Crowdsourcing Hate Speech: New Media and Violence in Kenya

September 21, 2010 |

New technologies and media are central to the Sentinel Project’s mission. However, just as these developments can help to prevent genocide, they can also be used to perpetrate it by inciting hatred and organizing violence. In her article “Putting Hate Speech in Context: Observations on Speech, Power, and Violence in Kenya“, Susan Hirsch outlines some…

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Updates from the Engineering team

September 20, 2010 |

As our research team continues to develop the risk assessment process, our engineering team has been working on putting together the core software platform to support the final anticipated process. This is a quick update about progress being made on this. From a development standpoint, we are essentially building a web-based collaboration system that has…

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Research Developments: Identifying Genocidal Risk Factors

September 18, 2010 |

The Sentinel Project early warning system (EWS) is a two-stage process. First, it examines the structural characteristics of a society that predispose it to genocide. Second, it monitors ongoing events to track the development of genocidal processes. For the last several months, our Research Team has been busy concentrating on the first stage. The team…

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Open Source Genocide Prediction: Version 0.1 of our Early Warning System – Part 2

August 5, 2010 |

In a previous post we discussed the basics of the approach we are taking to developing an information model of at-risk communities. This really just means a structured approach to organizing all the information we have about the situation we are monitoring. Our goal is to being able to organize everything we know about a…

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Detecting Genocide: Conceptual and Research Developments

July 5, 2010 |

Genocide is a complex problem and predicting and responding to it are usually constrained by several factors including geography, the difficulty of information gathering, international legality, and political will (within the state in question and outside of it). Mapping and analysing the factors leading up to genocide is undoubtedly an ambitious goal, but the Sentinel…

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Open Source Genocide Prediction: Version 0.1 of our Early Warning System – Part 1

June 11, 2010 |

We have been making some good progress on developing our Early Warning System (EWS), a rigorous and transparent process for monitoring and predicting when a community is at risk of genocide. In the spirit of making our process “open source”, I am sharing some of the details of what we have so far. This post…

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"Guarding against genocide" – University of Waterloo features alumni founders of SP

May 15, 2010 |

The University of Waterloo website has profiled the Sentinel Project since all of the founders were UW alumni. Check out the article here.

A Progress Report with General Romeo Dallaire

May 2, 2010 |

General Dallaire spoke about his experiences in Rwanda 16 years ago and the importance of increasing the will and capacity in government to respond to genocide today:

Taking the First Steps Toward an Early Warning System

April 30, 2010 |

We’ve started work on the early warning system (EWS), but there’s a long way to go before it’s up and running. Our priority right now is to survey all the work that’s been done on genocide prevention and synthesize it into a working system. The biggest challenge at the moment is to sift through the…

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Read about the challenges of bridging the gap between theory and practice in genocide prevention

April 29, 2010 |

This article by our executive director can be found on page 18: iAM eMagazine

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