Colloquium - Robust Study of Online Hate Speech: How to Get Data and What to Do with It

December 6, 2019 - 4:00pm
110 MLH
Susan Benesch
Dangerous Speech Project

In spite of wide, keen interest in online hate and in testing methods to diminish it, there are very few robust studies. Many are hindered by two obstacles: lack of access to good datasets, and the difficulty of reliably detecting hate speech. In this talk, Susan (who has led several related projects) will offer ideas for overcoming the obstacles, and invite discussion.


Susan Benesch - Dangerous Speech Project, profile pic by Sandeep SaxenaSusan Benesch founded and directs the Dangerous Speech Project, to study rhetoric that can inspire violence - and to find ways to prevent this without infringing on freedom of expression. To that end, she conducts research on methods to diminish harmful and hateful speech online, or the harm itself. She is Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard, and teaches at American University in Washington, D.C.