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#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 […]

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 […]

Online Activity Has Potential To Escalate Election Violence

Nairobi, 31st January 2013 – Umati, a project of iHub Research and Ushahidi, has produced a pioneering collection of inflammatory speech, posted online by Kenyans in the past three months, as our presidential elections draw near. We embarked on this effort because of the influence that new media and social media apparently had on the […]

Online Community’s responsibility in curbing dangerous speech

Guest Editorial :  By Jessica Musila As Kenya heads to its most complex election ever on 4th March 2013, the role of Kenya’s online community especially on social media is a point of concern. While the level of innovation demonstrated by the online community in establishing useful tools encouraging people to get involved with the […]

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