Monitoring and Analysis of Hateful Language in South Africa: A Fourth Deep Dive

While the phrase “White monopoly capital(ists)” became prominent on South African social media in 2016 to allegedly benefit corrupt businessmen around President Zuma, today it’s frequently used by politicians offline to broadly target white business people. It reflects a local frustration implying white business people are unwilling to share wealth with a broader group. While there may be white capitalists enriching themselves at the expense of others, the phrase is not always used to imply this, and its context determines its importance.

Read More
Monitoring and Analysis of Hateful Language in South Africa: A First Deep Dive

As South Africa gears up for an election, we’ve been monitoring and analyzing trends throughout the country for several weeks to understand and offer insights on the potential relationship between hateful language on social media and instances of violence on-the-ground. We’ll have a series of reports coming out for the next two months (you can read the first one here and then sign-up to receive the rest). But we realized, we don’t just want to present the data to you -- we also want to explain the effects.

Read More
#ZeroIgnorance211

I firmly believe that the uptick in online hate speech around the world has a lot more to do with ignorance than it does any issue having to do with ethnicity, tribe, race, or anything else. This ignorance is costing us greatly. All around the world, and especially in my home country of South Sudan, hate speech has caused violence, ignited conflicts, and has had a deeply enormous and negative influence. The world is more connected now, meaning that we can more easily and quickly communicate with people on a very large scale, but that has also meant that people with ill intentions can also easily and quickly spread dangerous speech on a very large scale.

Read More
Two Is Better Than One: How Automated & Human Monitoring Can Tackle Hate Speech

Online hate speech and incitement are on the rise around the world, and it’s become more and more clear to me that we need to find new approaches to tackle this massive problem. Monitoring hate speech shared online is not new to me personally -- given the scale and prevalence of this issue in Nigeria, it’s something I’ve been working on for a long time to develop innovative solutions to this new-age problem. Unfortunately, the methods and means I was using in the past were neither quick nor efficient enough for the wild fire of hate speech. I knew there had to be something better.

Read More
Antura and the Letters: A Learning Adventure

An estimated 2.5 million Syrian children have been out of school due to the crisis that has ravaged their home country for years. As refugees move from one location to another in search of respite, children not only miss out on the critical need for structured and formal education but are also subjected to stress and emotional trauma that’s disrupted their ability to learn.

In response to the crisis, the Norwegian government and several global nonprofit partners started the EduApp4Syria competition in January of 2016 as a challenge to activists, experts, and gamers alike to create educational games that aim to help war-affected Syrian refugees. And thus, Antura and the Letters was born.

Read More
Kelly HoyeComment
Private Sector Support for Development and Peacebuilding

Once the primary domain of government, the private sector has taken an active role in supporting the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the areas of development and peacebuilding. 
Major corporations like Kaiser Permanente, LEGO, Qualcomm, Nike, and Citi, to name just a few, have embraced any of the SDGs that align with core business activities. These companies are actively supporting a wide range of areas from healthy communities and children’s learning to bringing wireless technology to underserved communities and promoting diversity in business.

Read More
Kelly HoyeComment