Report Notes Growth in Internet Hate and Terror Sites

The Internet has enabled revolutions in the Middle East and changed the way people communicate. It has also become a tool for hate groups and terrorists. A new report by the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles suggests that the problem is worsening.

Rick Eaton, a senior researcher for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, points to some of the 15,000 websites scrutinized in this year's "Digital Terrorism and Hate" report. He says Internet forums offer a wealth of information for would-be terrorists.

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Canadian Court upholds human rights tribunal’s powers

Even as the Supreme Court curtailed the powers of the federal human rights body last month, the Federal Court of Appeal has gone in a different direction in ruling that Canadian Human Rights Tribunal orders carry similar weight to court orders and can lead to contempt findings on their own.

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The website is awash with neo-Nazi symbolism and even sarcastically refers to the notorious Mauthausen concentration camp as Austria's largest open-air museum. But attempts to cripple the xenophobic "Alpen-Donau" forum have been hindered by the fact it's housed on a U.S. server, an example of how free speech on one side of the Atlantic can help spread hate speech on the other. Austria bans Nazi glorification and Holocaust denial. In the United States nearly unrestricted freedom of speech rights are considered a cornerstone of democracy.

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