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8 September 2015

The South Australian Equal Opportunity Commission is hosting a cyber-racism forum in Adelaide tomorrow, 9 September.

Equal Opportunity Commissioner, Anne Gale, noting that the incidence of cyber-racism is on the rise, said the forum would provide an important and unique opportunity to share ideas on how to combat cyber-racism in the community.

“With the dramatic increase in the use of the internet and social networking sites, new arenas have been created in which discrimination, bullying and harassment can take place.”

“In order to build a fair and inclusive community, we need to work towards harnessing the positive potential of the Internet and social media to educate the community about racism.”

“Cyber-racism is not a problem that the Equal Opportunity Commission can tackle alone”, Commissioner Gale said. It is for that reason that we pleased to welcome the Race Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Tim Soutphommasane to Adelaide to speak at this event”.

The forum will explore current research, experiences of discrimination, bullying and harassment, and responses to cyber racism and racial vilification.

Other speakers include Detective Senior Sergeant Barry Blundell, Officer in Charge of the Electronic Crime Section from South Australia Police, and Ms Michelle Prak, an Adelaide based social media consultant.

The forum is a key part of the Commission’s work in implementing the National Anti-Racism Strategy to promote a clear understanding in the community about what racism is, and how it can be prevented and reduced.

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