Monitoring online dangerous speech

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iHub ResearchBy / Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:18:33 +0000

Umati’s Tech Evolution

Umati LogoBy Sidney Ochieng The Umati Project is iHub Research’s effort to monitor dangerous speech online. Currently in phase 2, we’ve expanded the scope of the project, from merely monitoring instances of dangerous speech online, to analyzing how online public conversations take place over time, and how some of it veers towards dangerous speech. Read on […]

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iHub ResearchBy / Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:55:15 +0000

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 […]

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iHub ResearchBy / Thu, 26 Jun 2014 05:07:46 +0000

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 […]

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iHub ResearchBy / Mon, 02 Jun 2014 08:49:09 +0000

The Evolving Scope of the Umati Project

UmatiLogo(1) copySet 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 […]

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iHub ResearchBy / Sat, 29 Mar 2014 07:42:02 +0000

Report: Countering Dangerous Speech during Kenyan elections

Susan BeneschProfessor Susan Benesch, a Faculty Associate of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and research advisor on the Umati project has released a report describing a set of violence prevention methods carried out in Kenya during the national elections of 2013, to counter inflammatory speech and limit its power to inflame audiences, while protecting […]

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iHub ResearchBy / Thu, 06 Mar 2014 13:58:44 +0000

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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iHub ResearchBy / Tue, 21 Jan 2014 08:49:21 +0000

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

Feb-20 (1)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 […]

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iHub ResearchBy / Fri, 22 Nov 2013 14:22:51 +0000

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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iHub ResearchBy / Mon, 04 Nov 2013 18:47:32 +0000

New Draft AU Convention on Confidence and Security in Cyberspace that you should review

Source: AUBy: Faith Morara & Nanjira Sambuli (Umati) A draft convention, dubbed the “African Union Convention on Confidence and Security in Cyberspace,” has been put forth by the AU. If ratified, the convention will affect a large part of the ICT sector across the continent. The growing developer communities, including those at the iHub and other […]

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iHub ResearchBy / Fri, 01 Nov 2013 09:46:58 +0000

Released: Umati Analysis of Online Content from ICC and Devolution

Photo Credit: Jonathan Kalan‘Dangerous Speech,’ a subcategory of hate speech, first coined and defined by Benesch (2013), is speech or another form of expression that has a reasonable chance of catalyzing or amplifying violence by one group against another. Our Umati Project has been especially interested in Dangerous Speech since the inception of the project last September, only […]

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iHub ResearchBy / Tue, 16 Jul 2013 12:26:34 +0000

Umati Project: Challenges of Capturing Relevant Data

umati-05As 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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iHub ResearchBy / Fri, 28 Jun 2013 13:34:37 +0000

Umati Final Report Released

Umati Project-1-3A project by iHub Research and Ushahidi, Umati was born out of the influence social media was seen to have had on the 2007/8 post election violence. The Umati project sought to identify and understand the use of dangerous speech in the Kenyan online space. The goals of the project were: To propose both a […]

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iHub ResearchBy / Wed, 10 Apr 2013 09:00:27 +0000

Increased Levels of Online Hate Speech in February and March 2013

Screen Shot 2013-04-10 at 11.51.24 AMHate speech has garnered growing interest in Kenya since the 2007/8 Post Election Violence where it was seen to have played a significant role. As a result, the Umati project was initiated in September last year to monitor the Kenyan online space for hate and dangerous speech, and will continue to run until May this […]

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iHub ResearchBy / Sat, 23 Feb 2013 17:30:05 +0000

Online Media Monitoring Phase 1 (Oct 2012 – Jan 2013) Umati Report Released

Photo By: Jonathan KalanHate speech has garnered growing interest in Kenya since the 2007/8 Post Election Violence, in which it seems to have played a role, and because it has been rising again in certain contexts – online for example – in the period leading to our next presidential elections in just over two weeks. In response to […]

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