Learn, Engage, Act – Digital Tools to Prevent and Counter Hate Speech Online – LEAD-Online

The project LEAD-Online addresses young people, teachers and media professionals and their ability to think critically and be media literate when it comes to dealing with the problem of hate speech online (HSO).

The aim of the project is to empower participants to become agents of change.

The approach of LEAD-Online will be piloted in 7 countries and aims to:

  • Develop a Training Programme which will teach participants to recognize hateful discourses and underlying forms of intolerance prejudices and discrimination;
  • Provide social actors with innovative digital tools to classify, decode and counter Hate Speech Online;
  • Open up spaces for discussion of Hate Speech Online, promoting attitudes and behaviours that respect human rights and values.

Future Needs participates in the development of the Training Programme, of the Digital Tools and of Discussion Spaces and will pilot these among young people aged 14-19, educators, journalists, social media activists, b/vloggers, civil society organisations and internet service providers in Cyprus.

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Future Needs also leads the work package for communication and dissemination. Our ultimate purpose is to ensure that project deliverables are widely distributed, adopted, and used by beneficiaries and stakeholders. To achieve this, we will create a strong online presence, organize in-person events, and leverage multimedia tools to raise awareness around the problem the project targets and the solutions it offers.

During the project:

  • Over 4000 young people and educators will participate in interactive learning on the topics of human rights and activism against Hate Speech Online.
  • Through the digital tools and online game to be developed over 3500 users will learn to denounce hate messages in an online environment.
  • Over 1400 participants will engage in more than 20 public LEAD-Online Talks and gain new awareness of the wide implications of Hate Speech Online.
  • All project participants will gain access to international networks and resources for countering hate speech beyond the duration of the project.

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