Within this module, our aim is to provide reliable knowledge to allow a serious discussion on the issue of hate speech in Poland, and to prepare relevant countermeasures. The module will comprise the following tasks:
Preparing six evaluations, containing summaries of existing data (social surveys, reports and other evaluations), profiled for each specific minority group (e.g. Hate Speech against Roma; Status of the Research, etc.). The evaluations will be written in consultation with representatives of minorities or NGOs representing them. Each evaluation will be supplemented with the context of the study and methods of interpreting it (explaining the research methodology), which will allow the data to be used correctly.
Developing standards for describing hate speech on the Polish Internet (including the choice of topics for monitoring, source texts for analysis, and data-processing methods). For this, we will use tools developed by the Local Knowledge Foundation for the Minority Report project, as well as conclusions from the ongoing work of the Council for the Prevention of Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, at the Polish Ministry of Administration and Digitisation.
Monitoring cases of hate speech against defined groups (media monitoring, tracking posts from selected online locations, news from Internet users) and building up a database of reported examples of hate speech, catalogued according to defined parameters (group, place of occurrence, issue in question).
Summarising all the research and analytical activities by compiling a comprehensive resource on the status of related research. After review, the book will be published as an e-book, licensed under Creative Commons 3.0.
Social research and media monitoring
The hate speech phenomenon is often trivialised by the media, judiciary and politicians. The potential effects of negative or hostile statements against minority groups are equated to those of politicians’ altercations or the defamation of celebrities. Hate speech is described as occurring only rarely, and acts of hate speech are regarded as individual statements, taken out of context. At the same time, publicly available research data often seem contradictory in describing cases of hate speech, intolerance and discrimination, and are written in hermetic sociological language based on statistics.
Therefore, preparing reports and analyses on specific minorities and organisations that represent them is one of the activities for the Tolerance Network project. We would like to provide you with information written in accessible language, based on scientific principles and the results of public opinion polls and media content-monitoring.
The research report we are preparing will consist of two parts. The first will summarise existing data – the development and analysis of available reports covering Poles’ opinions and attitudes towards given minorities. Various opinion polls carried out over the past few years will be assembled, and their findings can then be compared to suggest conclusions drawn from the collected data.
The second part of the research is a monthly monitoring of Internet content regarding minorities, prepared after public consultations. This content will be catalogued and described (where it appeared, date, subject of content, minority mentioned), resulting in a database of comments, articles and online posts, which (1) will document the “voice of the Internet” on minorities, and (2) can serve as grounds for notifying a service provider (e.g. a portal’s owner) or the public prosecutor’s office in cases of hostile or hateful posts.