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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

22.11.2018 – “Online Anti-Muslim Hate Speech in Italy and Great Britain” seminar, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh

22.11.2018 – “Online Anti-Muslim Hate Speech in Italy and Great Britain” seminar, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh

On 22nd November 2018, University of Trento researchers Stefano Bonino and Elisa Martini and Teesside University researcher Parisa Diba presented the preliminary findings of project Hatemeter at the University of Edinburgh’s Citizens, Nations and Migration (CNaM) Network and at the Alwaleed Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World.

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10/11.11.2018 – “Noi contro l’odio. Approfondimenti tematici e tecnici per il contrasto all’online hate speech” workshop, Amnesty International Italy, Rome

10/11.11.2018 – “Noi contro l’odio. Approfondimenti tematici e tecnici per il contrasto all’online hate speech” workshop, Amnesty International Italy, Rome

On 10th and 11th November 2018, Foundation Bruno Kessler researcher Marco Guerini presented the Hatemeter platform to a group of activists of the Hate Speech taskforce.

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05.10.2018 – Euromediterranea 2018: una terra in dialogo

05.10.2018 – Euromediterranea 2018: una terra in dialogo

On 5th October 2018, University of Trento researchers Elisa Martini and Stefano Bonino participated and spoken at the event ‘Euromediterranea 2018’ in Bolzano, Italy, on the topic of online and offline hate speech.

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Public Deliverables

Due date: August 2018

D7

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

Download (pdf)

Due date: 30 November 2019

D12

Hatemeter database.

Due date: 30 November 2019

D13

Hatemeter platform.

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.

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