Fighting online hate with empathy, understanding and resilience

 

The SOMEONE initiative has:

  • 34,000+ views on SOMEONE website since its launch in 2016.
  • 4,800+ attendees at public events held over 3 continents.
  • 9,200+ unique visitors from 118 countries.

Since its creation in 2015, project SOMEONE (SOcial Media EducatiON Every day) and partners have hosted and participated in many local, national and international activities. As SOMEONE has grown, so has its radius of participation.  These events have taken various forms including workshops, panels, concerts and public talks.

Between 2015 and February 2018, 33 events took place in the province of Quebec—inside and outside the Montreal metropolitan area—while 10 more took place in other Canadian provinces involving about 3,800 people in audience. Reaching an additional audience of approximately 1,700 individuals beyond national borders, SOMEONE also took part in 16 international activities in the US, Europe and South America. Additionally, audience participants have attended internationally from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

In collaboration with partners that include (but are not limited to) schools and school boards, local and international organisations, NGOs, governmental organisations, human right groups and different Universities, SOMEONE maintains an active public presence to offer policy makers like members of the broader public strategies to develop critical thinking and informed literacy skills to negotiate events of hate speech encountered in online and offline spaces.

With its 11 projects developed by collaborative research practitioners, SOMEONE also offers educational institutions a variety of curricular activities meant to open dialogue on hate speech. While doing so, SOMEONE tailors those projects to best suit the needs of the communities with which it works.

Check back soon for news on our partner programmes.

 

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