Citizens and Noncitizens

In the European landscape, the escalating prevalence of online hate speech poses an increasingly formidable challenge for national governments. The FAST-LISA project, funded by the EU Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values Program – CERV, endeavors to address this challenge by tackling the elusiveness of hate speech and the inefficiency of existing reporting and counteracting mechanisms. It achieves this through collaboration among young people, academics, experts, local authorities, and NGOs/CSOs/Associations focused on social inclusion. The project’s aim is to develop a consolidated, cross-border standard protocol tailored for local authorities, emphasizing the multidisciplinary use of IT tools, legal expertise, and active citizen participation.

Within the project, the Consortium has developed the FAST LISA dashboard, a specialized pedagogical tool that integrates cutting-edge analysis covering legal, linguistic, and sociological aspects of online hate speech. It incorporates sentiment analysis and artificial intelligence algorithms to classify content and generate visualizations on community maps, facilitating the detection of potentially harmful content.

The objective of the final event in Brussels is to foster the exchange of best practices and provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the project’s tools and methodologies, particularly the Dashboard. The event will include a practical demonstration of the Dashboard’s capabilities and showcase results derived from the analysis of hate speech data, offering insight into its functionalities.

As a result of this simulation, every participating institution will be equipped to employ a similar methodology for policy advancement, hate speech identification, and user rights-protection using real-time detection tools. The Dashboard will serve as a valuable resource for both changemakers and policymakers, enabling community-level initiatives and facilitating reforms in local regulations and practices regarding public intervention.

Guests will participate anonymously, and all data will be handled in compliance with GDPR privacy regulations.

Some migrants are not interested in Italian politics and do not know its regulations, remaining more attached to what happens in their country of origin. For the new generations born in Italy, or who ar-rived at a young age, the country of origin is seen as a distant place, in which they do not recognize themselves, finding more of their identity in their country of residence, where, however, they remain excluded from the possibility of actively participating in political life and fully enjoying civil rights.

Despite residing in Italy for many years, the same exclusion from political participation and the exercise of civil rights is also found for the first generations, many of whom have been living on Ita-lian territory for decades.
Granting or obtaining Italian citizenship becomes the only means of ensuring the foreigner’s political participation, a goal that cannot be taken for granted given the difficulties of the administrative process and the variables of acquisition.

Based on this reflection, do you think that granting the right to vote to non-EU citizens in your Country would bring advantages or disadvantages within the state system?

Participation rules:

  1. Sharing any references to your own or others’ personal data is not allowed. This includes personal information such as names, phone numbers, and other sensitive details like emotional states, political or religious beliefs, physical or mental health status, and information about sexual orientation.
  2. Publishing content that is directly or indirectly offensive and discriminatory is not allowed. This includes any comments that are obscene, vulgar, defamatory, or incite hatred, xenophobia, intimidation, and sexism.
  3. Personal and direct criticism of other users or moderators is not allowed. Criticizing the content of their comments and the topic of discussion is permitted, but offensive comments about the person are not, even if you disagree with their opinion.
  4. Direct or indirect references to other citizens are not allowed. References to public figures and institutions are permitted, but only when relevant to the discussion and in a respectful, non-offensive, and non-discriminatory manner.
  5. Direct or indirect promotion of economic activities or other forms of advertising is not allowed.

These rules are designed to promote an inclusive, respectful, and constructive online environment during the public consultation.

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