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.

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#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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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FUNZIfying Learning!

The number of forcibly displaced persons around the world currently stands at around 68.5 million. Europe, in particular, has seen a rapid influx of migrants since 2015, posing a host of opportunities but also new challenges in relatively uncharted territory. Tech startups across the world are taking those very challenges and working to solve them with new and innovative ideas. One such startup is Funzi, a for-profit social enterprise that uses the power of mobile phones to give migrants access to skills to enable them to build better livelihoods, contribute to their new communities, and work towards a resolution to the refugee crisis.

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Empowering Women in South Sudan

We want to introduce you to Rose. Rose is one of the lead characters on Sawa Shabab (Together Youth), a peacebuilding radio series set in a fictional city in South Sudan designed to mend relations between and among ethnic groups, teach youth resilience in the face of conflict, and instill the importance of gender equality and women’s rights within everyone.

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