Online Racism in the Coronavirus Crisis

This IEEE Computer Society webinar brought to our global audience by the IEEE Computer Society Victorian Chapter will feature a panel of three experts on the problem of rising online racism as a result of the Coronavirus crisis. The panel will explore the emerging problem and its immediate and long-term implications as the sudden digital disruption from public health measures reshapes society not just during the lockdown, but for the foreseeable future.  We’ll explore some of the hate, misinformation, and conspiracy theories that have circulated as a result of COVID-19. We’ll discuss the need for those managing online spaces and tools to redouble their efforts to ensure the environments they manage are safe and welcoming, help the community connect, increase international ties and support the recovery effort. The alternative risks damaging social cohesion, increasing isolation, and making the path to economic recovery far more difficult.  Our of this crisis will come an imperative for technology companies to do more to ensure their platforms remain safe both for individuals and for society at large. With more of their work occurring online, businesses may find themselves targeted with online racism, needing to support staff who experience online racism or needing to respond to the allegation of staff spreading online racism. A new mix of technology, policies, and laws may be needed for the emerging post-COVID-19 society.  Our panel: Commissioner Chin Tan, the Australian Government’s Race Discrimination Commissioner; Dr. Andre Oboler, CEO of the Online Hate Prevention Institute (Australia); and Dr. James Gomez, Regional Director for the Asia Centre (Thailand and Malaysia).   Speakers Commissioner Chin Tan Dr. Andre Oboler Dr. James Gomez   For more information: https://www.computer.org/communities/distinguished-lecturer-webinars Download the event flyer: Event Flyer