Information Security in the Tana Delta

May 28, 2014 |

TANA DELTA, KENYA — Information security is an issue which has been raised several times in the communities currently being visited by The Sentinel Project in Kenya’s Tana Delta. As discovered during our recent survey of Tana residents, 82% of residents polled own cellular phones, most of whom rely on SMS (91% overall across Kenya,…

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WikiRumours Goes Open Source

March 7, 2014 |

Earlier this week, we released the first version of our downloadable, open source rumour management software, WikiRumours. An instance of this software, called Una Hakika? (“Are your sure?”), is currently being configured to support our efforts in Kenya’s Tana Delta. WikiRumours is both a piece of software and an implied workflow for triaging and responding…

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Disruptive Development: Challenging Technology’s Boundaries in the Prevention of Mass Atrocities

February 14, 2014 |

Timothy Quinn recently became The Sentinel Project’s Director of Technology. Tim is a hands-on technology leader with 15 years experience deploying software for web, mobile and social media. He’s taught at both New York University and the City University of New York, developed The Sentinel Project’s Hatebase and WikiRumours software, and has been closely involved…

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Meet HateBrain, the automated social media monitoring engine at the heart of Hatebase

July 23, 2013 |

Hatebase is both a hate speech lexicon and an aggregation of real-time incident data which we call “sightings” (i.e. actual incidents of hate speech for which we can establish both time and place). Although we value our robust vocabulary of multilingual, regional hate speech, we prioritize sightings as an essential aspect of any sort of…

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Introducing Hatebase: the world’s largest online database of hate speech

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March 25, 2013 |

Predicting genocide is, by definition, an almost impossible task due to the scarcity of early, actionable data. There’s no chi-squared test or Monte Carlo method for reliably distributing societies along a spectrum from homogeneous to homicidal, both because the extermination of entire populations has become a relatively rare occurrence (thanks to the ever-increasing internationalization of…

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