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May 2

Lecture and Panel Discussion

Location: Webster Vienna Private University, Vienna, Austria

On May 4th, 2018, ICDO partnered with a diverse team of students from the International Webster University in Vienna to host a lecture and panel discussion supporting the “No Home for Hate” campaign.


The event brought together like-minded individuals to discuss issues such as the forces behind hate speech, social media’s effects on the perception of women in society, censorship’s relationship to hate speech worldwide, strategies for combating hate speech, personal experiences, and more.

The event included a welcome address by Dr. Bradley Wiggins, Head of the Media department at Webster Vienna Private University and Dr. Anthony Löwstedt, ICDO advisee and Professor of Media Communications at Webster University.

A presentation followed about the online campaign “No Home for Hate” by media ethics students Julia Shaubach and ICDO Media Communications Intern, Ellen Adams. The Presentation highlighted examples of hate speech seen in online platforms in Austria, such as the story of Vienna’s New Year’s baby, Asel born to Muslim parents Naime and Alper Tamga. Read more on their story here.


The panel discussion featured:

  • Mag. Verena Fabris, Beratungstelle Extremismus, the No Hate Speech Komitee in Austria,
  • Lukas Gottschamel, Beratungstelle fur Opfer un Zeug*innen von Rassismus, Beratungstelle #GegenHassimNetz, ZARA-Zivilcourage and Anti-Rassismus-Arbeit
  • Josipa Palac, ICDO President
  • Kim Cooper, singer/composer and Reverend from New York
  • Heather Wokusch, moderator and women’s rights expert

“We have real-life examples [of hate speech] all over the place and sometimes people do think it is easier to pick on women.”, said Heather Wokush.

We hope that with the efforts from the No Home for Hate campaign, the conference, ICDO, and other actors, these dynamics change and hate speech disappears from the public forum in the coming years.