Racism is the belief that characteristics and abilities can be attributed to people simply on the basis of their caste and that some racial groups are superior to others. Racism and discrimination have been used as powerful weapons encouraging fear or hatred of others in times of conflict and war, and even during economic downturns.
And while the World Wide Web is a great proponent for the ideals of free speech, it can also be a breeding ground harboring hatred. This is very serious as the number of hate sites that have sprung up in the recent years is shocking and also increasing at an alarming rate.There has been much talk of Internet sites hosting hate material. Some groups such as HateWatch have gone as far as buying racist domain names so that real racists cannot buy these domains themselves!
The Internet is the new medium for communications. It has been ideal to learn more information and get connected to others with similar interests. It has allowed more participation in social issues and even helped see the temporary derailing of the Multilateral Agreement on Investment, as well as promoting a number of large campaigns on a number of global, social issues.
However, while it may be easier to disseminate and receive diverse information, it is also subject to censorship itself, often by countries with political objectives in mind.