UN human rights investigators increase tracking of Internet hate speech

Félim McMahon quoted in The Boston Globe, November 27, 2018

Félim McMahon, who directs the technology and human rights program at the University of California at Berkeley law school’s Human Rights Center, described the United Nations’ pace of reform as ‘‘turning several battleships tied together.’’

The United Nations’ human rights office, however, has now realized, ‘‘We need to have our small teams, not just in the field, but on the Internet,’’ McMahon said.

‘‘This is essentially putting the UN at the cutting edge of this investigative opportunity. In terms of arriving at the scene of a crime, they are going to be the first ones there,’’ he added.