Senators Briefed on Internet Hate

  • September 10, 2004

As a follow-up to the landmark OSCE Conference on Hate on the Internet in Paris, ADL experts addressed a Capitol Hill gathering on September 9, 2004 to discuss how governments, industry and advocates could partner to curb online hate. The session was sponsored by U.S. Senators George Allen, R-VA, and Ron Wyden, D-OR, and co-hosted by ADL and the French Embassy.

French Ambassador H.E. Jean David Levitte, Senator Wyden, and Daniel Alter, ADL Director of Civil Rights, introduced the session, which addressed the complex legal and technological issues that must be overcome in combating Internet hate. The Panelists included Christopher Wolf, Chair of ADL’s Internet Task Force and Partner, Proskauer Rose; Markham Erickson, General Counsel for NetCoalition, and Brian Marcus, ADL Director of Internet Monitoring.

Participants in the session on Internet hate included (from left) Christopher Wolf, Chair of ADL's Internet Task Force; Brian Marcus, ADL Director of Internet Monitoring; French Ambassador Jean David Levitte; Daniel Alter, ADL Civil Rights Director; and Markham Erickson, General Counsel for NetCoalition.

Panelists agreed that government, industry and nongovernmental organizations need to work together – even in vastly different frameworks. International differences can be bridged, and all players can agree on a common set of principals regarding hate online that respect the differences, but still seek to expose hate, get industry to act on sites that violate their terms of service and to educate parents, educators and kids about what to do when they encounter hate online.