Creators for Change: The Raqīb Taskforce
ShareSomeGood is part of an international “Creators for Change” campaign supported by YouTube and its parent company Google. We will be showcasing the first series of films from this campaign over the coming months.
Sixty percent of Australian adults report experiencing some form of online abuse in their lifetime. Twenty-five percent have been threatened online with physical violence, and almost eighteen percent have experienced race-based offensive or degrading messages and comments online.
These worrying research findings by RMIT and Latrobe University have inspired a new campaign to combat online abuse. ShareSomeGood is part an international “Creators for Change” campaign supported by YouTube and its parent company Google.
Young Aussie filmmakers answer the call
Campaign coordinators put a callout to young Australian filmmakers from all backgrounds to share their visions and ideas on how best to combat the anger being seen and heard on the internet.
Fifteen contributions were short-listed to kickstart the ShareSomeGood campaign. The first videos come from NSW, with most of them made in Sydney, but next time YouTube wants to hear from filmmakers from everywhere.
Division in communities not diversity creates hatred and hatred promotes #extremism of all sorts.”
– Creators for Change: Raqib Taskforce
This month we are featuring the Raqīb Taskforce, an organisation committed to creating a #positive #counternarrative within #Australian society. Their community engagement representatives are role models and ‘champions’ who are able to connect with the young people in a relatable way, and dispel the myths that inform pro-extremist messages. Through their people, programs and particularly the champions they seek to build community resilience.
“To counter the negative, alienating and harmful narratives that foster extremist thought, we need a strong counter-narrative online and on the ground, that promotes #socialinclusion and #diversity. Division in communities not diversity creates hatred and hatred promotes #extremism of all sorts.” (Raqib Taskforce statement).
Young Australians creating new content to counter hate speech part of YouTube