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MIC 11 | Hate speech vs free speech

Freedom, Responsibility and Public Debate

We hosted David Hall, Senior Researcher at The Policy Observatory at AUT and an Associate Investigator at Te Punaha Mātatini at the MIC 11 event in October 2019. David has written extensively on hate speech following his PhD in Philosophy in Politics at Oxford, and is particularly passionate about New Zealand’s terms of public engagement since the March 15 terror attacks in Christchurch.

On the night he and Alex Penk discussed what we mean by hate speech, why free speech matters, the duties we owe each other when we speak and when we decide to limit speech, and what the Government review into hate speech laws should do.

DAVID HALL  is a writer, editor and policy researcher based in Auckland. He has written for various publications, including the New Zealand Listener, Pantograph Punch, The Journal for Urgent Writing, and Auckland Art Gallery’s Reading Room Journal. He is currently working on the Christchurch Principles, a project for the 2019 Paris Peace Forum, which proposes a democratic response to dangerous online content. He has a D.Phil in Politics from the University of Oxford and currently holds the role of Senior Researcher at The Policy Observatory, AUT.

If you missed the event and wish to listen to what was said on the night, go to our podcast page to listen to the conversation. There, you can also find other interesting conversations we’ve hosted with a variety of guests. 

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