Hate Speech Monitoring in South Sudan

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Project Name Hate Speech Monitoring in South Sudan
Implemented by: PeaceTech Lab
Project Website http://www.peacetechlab.org/hate-speech-in-south-sudan/
Tool(s) used: Crimson Hexagon, NodeXL, Carto, Google Charts
Country/Countries: South Sudan
Supports Peacebuilding Theme(s): Hate Speech

Project Description


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?

To address these questions, PeaceTech Lab developed a Lexicon of Hate Speech Terms, 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 also identifies alternative language that would mitigate the impact of this speech.

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.

Crimson Hexagon was used to identify, collect, visualize, and analyze instances of hate speech in social media sources, including Twitter, Facebook, news comments, blogs, and forums. NodeXL was used to visualize and analyze networks of users on Facebook pages that were being used to engage in hate speech. In biweekly monitoring reports that provided information and visualizations on recent violence and use of hate speech, PeaceTech Lab used Carto to map data from the Armed Conflict Location and Events Database. Google Charts was used for the South Sudan Hate Speech portal in the Open Situation Room Exchange (OSRx).