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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Trans-national Right-Wing Extremism and Digital Disinformation

The CHBE would like to thank our partners, panellists, and attendees for their participation in our recent webinar on Trans-national Right-Wing Extremism and Digital Disinformation. We invite you all to view the event in in it's entirety below.

We warmly welcome you to attend the Trans-national Right-Wing Extremism and Digital Disinformation Webinar series co-organized by the Intersectionality Research Hub (Concordia University), the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism (Ontario Tech University), and the Institute of Islamic Studies (University of Toronto) and supported by Infoscape Lab (Ryerson University), The Canadian Disinformation Project (Simon Fraser University) and Algorithmic Media Observatory (Concordia University).

The webinar series brings together scholars from across Canada to share their research on how right-wing extremists based in Canada and around the world use and exploit the affordances of social media platforms to advance their worldview. Please see the Eventbrite pages to learn more about and register for the webinar series:

Webinar 1 - Thursday February 24, 6:00pm-8:30pm - Digital Disinformation and Right-Wing Extremism

This webinar focuses on the definition, drivers, content and consequences of digital disinformation. Panelists Ahmed Al-Rawi, Megan Boler, Merlyna Lim, and Fenwick McKelvey examine the role of algorithms, artificial intelligence, and other system-level factors that enable the flow of right-wing extremist disinformation across mainstream and fringe online platforms.

Webinar 2 - Thursday March 17, 6:00pm-8:30pm - Right-Wing Extremism: Hate and Harm, Online and Off

This webinar focuses on the rise of right-wing extremism in Canada and internationally, and considers the national and transnational digital development, spread, and impact of this movement. Panelists Barbara Perry, Ganaele Langlois, Greg Elmer, and Sibo Chen consider how right-wing extremist and alt-right politics have been enabled and emboldened by digital technologies and scrutinize Canada’s online ecosystem of harmful and hateful disinformation.

Webinar 3 - Thursday April 21, 6:00pm-8:30pm - Right-Wing Extremist Islamophobic Disinformation

This webinar focuses on right-wing extremism and contemporary Islamophobia and probes how far Right actors use the Internet and social media platforms to perpetuate Islamophobic digital discourse. Panelists Yasmin Jiwani, Zeinab Farokhi, Tanner Mirrlees and Samuel Tanner examine the emotional and rhetorical tactics used by right-wing extremists to spread Islamophobia across platforms and scrutinize how algorithms and bots work to amplify and intensify the flow of hateful and harmful disinformation about Muslims in society.