Online Hate Activity Rises, Extremists Using Web 2.0 Technologies
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 29/05/2008 12:55
The Internet has recently experienced the largest increase in online hate activity in 10 years, according to a report released by a Jewish human-rights organization.
"The Simon Wiesenthal Center has been monitoring digital hate for nearly two decades," said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Wiesenthal Center. "As we begin our second decade, we find that as the Internet continues its historic expansion, extremists are keeping pace in the scope in technological sophistication of their efforts. In this election year, the Internet continues to be used to demean and threaten African Americans, Jews, immigrants, gays and virtually every religious denomination."
Hate 2.0: Hate groups, terrorists tap Web 2.0 to spread messages
While consumers and marketers have found that Web 2.0 technologies are a good way to forge closer ties and to virally spread content across the Internet, hate groups and terrorists are now increasingly turning to blogs, video sites and social networks with more sinister goals.
Buoyed mainly by Web 2.0 technologies, online hate activities have jumped 30% in the past year, according to a report released last week by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Jewish human rights organization. The report counted some 8,000 Web sites and numerous online posts promoting hate and terrorist activity.