Mitigating Online Radicalization and Hate-Speech

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The project is addressing the process of radicalization, leading to violent extremism in the online sphere. With the spread of global pandemics, many aspects of life have transferred to the online area. So did the attempts to radicalize young people towards violent extremism. Online radicalization is not a novelty, but it gained momentum amid the COVID-19 crisis. 

The phenomenon is undoubtedly not a new one, and several stakeholders are working on this and related issues. Our ambition is to provide a platform for more comprehensive cooperation on the intersection of addressing radicalization in the online sphere and youth, and we try to look for synergies rather than overlaps.

The project, therefore, aims to strengthen the resilience of young people – future leaders from vulnerable communities – against radicalization and extremism by their mobilization and activation directly in their communities. The resilience of young people will be strengthened via developing their critical thinking and online disinformation awareness. The impact of the project will consist of the creation of a network of active young people, who will work as multipliers of the project’s ideas and goals in their respective communities thus supporting the official policies addressing radicalization and violent extremism in particular project countries. 

The main project’s objective will be achieved through activation and strengthening of capacities of identified young leaders who are interested in becoming visible actors against radicalization in their communities. Young leaders will get familiar with how online radicalization functions, its psychology, how to „arm“ themselves with counter-narratives against extremist rhetoric/propaganda, they will be taught where to get further help and how to help themselves, their friends who may be in the immediate danger of radicalization. Trainings’ curricula will also focus on the development of critical thinking, disinformation in online sphere awareness, and strategic communication. 

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First Online Workshop

Between 26-27 February, 2021 the Humanity in Action Bosnia and Herzegovina, in cooperation with partners AIE Serve and Strategic Analysis organized the First Online Workshop for active young leaders from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lebanon and Slovakia. 

 Topics covered by the interactive workshop were the following:

  • Radicalization and Violent Extremism: Discussing Radicalization Based on Practical Experience, Lukás Zorád, PDCS Slovakia
  • Bread Crumbs, Rabbit Holes and Where They Can Take Us, Tijana Cvetićanin, Istinomjer and U. G. Zašto Ne, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Multiculturalism and Radicalization, Jean-Paul Chami, AIE Serve, Lebanon
  • Be Part of the Solution, Milica Pralica, Oštra Nula, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Narratives and Counter-Narratives of Extremist Propaganda in the Online Sphere, Samet Shabani, Horizon Civitas, North Macedonia

Second Online Workshop

Between March 12-13, 2021 the Humanity in Action Bosnia and Herzegovina, in cooperation with partners AIE Serve and Strategic Analysis organized the Second Online Workshop for active young leaders from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lebanon and Slovakia. 

 Topics covered by the interactive workshop were the following:

  • Critical Thinking, Critical Perceptions and Deeper Understanding of Communications, Katarina Klingova, GLOBSEC Policy Institute
  • The Giraffe in US, Ali Mahmoud, AIE Serve
  • Soft Skills, Mariya Georgieva and Gergely Lovasz, LEAF Academy
  • Stereotypes and Prejudice: Origins and Functions, Sabina Cehajic-Clansy
  • Hate Speech Against Women with a Discussion of Sexist Hate Speech, Zlatiborka Popov-Momcinovic

Advanced Online Workshop

Between May 17-19, 2021 the Humanity in Action Bosnia and Herzegovina, in cooperation with partners AIE Serve and Strategic Analysis organized the Advanced Online Workshop for active young leaders from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lebanon and Slovakia. 

 Topics covered by the interactive workshop were the following:

  • Social Activism- Fight for the Rights for the Invisible, Anja Jusic, The Forgotten Children of War
  • Community Mobilization and Engagement, Afif Tabsh, AIE Serve
  • Argumentation and Debating, Ivana Kesic, Education Program Manager
  • Preventing Youth Radicalization in the Western Balkans- Research Review, Jan Cingel, Strategic Analysis
  • Challenges of De-Radicalization and Engagement in the Community, Svetlana Stanarevic, University of Belgrade

In addition to the lectures, participants presented their project ideas.

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