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Online Dangerous Speech Monitoring in Kenya: Umati Project’s Findings from January – November 2013.

2013 was a rather eventful year in Kenya, with the elections (conducted under a new constitutional dispensation) and the subsequent settling in into new governance structures(devolution), the ICC cases against the President, Deputy President and a radio journalist on their alleged roles in the 2007/8 Post-Election Violence. Alongside these political happenings, the rising cases of […]

Speech: What’s Dangerous, and What’s Not?

With much happening in Kenya’s political scene that has many wary of the kind of speech being used in some of the rallies, and by some influential speakers most notably politicians, it is worth taking a step back and assessing what freedom of speech means, and its bounds. The term hate speech does not have […]

The Evolving Scope of the Umati Project

Set up in September 2012 ahead of Kenya’s 2013 general elections, the Umati project sought to identify the use and role of social media in propagating hate speech online, something that at the time no other monitoring group was looking into. In particular, we set out to identify a particular subset of hate speech (a […]

#UmatiForum: The Many Faces of Online Hate Speech in Kenya

What do Kenyans understand hate speech to be? What events and issues influence hate speech online? Who/what are the key drivers of online hate speech in Kenya? Has online hate speech catalyzed offline (violent) events? These are some of the guiding questions for the Umati Project, which seeks to identify and understand the use of dangerous […]

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 […]

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