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Wed, Mar 15


Countering Extremism and Hate Speech in Gaming & Esports

As part of a larger initiative by the SCF to develop a holistic response model to counter online extremism, we will be hosting a virtual workshop in partnership with Games for Change to learn more about the latest trends and develop methods to counter the spread of extremism in gaming.

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Countering Extremism and Hate Speech in Gaming & Esports
Countering Extremism and Hate Speech in Gaming & Esports

Time & Location

Mar 15, 2023, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM GMT+4

About the Event

Multi-player games and e-sports are pervasive in our modern technological society. With the ubiquity of smartphones in the hands of increasingly younger children these games and platforms open up larger and larger portions of our population to unsupervised virtual spaces. While games and e-sports serve as a creative outlet and a space for virtual friendship and comradery, their inherently unsupervised nature also opens them up as ideal platforms for the spread of extremist ideology and hate speech.

The Secure Communities Forum, in partnership with Games for Change and Singapore University of Social Sciences, is proud to invite you to a virtual workshop titled "Countering Extremism and Hate Speech in Gaming & Esports: Trends and Developments".

We will bring together leading global experts in extremism, hate speech, gaming, and public safety in order to explore how extremism and hate speech propagate on gaming platforms and ecosystems, with the aim of brainstorming deployable methods and tactics to effectively and durably counter this security challenge.

Speakers include

  1. Amal Alblooshi, Digital Wellbeing Program Lead
  2. Susanna Pollack, President of Games for Change
  3. Dr. Omer Ali Saifudeen, Head Military Studies Minor/Senior Lecturer, Public Safety and Security Programme, School of Humanities and Behavioural Sciences, SUSS
  4. Jason Rosensweig, Director of Legislative Affairs and Policy, Illinois Department of Human Rights | Commissioner, Illinois Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes
  5. Nicholas Khoo, Co-founder and Former Chairman of Singapore's Cybersports and Online Gaming Association (SCOGA)
  6. Rachel Kowert PhD, Research Director, Take This
  7. Dr. Constance Steinkuehler, Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Belfer Fellow Game Design & Interactive Media Program Chair, Games+Learning+Society (GLS) Center Co-Director, Professor of Informatics University of California, Irvine

This project takes place in the context of a larger Secure Communities Forum Initiative to develop a response model to extremism online. We have compiled an expert team of global professionals to develop this response model and this event will serve to brief them on the subject of online gaming. 

Whether you are a gamer, public safety official, technologist, community leader, or another stakeholder, all are invited to RSVP for this virtual workshop and contribute to the discussion. 

You can join the event at the link below:

Webinar ID: 838 4179 0672

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