Edmonton introduces will identify and report hate symbols

Edmonton introduces will identify and report hate symbols

Edmonton officers have a new tool to identify and track hate symbols in the city, in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

The City of Edmonton has developed a new tool that they say will help track and respond effectively to hate incidents.

The City of Edmonton has developed a new tool that they say will help track and respond effectively to hate incidents.

 

The tool, called “Lighthouse,” includes a phone app that allows frontline workers to take pictures of potential hate symbols, which are then stored with a timestamp and geolocation to help identify patterns.

“This app allows the city to recognize trends related to hate and respond more effectively to protect its citizens,” said ADL’s vice president Oren Segal. “We must always be vigilant against hate and extremism, and Edmonton’s Lighthouse shines the way.”

The city recently amended its public spaces bylaw to include harassment on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity, as well as non-verbal communication such as gestures and hate symbols.

Tracking hate: city of Edmonton introduces tool to identify and report hate symbols

The city will also provide ADL access to the tool for the organization’s use and potentially for other chapters and organizations across the country.

However, the app and data collected will not be available to the public, and the city advises anyone who encounters a hate symbol to report it to 311.

Source: Global News – Stephanie Swensrude

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