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Speaker Series: The Rise of Cyber Racism

Australian Human Rights Commission - Race Discrimination

Tuesday, 17 September 2019 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (AEST)

Speaker Series: The Rise of Cyber Racism

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The internet has changed the ways in which people communicate, enabling ideas and images to spread quickly between large numbers of people all over the world. While this increased freedom of information-sharing has usually been used in a positive way, in some cases it has also been used to disseminate content that is offensive, threatening, violent and abusive.  In fact, internationally, the number of internet and social-networking sites devoted to racism, hate and militancy has been found to be on the increase.[1]


During the Race Discrimination Commissioner’s national consultations with the Australian Muslim community, concerns about the increase in cyber racism has been a key theme.  Community members noted that the Muslim community was often used as click bait by online media outlets who are targeting sections of the Australian public.  This negative narrative is then propagated through social media echo chambers and, as recent incidents have demonstrated, increasingly manifesting in real life.


[1] Ellen Messmer, Racism, hate, militancy sites proliferating via social networking, Network World, 29 May 2009; Simon Wiesenthal Centre for Tolerance, Digital Terrorism and Hate 2010.



 Professor Kevin Dunn


Guest Speaker: Professor Kevin Dunn (Western Sydney University)

Professor Kevin Dunn (FNGS; FRSN) is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Western Sydney University. He is responsible for global rankings, researcher development and WesternXeD. He was Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Psychology between 2012 and 2019. He joined Western Sydney University in 2008 as Professor of Human Geography and Urban Studies. His areas of research include the racism and anti-racism, immigration and settlement, Islam in Australia, and local government and multiculturalism. Recent books include Cyber Racism and Community Resilience and Landscapes: Ways of Imagining the World, and his recent articles are published in New Media and Society, Geoforum, Geographical Research, Australian Journal of Islamic Studies and the Urban Policy and Research. He is a Fellow of the New South Wales Geographical Society and past President. For fifteen years he has lead the national and multi-agency Challenging Racism Project.



Professor Andrew Jakubowicz

Guest Speaker: Professor Andrew Jakubowicz (University of Technology Sydney)

Dr Andrew Jakubowicz, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Technology Sydney, was chief investigator on the five-university Cyber Racism and Community Resilience research project (CRaCR) (2011-2017), funded by The Australian Research Council, the Australian Human Rights Commission, and VicHealth. He has been involved as a broadcaster with a range of programs around racism, multiculturalism and social conflict, including Once Upon a Time in Cabramatta. Most recently he has been involved with a project that examines how the Australian media has failed Indigenous political aspirations, and the question of diversity in Australian media regulation. He writes on issues associated with cyber racism on The Conversation, where his contributions have attracted over 250,000 readers. 


Please regsiter now for the Australian Human Rights Commission's Speaker Series Event as part of the Race Discrimination Team's project, Sharing the Stories of Australian Muslims.

The Survey is LIVE! Sharing the Stories of Australian Muslims: National Survey takes 15 minutes to complete to share your experiences of Islamophobia, racism and related intolerances. Please click on this link to fill in the survey:, Please share on your social media, and email your networks. 

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Australian National Maritime Museum
2 Murray Street
Pyrmont, NSW 2000

Tuesday, 17 September 2019 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (AEST)

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Australian Human Rights Commission - Race Discrimination

Australian Human Rights Commission 

Telephone: (02) 9284 9600  TTY: 1800 620 241

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