The Toronto Star
Wednesday, March 24, 1999
page B3

Use Net to fight hatred, police urged

by Tanya Ho

Police should network with computer experts around the world to monitor the Internet for hate crimes, a symposium was told yesterday.

That was among the recommendations made at the end of the four-day forum on Internet hate sites organized by B'nai Brith Canada.

Other suggestions included setting up a national police Web site to disseminate anti-hate information and establishing clear-cut guidelines to enable police in Canada to charge offenders who spread hatred on the global computer network.

"Cyberspace has no borders or jurisdictions", Detective Dino Doria of the Toronto police hate crimes unit told the symposium.

With a computer and a phone line, hate-mongers can reach a worldwide audience quickly and cheaply. The Simon Wiesenthal Centre has estimated there are 1,475 Web sites spreading racist propaganda. Experts in policing, technology, education, and law also recommended:

"We will continue to take these recommendations to heart to ensure we counter hate, bigotry, discrimination. We'll do it together", said Dr. Karen Mock, national director of the League for Human Rights of B'nai Brith.

The second annual symposium marked Sunday's United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

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