New "tips line" lets you help the Sentinel Project gather information and stop genocide

November 2, 2010 |

The Sentinel Project team is inviting all of our blog readers, Twitter followers, and Facebook members to help us out with information gathering. While we are still looking for committed volunteers to take on specific roles in fundraising, technology, public relations, and research, anyone can participate in our mission by helping to predict genocide and…

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Brazilian correspondents join the Sentinel Project team, South American SOC reactivated

October 25, 2010 |

The Sentinel Project is pleased to welcome two new additions to our team in South America. Marcelo Valenca, based in Brazil, will be our primary correspondent for South America as contacts are developed in other countries. Bruna Lima, also in Brazil, will be assisting Marcelo in his work. Marcelo has a PhD in international studies…

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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:

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