Regulating hate speech online

BANKS, James (2010). Regulating hate speech online. International Review of Law, Computers and Technology, 24 (3), 233-239.

Banks_regulating_hate_speech.pdf - Draft Version

Download (255kB) | Preview


The exponential growth in the Internet as a means of communication has been emulated by an increase in far-right and extremist web sites and hate based activity in cyberspace. The anonymity and mobility afforded by the Internet has made harassment and expressions of hate effortless in a landscape that is abstract and beyond the realms of traditional law enforcement. This paper examines the complexities of regulating hate speech on the Internet through legal and technological frameworks. It explores the limitations of unilateral national content legislation and the difficulties inherent in multilateral efforts to regulate the Internet. The paper develops to consider how technological innovations can restrict the harm caused by hate speech while states seek to find common ground upon which to harmonise their approach to regulation. Further, it argues that a broad coalition of government, business and citizenry is likely to be most effective in reducing the harm caused by hate speech.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Law and Criminology Research Group
Depositing User: James Banks
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2013 15:19
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2015 17:22

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics