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Introducing DecontRamination mobile app to track hate speech in the public spaces

31. Mar. 2022

We are proud to present the DecontRamination mobile app, an app that allows you to monitor hate speech in public spaces and provide a concrete starting point for resistance against this hatred. 

We are currently witnessing a sharp increase in discriminatory speech and hate speech in media discourse, on social media and in parliamentary politics throughout Europe – the streets, walls, buildings and parks of our cities are unfortunately no exception.

This app helps you submit reports of hate speech you find anywhere in public spaces: in your local park, the wall next to your school/work, at your grandma’s place, next to your favourite coffee place… Maybe you see an anti-LGBT grafiiti, neo-nazi sticker, xenophobic poster. 

Now you can easily take a photo of it and submit it to the DecontRamination map and with that become more aware of the physical space you live in!

The primary target of this hatred, othering, negative stereotyping and stigmatisation are marginalised groups such as the LGBTIQ+ community, refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants, people of colour and Muslim women, to name a few. And not only that, besides hurting people who identify within those groups directly, it also normalises those types of hateful narratives in public spaces. 

Within the app you can also find information to whom to turn to for support if you are affected by the hate speech, or would like to furtherly engage to address these issues. 

Apart from hate speech, the app also allows you to submit “DecontRaminated” hate speech, hate speech whose meaning has been changed into something positive, and/or to submit speech that is positive and reinforcing towards those, often targeted marginalised groups. 

The app can be a great tool to open a conversation about hate speech, its consequences and/or provide support to those affected by it: it is engaging and simple to use: everyone can do it! 

You can download the free app for the Android phones from the Google Play store here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.decontramination The IOS app will be available by summer 2022. 

You can watch a short promo video on how to use the app here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxWjvj4TmU0 

The video was made during training about tackling hate speech. 

The mobile app has been created as a part of the Erasmus+ strategic partnership of INAR, Ireland, Loesje Berlin, Germany and Ljubljana Pride Association, Slovenia. More about the project you can find here: https://decontramination.org/