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Hate speech tool for monitoring, analysing and tackling Anti-Muslim hatred online

REC Action Grant (REC-DISC-AG-2016)
24 months (01.02.2018 - 31.01.2020)


Project details

The project
in a nutshell

Project Hatemeter aims at systematising, augmenting and sharing knowledge on Anti-Muslim hatred online, and at increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of NGO/CSOs in preventing and tackling Islamophobia at EU level, by developing and testing an ICT tool (i.e., Hatemeter platform) that automatically monitors and analyses Internet and social media data on the phenomenon, and produces computer-assisted responses and hints to support counter-narratives and awareness raising campaigns.

Key concepts

Hatemeter socio-technical requirements

Hatemeter socio-technical requirements

 

Hatemeter will adopt a cutting-edge and interdisciplinary approach to systematise, increase, and share knowledge on Islamophobia, as well as foster a better understanding among target groups of how to transform Internet and social media communications into a real-time data flow to combat Anti-Muslim hatred. Responding to the complexity of Islamophobia cannot succeed except through robust dialogue and integration among different disciplines (e.g., social sciences, computer sciences, statistics), with criminology at the core, and among different stakeholders.

Hatemeter platform against Anti-Muslim hatred online

Hatemeter platform against Anti-Muslim hatred online

 

The Hatemeter platform will support NGO/CSOs in preventing and tackling Anti-Muslim hatred online. The platform will use a combination of natural language processing (NLP), machine learning, and big data analytics/visualisation to: a) monitor Anti-Muslim hatred online, in particular the topics and groups of users mainly involved in this phenomenon; b) makecomparisons on Anti-Muslim hatred online beyond the language borders, connecting content in English, French and Italian; c) take steps to prevent and tackle Anti-Muslim hatred online relying on tools for semi-automated creation of tactical/strategic planning, counter-narratives and awareness raising campaigns.

Hatemeter Lab and awareness raising campaigns

Hatemeter Lab and awareness raising campaigns

 

The “EU laboratory on Internet and social media for countering online Anti-Muslim hate speech” (i.e., Hatemeter Lab) will be built to: a) foster communication and cooperation among target stakeholder groups; b) organise training sessions directed at academics, researchers, NGO/CSOs representatives, anti-discrimination experts/professionals, civil servants, Muslim community leaders, journalists/media, and LEAs; c) promote three awareness raising campaigns that will be developed by the three NGO/CSOs involved in the project in France, Italy and the UK; d) elaborate standards and guidelines to favour the potential transferability of the Hatemeter platform.

Latest news

20-23.08.2019 – HATEMETER AT THE 14th ESA CONFERENCE, UK, MANCHESTER

20-23.08.2019 – HATEMETER AT THE 14th ESA CONFERENCE, UK, MANCHESTER

Gabriele Baratto and Elisa Martini (University of Trento) will partecipate to the “14th European Sociological Association Conference” (Manchester, United Kingdom, 20-23 August 2019) with a presentation titled “Hate speech against Muslims on social media in Italy and the United Kingdom. Evidence from European project Hatemeter”.

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23.07.2019 – HATEMETER PARTNERS INTERVIEWED ON RADIO POPOLARE, ITALY

23.07.2019 – HATEMETER PARTNERS INTERVIEWED ON RADIO POPOLARE, ITALY

Sara Tonelli (FBK) was invited to be a guest on the Radio Popolare talk show “Tamarindo”, where she illustrated project Hatemeter and its preliminary results as well as the partnership with the dissemination event “Voci per la Libertà – Una canzone per Amnesty” (“Voices for Freedom – A song for Amnesty”) that took place from 18th to 21th July in Rosolina Mare (Rovigo, Italy).

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28.07.2019 – Hatemeter at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), Italy, Florence

28.07.2019 – Hatemeter at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), Italy, Florence

The FBK paper “CONAN – COunter NArratives through Nichesourcing: a Multilingual Dataset of Responses to Fight Online Hate Speech” (Chung, Kuzmenko, Tekiroglu & Guerini) on Hatemeter preliminary findings has got accepted in the “57th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL)”. The international conference will take place in Florence (Italy) at the ‘Fortezza da Basso’ from July 28th to August 2nd, 2019.

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Public Deliverables

Due date: August 2018

D7

Guidelines on the socio-technical requirements of the Hatemeter platform.

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Due date: 30 November 2019

D18

Training module A for academics and research organisations.

Due date: 30 November 2019

D19

Training module B for stakeholders.

Due date: 31 December 2019

D20

Training seminar for academics and research organisations.

Due date: 31 December 2019

D21

Training seminar for stakeholders.

Due date: 31 December 2019

D22

Awareness raising campaigns.

Due date: 31 January 2020

D23

University Lectures.

Due date: 31 January 2020

D24

Academic publications, participation in conferences, press releases, newsletter.

Due date: 31 January 2020

D26

Final report with transferability standards and guidelines.

Due date: 31 January 2020

D27

Final conference.

Due date: August 2019

D28

Dissemination events.

Partnership

 

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With the financial support of the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020)
European Commission – Directorate-General Justice and Consumers