ADC contributes to a new City of Buenos Aires report on challenges for a safe digital environment
ADC (Association for Civil Rights) collaborated in drawing up the document titled Desafíos vinculados a los Derechos Humanos en Entornos Digitales (Human Rights Challenges in the Digital Environment), released by the City of Buenos Aires government on December 6. The paper aims to contribute to preventing and eradicating discrimination and hate speech in social media, as part of the challenges faced by human rights in digital environments.
The report was conducted by the Undersecretariat for Human Rights and Cultural Pluralism of the City with contributions by ADC and four other civil society organizations: Observatorio Web, Chicos.net, Fundación Participación 360 and Centro por la Justicia y el Derecho Internacional (Center for Justice and International Law – CEJIL). It includes initiatives, proposals, and conclusions elaborated jointly throughout the current year.
ADC’s inputs were mainly related to online violence and discriminatory acts based on gender and sexual orientation; content moderation by Internet platforms; and digital literacy and cyber security. In addition, we put the data collected for our report More than words, which addresses hate speech from a legal and social perspective, at the disposal of all citizens.
“It was an extremely enriching activity, as it allowed us to get acquainted with other groups engaged in the fight against social media discrimination from different points of view. Problems such as online hate speech must be addressed in a comprehensive manner, in order to avoid measures that may affect fundamental rights such as freedom of expression,” said ADC researcher Eduardo Ferreyra. “The activity done and conclusions drawn from this process should serve as a roadmap to deepen our insight in further initiatives,” he added.
Thus, ADC continues networking for a digital environment free of violence and discrimination, which guarantees an effective exercise of human rights for all people, especially those belonging to groups in vulnerable situations.