Umati Final Report

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This 44 page resource is the comprehensive final report of the Umati Project that focused on monitoring hate speech online. The Umati Project ran for nine months between September 2012 and May 2013 and monitored numerous blogs, forums, online newspapers and both Facebook and Twitter content generated by Kenyans. The online content tracked on social media included tweets, status updates, comments, posts, blog entries, videos and photos. One of the primary aims of the project was to develop a methodology for online hate speech tracking that could be replicated locally and in other countries and online environments.

This article will be of use to researchers and practitioners interested in the monitoring hate speech online in various online environments. It will also be particularly useful for those interested in tracking online content in various languages. The project monitored online content in English along with the locally spoken vernacular languages of Kikuyu, Luhya, Kalenjin, Luo, Kiswahilli, Sheng/Slang and Somali.

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