This research, conducted by Dr. Emmanuel Choquette, postdoctoral researcher at the UNESCO PREV Chair, aims to develop tools to fight against the circulation of hate speech and its negative effects on social and political attitudes, especially among youth. The study is developed in three axes, which aim to answer three main questions:

  • Which communities and categories of individuals are most likely to be targeted by hate speech?
  • How can we define the concepts of “counter discourse” or “counter narrative”?
  • What are the most effective communication strategies for developing effective “counter narratives”?

Trough this research, we want to develop a multi-faceted digital platform, including video clips, articles and data on the issue of hate speech, to inform and educate youth on this issue. Ultimately, we hope to see this tool circulate in high schools and colleges.