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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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Prison Sentences Reportedly Reduced for Iranian Baha'i Leaders

September 18, 2010 |

In a surprising development, reports out of Iran indicate that the harsh sentences handed down to seven Baha’i leaders last month have been reduced. Though the reason for this move is not yet known, lawyers representing the seven were informed two days ago that the twenty-year sentences would be halved to ten years. While the…

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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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AFP: UN anti-racism panel calls on Iran to counter hatred

August 27, 2010 |

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination released a statement today urging Iran to counter the discrimination that its minorities face everyday. While the Committee focuses on racial and ethnic prejudices, the statement also mentioned the difficulties faced by members of the Baha’i Faith in addition to ethnic Arabs, Azeris, Balochis, and Kurds….

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Iran: Seven Baha'i Leaders Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

August 10, 2010 |

The top seven leaders of the Iranian Baha’i community are now reported to have been sentenced to 20 years in prison. They were arrested in May 2008 and held without charge for 18 months before being charged with such crimes as “propaganda against the state” and “spreading corruption on earth.” Their trial began in January…

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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.

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