PeaceTech Lab Lexicons

Lexicons take a deep dive into online hate speech and explore opportunities for hate speech awareness, prevention, and mitigation.

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Social Media and Conflict in South Sudan

HATE SPEECH IN CONTEXT

Since the outbreak of violence in the world's newest country in December 2013, South Sudanese have called attention to how hate speech has inflamed further violent conflict. 

But what's the connection between online hate narratives and violence on the ground in South Sudan? How do we begin to understand those connections?

A PROMISING START

To address these questions, PeaceTech Lab developed a Lexicon of Hate Speech Terms in South Sudan, combining cutting-edge social media analysis with in-country expertise to identify both the terms likely to incite violence, and their social and political context. The Lexicon, published in December 2016, identifies alternative language to mitigate hate speech impact.

The goal of this research is to inform organizations and individuals combating hate speech and building peace in South Sudan, as well as to raise awareness among social media users on the dangers of specific inflammatory language.

Learn more about hate speech in South Sudan.

 
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Social Media and Conflict in Nigeria

GAINING CONTEXT

In 2017, PeaceTech Lab expanded its role in combating online hate speech to Nigeria where the country's varied conflict scenarios and growing tech use create an ideal environment for the presence and proliferation of inflammatory language. As Nigeria approaches the 2019 general election, there is immense concern that hate speech will rise and have a damaging effect on the election process.

ADDRESSING THE PROBLEM

PeaceTech Lab developed a Lexicon of Hate Speech Terms in Nigeria, combining cutting-edge social media analysis with in-country expertise to identify both the terms likely to incite violence and their social and political context. The Lexicon, published in April 2018, also identifies alternative language that would mitigate the impact of this speech.

The goal of this report is to inform organizations and individuals combating hate speech and building peace in Nigeria while raising awareness among social media users on the dangers of using specific inflammatory language.

 
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Youth and Radicalization in Mombasa, Kenya

UNDERSTANDING THE NEED

Although it is well-known that extremist groups such as al-Shabaab use social media to spread fear and recruit susceptible youth, there is very little evidence-based research that details how at-risk youth use social media and how language is used online by extremists to radicalize and recruit these youth. By better understanding language related to violent extremism and utilizing innovative social media monitoring technologies to track radical online narratives, PeaceTech Lab has developed a solid analytical foundation that will inform and support local P/CVE efforts in Mombasa.

TACKLING THE ISSUE

In partnership with Wasafiri Consulting and with funding from DAI, PeaceTech Lab identified, monitored, and analyzed online content and the sources of influence used by extremist groups to radicalize youth in specific communities in Mombasa, Kenya. The project, published in May 2018, ensures that rigorous research around online violent extremism informs locally-driven, participatory initiatives that can build resilience and prevent radicalization in at-risk communities.