Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP190100266 [ 2019-06-30 - 2023-12-31 ]

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Researchers: Professor Katharine Gelber (Chief Investigator)

Brief description Assessing the harms of online speech. This project aims to clarify the ways in which online speech can inflict harm. It is accepted in speech-act theory that speech is conduct that is capable of inflicting harm. This project aims to map and compare legal cases in which there was disagreement over the nature of the speech at issue because it occurred online. It will assess the harms of that speech from the perspective of speech-act theory, and the findings will be applied to the democratic argument in favour of free speech. This project should lead to societal benefits in reducing expressive harms, and cultural benefits in enhancing all users' ability to participate in important, legitimating deliberation online.

Funding Amount $174,435

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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