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Cyber Racism

What you Say Matters

What you Say Matters

The What you Say Matters project aims to increase understanding of racism among young people (14-17 years) and help them to respond safely to racism through youth-targeted resources.

The resources include a video clip for the song, ‘What You Say Matters’, performed by Indigenous hip-hop artist Brothablack and a  series of downloadable fact sheets. The fact sheets address topics such as what racism is; why people are racist; who experiences racism; where it happens; why it’s a problem; what we can do about it and the laws that address it.

Cyber Racism

What is cyber-racism?

Racism can take many forms, such as jokes or comments that cause offence or hurt; name-calling or verbal abuse; harassment or intimidation, or public commentary that inflames hostility towards certain groups.
When racism takes place online it is known as cyber-racism. Cyber-racism can include words and images and may be communicated via websites, blogs and social networking sites, videos or email.

Human rights and the Internet

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The Internet provides unparalleled opportunities for the promotion and advancement of certain rights

Cyber Racism

On the internet, cyber-racism can take the form of a website itself, its written content, its images, blogs, videos and on-line comments. Additionally, racist comments, images or language in text messages, on social networking sites or in emails are also examples of cyber racism.

2010 Media Release: Cyber-racism to go under the spotlight today

Race Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes, noting that the incidence of cyber-racism is on the rise, said the Summit would be an important and unique opportunity to share ideas with people who may not normally have the opportunity to work together.

Communiqué from the Cyber-racism Summit

On 27 April 2010, the Australian Human Rights Commission and Internet Industry Association hosted a one day Summit to start a conversation about the issue of cyber-racism and to work together to develop effective solutions.