both legal and technological solutions, and outlines the potential for a unified European framework to counter the spread of hatred online.

Online Political Hate Speech in Europe will be an essential read for scholars and students in law and politics looking for an in-depth analysis of this issue. It will also be useful for politicians, policy makers, and practitioners seeking to understand the mechanisms underlying the circulation of political hatred.
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‘With this book, Giovanni Ziccardi confirms his leading position in the field of law and technology. Only a few scholars can claim, at the same time, his legal and technological understanding of the challenges related to online political hate speech. A must-read: it will finally make clear why the European constitutional scenario needs specific legal responses, in order to avoid, or at least mitigate, the risk of the rise of new extremisms on the Internet.’
– Oreste Pollicino, Bocconi University, Italy
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Contents: Introduction: the rise of political hate speech online PART I Political hate speech in Europe 1. The nature, and a first definition, of political hate speech 2. Political hate speech between Europe and USA 3. Hate speech: the role and responsibilities of political leaders according to the Council of Europe PART II Political hate speech online 4. Political hate speech and the new framework of digital networks 5. The typical contents of political hate speech online 6. An overview of European online political hate 7. Politics online and the use of hate speech 8. The instant communication of political hate speech 9. Political hate speech and the use of big data 10. The distortion of the democratic balance 11. Contrasting political hate speech online Conclusions: the future of political hate speech online Index

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