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Capacity building workshop on countering hate speech and misinformation
Held on 28-29 August 2021 at Padakhep Institute of Development & Management (PIDM)

Bangladesh is facing huge problem in terms of freedom of expression, justice and rule of law. We have seen many incidents regarding hate speech and in the time of Covid situation misinformation has divided our society. In terms of hate speech, religious hate speech against women is a common issue which escalates offline and online violence. Bangladesh has seen many fatal violence incidents due to propaganda news and misinformation spread online through social media.

Through this workshop our objective was to build a youth activist group and enhance their capacity that they can counter hate-speech and limit spread of mis/dis-information online. And to facilitate the youth group to actively engage them for advocating on counter hate speech and spread of misinformation online and promote responsible use of the internet. 

This workshop was held at Padakhep Institute of Development & Management (PIDM) held on 28th and 29th August for two days long. This capacity building workshop was facilitated by Jyoti Chattopadhyay, Senior development activist; Saimum Reza Piyas, Senior Lecturer, BRAC University; Selim Samad, Senior Journalist; Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, Executive Director, VOICE; Zayed Siddiki, Project Coordinator, VOICE; Abtab Khan Shawon, Media Manager, VOICE.

The workshop provided hands-on training on hate speech, rumors, social media campaigns against misinformation, mobile journalism, content creation, and fact-checking techniques. Besides, Artificial Intelligence, big data, digital democracy, data protection were also discussed in different sessions.

This hands-on training helped them to create countering hate speech poster and infographic, case study on hate speech cases, social media contents for awareness, mobile journalisms videos and fact checking issues and how to apply them. Another focus of this training was to make understand this young changemaker about responsible use of internet. Using the Internet responsibly is to use its resources to help develop into a better person. The information you provide should build you up, encourage you, and provide a means to help others. It should not tear you down or make any kind of violence. End on this training participants were able to make some output based on topics. Outputs from participants are uploaded in counterhatespeech.net website on a continuous process and this website will be contributed by the youth activists.

Capacity building workshop on countering hate speech and misinformation

Held on 24-25September 2021 at Padakhep Institute of Development & Management (PIDM)

Bangladesh is facing huge challenges in freedom of expression, justice, rule of law, and governance, in particular. Society is completely divided and hates speech and mis/disinformation is pervasively spread, particularly, by the fundamental religious groups and divided youth groups along with political fronts. There are instances of fatal violence in Bangladesh in recent years against other religion which begun due to propaganda news and misinformation spread online through social media.

In such situation, our objective was to build an online youth activist group including youth, journalists, social activists, women and minority activists, netizens, young artists, writers, bloggers, filmmakers, photographers, cultural activists and university students through a Capacity Building Program, so that this group can engage themselves to build a unique online platform to counter hate speech and spread of misinformation. And facilitate the youth group to actively engage them for advocating on counter hate speech and spread of misinformation online and promote responsible use of the internet. 

This Capacity Building Workshop was facilitated and attended by Mr. Mainuddin Ahmed, Chief of Party Bangladesh, Counterpart International; Ms. Sharmin Khan, Legal Consultant at International Center, Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) and Ms. Shameem Ara Sheuli, Program Manager, Internews Network; as special guest. This workshop was facilitated by Siam Sarower Jamil, Senior development activist; Saimum Reza Piyas, Senior Lecturer, BRAC University; Sakira Parvin, Senior Lecturer, Stamford University Bangladesh; Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, Executive Director, VOICE; Zayed Siddiki, Project Coordinator, VOICE; Abtab Khan Shawon, Media Manager, VOICE; Nahian Ahmed Shah, Program Officer, VOICE.

This workshop provided hand on training on concepts of human rights, idea of hate speech and rumors, harmful effects of hate speech and misinformation, mobile journalism, social media and fact checking, social media campaign. Besides extensive surveillance and the right to security of personal information, fourth industrial revolution and democratic values these topics were discussed among young peoples in details.

This hands-on training helped them to create countering hate speech poster and infographic, case study on hate speech cases, social media contents for awareness, mobile journalisms videos and fact checking issues and how to apply them. Another focus of this training was to make understand this young changemaker about responsible use of internet. Using the Internet responsibly is to use its resources to help develop into a better person. The information you provide should build you up, encourage you, and provide a means to help others. It should not tear you down or make any kind of violence. End on this training participants were able to make some output based on topics. Output from participant would be uploaded in counterhatespeech.net website on a continues process and this website is dedicated to workshop participants output only.

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