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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 […]

Building Swahili Stop words Corpus for Computing

With Chris Orwa, Data Scientist, iHub Research iHub Research commenced phase two of Umati, the online hate speech monitoring project, in January 2014 with the aim of understanding how online conversations evolve over time in an election cycle and; detecting dangerous speech – speech with the potential to catalyse violence. In order to improve efficiency […]

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

Towards the end of January, iHub Research, with generous support from Internews, hosted the #UmatiForum: The Many Faces of Online Hate Speech in Kenya, a public conversation on the nature of online hate speech in Kenya. The Umati Project has been studying this to better understand the hate speech dynamic in Kenya and how it […]

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