Section 18C: How will online speech change in Australia?

Posted in: Government & Policy at 23/06/2014 13:28

As the Australian government considers a repeal of Section 18C of its Racial Discrimination Act, we speak to experts about the effect such a change could make to racist speech online.

Some Internet service providers voluntarily remove online content that contains hate speech or racial vilification. Others only do so under government or court order. With the federal government releasing a draft legislation to repeal section 18C from the Racial Discrimination Act how will service providers respond to reports of cyber racism on their networks?

Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act has been used in the past to shut down websites that promote racial vilification. The law has acted in a way to protect people from material that offends, insults, humiliates and intimidates people based on their race or ethnicity.

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