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Umati Phase II : Findings from July- September 2013 Monitoring Period

The Umati project seeks to understand the dissemination of hate and dangerous speech in the Kenyan online space. During the 2007 general election in Kenya, when Internet penetration in the country was still quite low, mobile text messages (SMS) were sent to incite the public to violence that left over 1,1oo people  dead and about […]

Umati Project: Challenges of Capturing Relevant Data

As part of our Umati Project, which recently released its final report from Phase 1, we have been collecting online hate speech found on social media, forums, and online newspapers. The process, which was initially envisioned to be an automated process, turned out to be quite manual due to the nuanced nature of the speech […]

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